Princely sum for Royle memories

Ricky Tomlinson with event organiser Tony Dunn & wife Julia Dunn
Ricky Tomlinson with event organiser Tony Dunn & wife Julia Dunn

TELEVISION star and comic Ricky Tomlinson regaled audiences with stories of his life at a charity event raising money for the Prince of Wales Hospice.

The insightful evening, at The New Wheatsheaf Pub, on Altofts Lane, raised £1,100 for the Pontefract hospice last Thursday.

Around 150 people came to hear Ricky – who is well known as the lazy yet loveable father in the BBC comedy The Royle Family – talk about his life.

Tony Dunn, event organiser, said: “The night went really well and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves.

“Ricky talked about time in the Royle Family, his loathing for Cilla Black, his time in prison, and his non-celebrity lifestyle.

“He also told us that one time when he was skint and the bailiffs were sent round, one of the bailiffs lent him three quid!”

At the event Mr Dunn held an auction with prizes donated by local companies.

Mr Dunn added: “It was a great evening and a wonderful charity to raise for, my father spent time in the hospice and you never know when you’re going to need it.”

The hospice provides specialist care and support for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Mr Dunn has organised a night with boxer Frank Bruno on Thursday November 24 at Big Fellas Nightclub, in Pontefract, in aid of the hospice.

There will also be an event with Phil Taylor – 15 times world champion darts player – in March next year.

Tickets for Frank Bruno’s evening are £10 and available from Mr Dunn on 07912 983671.