South Yorkshire superfan’s tribute to comedian

Lorraine Dobson, 46 of Barnsley, a Ross Noble super fan who had a portrait of the comedian tattooed on her back as a dare. Pic:''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk

Lorraine Dobson, 46 of Barnsley, a Ross Noble super fan who had a portrait of the comedian tattooed on her back as a dare. Pic:''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk

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A superfan of comedian Ross Noble had the last laugh after she took up his dare - and had a tattoo of him inked on her back.

Wacky Lorraine Dobson, aged 46, from Barnsley, was dared by Noble to get the inking when she attended a gig in York in 2012 with her husband Mark, 48.

Picture shows Lorraine Dobson, 46 of Barnsley, with Ross Noble alongside the tattoo of himself on Lorraine's back. See RPYTATTOO: A super-fan of comedian Ross Noble had the last laugh after she took up his dare - and had a large TATTOO of him across her back. Wacky Lorraine Dobson, 46, was dared by Noble to get the inking when she attended a gig in York in 2012 with her husband Mark, 48. Geordie funny-man Noble promised Loraine that if she got a tattoo of his character 'Stitches' he would give her a signed DVD. Now two years on the star has been made to cough-up the goods at a gig at a Memorial Hall in Sheffield, South Yorks. Lorraine said: "During one of the improvised parts of his set where he banters with the audience I shouted out that I would get a tattoo of Stitches tattooed on my back. As soon as I said it he dared me to get it done and promised me a signed DVD if I did. And I'm not one to turn down a dare."'' Rossparry.co.uk

Picture shows Lorraine Dobson, 46 of Barnsley, with Ross Noble alongside the tattoo of himself on Lorraine's back. See RPYTATTOO: A super-fan of comedian Ross Noble had the last laugh after she took up his dare - and had a large TATTOO of him across her back. Wacky Lorraine Dobson, 46, was dared by Noble to get the inking when she attended a gig in York in 2012 with her husband Mark, 48. Geordie funny-man Noble promised Loraine that if she got a tattoo of his character 'Stitches' he would give her a signed DVD. Now two years on the star has been made to cough-up the goods at a gig at a Memorial Hall in Sheffield, South Yorks. Lorraine said: "During one of the improvised parts of his set where he banters with the audience I shouted out that I would get a tattoo of Stitches tattooed on my back. As soon as I said it he dared me to get it done and promised me a signed DVD if I did. And I'm not one to turn down a dare."'' Rossparry.co.uk

Geordie funnyman Noble promised Lorraine that if she got a tattoo of his character, Stitches, he would give her a signed DVD.

Now, two years on, the star has been made to cough-up the goods at a gig at City Hall in Sheffield.

Lorraine said: “During one of the improvised parts of his set where he banters with the audience I shouted that I would get a tattoo of Stitches on my back.

“As soon as I said it he dared me to get it done and promised me a signed DVD if I did. I’m not one to turn down a dare.”

Lorraine splashed out £140 on the tattoo at a parlour in Barnsley.

But it wasn’t until this month, when Noble performed a last-minute gig in Sheffield, that Lorraine got her reward.

“My husband tweeted Ross a picture of the tattoo before we went down to the gig and reminded him of the dare,” said mum-of-two Lorraine.

“It was really great actually because Ross tweeted back pretty fast and said that we could meet up with him after the show.

“I’ve been a fan of Ross for the last 10 years, so meeting up with him was a really special moment – well worth getting the tattoo for.

“When he saw it he just said ‘excellent’ and took a picture of it on his phone.

“After that we sat chatting for about 15 minutes – it was brilliant.”

And, true to his word, Noble presented super-fan Lorraine with a signed DVD.

Lorraine, who is mum to Ellen, 21, and full-time carer to son Sam, 14, said: “My friends think I’m a bit mad for getting the tattoo done but, to be honest, I really like the Stitches character and probably would have got it done at some point anyway.

“Taking up his dare is definitely not something I regret.”

In the film, Ross Noble plays Richard ‘Stitches’ Grindle, a clown who returns from the dead to seek revenge upon those who caused his untimely demise.

The film was released in 2012.

Lorraine is also hopeful that her antics might even earn her another meeting with the star when he returns to Sheffield City Hall on Friday, October 10.

Lorraine said: “Mark and I have got front row tickets to see Ross on his Tangentlemen tour in October this year.

“We’ll be giving him plenty of banter and I really hope he remembers me.”

She added: “I think Ross Noble is easily the funniest comedian around at the minute and I have been a huge fan of his from the beginning.

“He’s such a nice guy as well.”

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