Concert in memory of Sheffield comedienne

Jill Alex
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A concert is being planned in memory of a Sheffield comedienne on what would have been her 70th birthday.

Jill Alex started as a singer on the working men’s clubs’ circuit in 1960, before progressing to compere at venues such as Batley Variety Club and The Aquarius in Chesterfield, alongside big names such as Des O’Connor and Neil Sedaka, and then as a solo comedienne.

Following her retirement, Jill and her late husband Geoff ran Eyam Tea Rooms.

Jill later moved to Norfolk and then Florida, but spent many months each year in Matlock.

The grandmother died of cancer aged 69 in April, after a 30-year career in showbiz.

To mark what would have been her 70th birthday, the concert is being held by her son, Jonathan, himself a club performer, at Woodseats Club in The Dale, Woodseats on Wednesday, September 10.

He said: “It’ll be a night full of non-stop entertainment with the show being presented as a kind of Wheeltappers and Shunters Club.”

Admission is £5, with proceeds split between charities Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis and Look Good, Feel Better.

n For tickets call 07834 382782.