Monthly Archives: June 2018

PETER BYRNE : The Service


Tuesday 12th June 2018

After several years as a resident of Denville Hall, The Actor’s retirement and care home in Northwood, west London, Peter Byrne died on May 14th.

A Service was held at Breakspear Crematorium nearby, with a full house, and a very moving tribute to “A terrific actor and a great bloke”, as it said on the order of service, or Programme as it was referred to.

The service was conducted by The Reverend James Fields, with Paul Elliott giving a personal tribute, the reading of a letter from Sheila Welch and a tribute from Peter’s Step Daughter, Vivien Gee.

A great turn out of Family, friends and colleagues who worked with Peter over a huge career- Just some of that career is mentioned in an earlier item on this Green Room Site.

I wasn’t able to remember everyone that was there, but I made an attempt to recall some- and there was a lovely atmosphere of remembering and recall anecdotes and off and on stage moments with his mates, back at Denville Hall.

Apologies to those I’ve missed out- perhaps you can let me know the names I didn’t quite catch or recall and I can add them here.

Vivien and Anthony Gee

Val Foice & Family (Peter’s Cousin)

Paul and Linda Elliott,

Haydn And L J Elliott,

Lalla Ward (Chairman of Denville Hall)

Chrissie from Denville Hall

David Webster

Sheila and Nick Welch

Doreen Hermitage

Audrey Laybourne

Spencer K Gibbons and Rudi Gibbons

Rev Cindy Kent

Ken Morley

Anita Graham and Richard Harris

Mark Wynter

Joe Harmston

John Hobbs and Ian,

John Newman & Daphne Palmer

Chris Moreno

John Fleming

Sarah Whitlock

Sylvia Carson

Moira Foot

Belinda Carroll

Nigel Ellacott

Andrew Ryan

Christopher Ryan

Madeline Smith


A very lovely reception hosted by Denville Hall afterwards, and a big thank you for looking after us so well in this beautiful house.Thanks to Paul, Linda, Haydn and L J Elliott for organising such a tribute- It was a great send off. We left the service to the sound of “Dixon” himself, Jack Warner, singing the theme song “An ordinary copper” to the successful series, the one that Peter Byrne appeared in for 432 episodes, over 22 series and made him a household name.

God Bless Peter. It was a joy and a pleasure to have known  “A great bloke”.



Gary Wilmot MBE

Congratulations To Gary Wilmot, who today receives the MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List!


Long known as Dame Gary, This amazingly talented – performer has been officially recognised, and has received the MBE . Here at IBY we couldn’t wish this honour on a nicer chap!


Gary will be appearing as Dame in “Snow White” at The London Palladium this season, his second time as Dame at this famous West End Theatre.


Follow this link to our “SPOTLIGHT ON GARY WILMOT”


Summer Panto Continued

Panto In The Park. July 2018
Pumpkin Pantos in association with Camberley Theatre present
 ‘Panto in the Park: Red Riding Hood’ this summer!
Panto in the Park

Bursting with brilliant songs, jam-packed with jokes and crammed full of colourful characters, Red Riding Hood is a panto so funny you’ll be howling with laughter!

This performance takes place at 1pm at London Road Recreation Ground, Camberley, GU15 3HB on Saturday 28th July.



Here is a link to the show trailer: 



Summer Panto is on the way!

Half-term is over, and all over the UK Children’s shows kept families entertained during the week’s break. I enjoyed seeing the Stiles & Drewe “Goldilocks” at The Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford- great fun for all and one hour of sing-a-long entertainment with a happy family of porridge eating bears, A lumberjack and his fiesty daughter Goldi, perfect for the holidays.

Coming this summer- not one, not two but THREE pantomimes at Blackpool’s North Pier Theatre- Two for children and one strictly Adults only! Here’s the information:


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Gerry Graham Pantos & Productions bring some pantomime fun to Blackpool’s North Pier Theatre during August 2018, With not 1, not 2 but 3 Pantomimes!

For the family they present Cinderella every Wednesday in August at 2.30pm & 7pm & You are invited to join them for a up-to-date family friendly presentation of this well-loved, heart-warming rags to riches romance, with loads of comedy, pathos, music and audience participation, it’s a show not to be missed!

Then every Thursday in august at 2.30pm more family fun as they present Dick Whittington & his cat! Join them as Dick Whittington searches for Fame & Fortune, Will He find it or will Queen Rat & Capt Pigseye stop him? There’s only one way to find out – Book your tickets today!

Then for the big boys and girls who are 18 and over every Thursday in august at 8pm they present- Carry On Whittington, The Confessions of a Country Boy…
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It’s a bawdy pantomime only for big boys and girls over the age of 18!
Join the very raunchy team for a night of hilarious fun – it’s the perfect night for Hen parties, couples or just a group of friends!Once again – Carry On Whittington is a STRICTLY ADULTS ONLY EVENT.

An annual Holiday treat in Weymouth is “Pirates Of The Pavilion”, presented by Made To Measure Pantomimes, the company that presents the Panto each year at The Pavilion Theatre.


Pirates of the Pavilion is brought to you by the Producers of the Award Nominated Christmas Pantomime- SLEEPING BEAUTY, Made-to-Measure Pantomimes!

Pirates of the Pavilion is set to return in July with a brand new Jurassic adventure that’s guaranteed to have your ROARING with laughter!!

Featuring ‘REAL’ dinosaurs, including an eye-popping Flying Pterydactyl!

Pirates Of The Pavilion runs from Monday 30th July 2018 to Wednesday 29th August 2018

The Pavilion theatre tells us that they will be running a Relaxed Performance on Thursday 31 July at 1pm to accommodate people on the autism spectrum, as well as those with communication difficulties and learning disabilities.

Slight changes will be made to the show itself; any loud noises or strobe lighting will be omitted, the auditorium lights will be left on and audience members will be free to leave the theatre and spend some time in a quiet area set up in the foyer at any point during the performance. However, the fun, slapstick, comedy, music and laughter will stay exactly the same!

Bookings for the relaxed performance can only be made via the Box Office, call between the hours of 9:30am – 6pm or call  01305 783 225.