man is Barry Gammon one half of the famous 1980's comedy duo
Gammon and Eggs.
Barry and his partner Gary Eggs met while working together at
the Nabisco food packing plant in Clitheroe and it was there
that they got a reputation of entertaining their fellow workers
in the staff canteen at break time. One day a fellow packer
Alice Slack, later to be Barry's wife, told the hapless pair
they should be on the stage. The two men talked long and hard
over this suggestion and after a while decided to jack in their
jobs and go on the road in search of stardom
The pair did their ground work in the hard working men's clubs
until finally in 1983 they broke through into TV with an
appearance on New Faces. Guest panellist Larry Grayson described
them as extremely average and said they could "open his shut.
Children wait in anticipation for the start of
the Gammon and Eggs 1984 Christmas special.
The pair went from strength to strength on shows as meteoric as
3.2.1,Summertime Special and even Lucky ladders. The pair, armed
only with their famous catchphrase "I've put some cream on but
its still itchy" became the nations favourite double act.
families used to wait eagerly all year to huddle round the TV
and watch the famous "Gammon and Eggs " Christmas specials.
Everything was marvellous until the 1990"s rise of reality TV
and the inevitable death of the old guard of entertainers.
Gary did try to adapt with his own reality TV show "fertilise my
eggs" in which celebrities would sleep with Gary's wife Yvonne
Eggs and the lucky contestant who made Yvonne pregnant would be
crowned "king of the swimmers"
Barry however went down a different path and after his lovely
wife Alice left him for the ex radio 1 disc jockey Bruno Brookes,
he slipped into a world of drink, drugs and hookers.
He was last
seen in a bar in Macclesfield dressed in his trademark 'sozzled
clown' suit surrounded by freaks and dancing lesbians.
Poor Barry Gammon.