VIDEO: Top comic Norman Collier entertained in Scunthorpe and Barton with a round or two of golf at Elsham
Entertainer Norman Collier who died last week aged 87, was watched by millions on TV and at theatres and clubs during a career which included a good number of appearances in Scunthorpe and district.
Norman, who lived in Welton, near Hull, was synonymous with good, clean humour.
He was perhaps best known for his sketches featuring the microphone that continued to cut out and the troubled chicken.
They came complete with actions and sound effects, as our video shows.
Local venues Norman played included Scunthorpe's Plowright Theatre, the Wortley Hotel, the Reform Club and Elsham Golf Club, where he attended the centenary celebrations.
He was guest speaker at the Motor Trade Partnership’s Christmas Seminar at The Screen, Scunthorpe, in 2003.
The following year he switched on the Christmas lights in Barton.
In 2006 he performed at the Plowright and reflected on his life in comedy, with some great anecdotes.
He shot to overnight stardom in 1971 when he stole the show at the Royal Variety Performance and won a standing ovation for his act.
From then he was in demand for his stage act and after-dinner speeches, and also for TV and radio commercials and charity appearances.
Norman served as a vice-president of Barton Town Band.