Now well known to many as a great Panto dame, Steve Barclay was about 14 when he went on stage with Tommy. He had to help with a trick with rope through his jacket.
Steve remembers thatt This was in Torquay and Peter Hudson was helping ... through
the mayhem Tommy and Peter were laughing up stage, and the trick REALLY went
wrong. Tommy did a cod faint, and when he was down he said to the band in the pit
"Play us off quick."
They did and that was the first half over. Steve went in his dressing room, and
got a signed cartoon and a pen saying STOLEN FROM TOMMY COOPER!!!
Around four years later, when Tommy was appearing for a week at the Broadway
club Failsworth Manchester, Steve wrote to Tommy. Below is a copy of the actual
reply that he received.