Charlie to be honoured with blue plaque

Copy pictures of Charlie Williams,,,,Charlie with a special award made to him by the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Copy pictures of Charlie Williams,,,,Charlie with a special award made to him by the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
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ONE of Barnsley’s best-loved sons is set to be honoured with a blue plaque in his memory.

The plaque bearing the name of comedian Charlie Williams, who died in 2006, is expected to be unveiled at the recently restored Civic Hall in Eldon Street in July.

It will carry his famous catchphrase – “Ey up mi owd flower, innit a lovely day?”

Experience Barnsley suggested it and the Civic was selected as the most appropriate location because Charlie often performed there.

Charlie, who hosted TV’s Golden Shot and often appeared on The Comedians, became one of the best known comics of the early 1970s.

Before that he played football for Doncaster Rovers.

Charlie was awarded the MBE in 1999 for his charity work.

Civic chief executive Fergus Justice-Mills said: “It made sense for it to go on the Eldon Street frontage. That is the most historic part of the building, which he would have known, rather than the new entrance. When he was a performer he was in panto at the old Civic Theatre, one of the most successful they ran here. He had a longstanding relationship with the town.”