Hall of Fame honour for funny man Bobby

Comedian Bobby Bragg from Bloxham with his British Musical Society award. NNL-141229-125139009
Comedian Bobby Bragg from Bloxham with his British Musical Society award. NNL-141229-125139009

Comedian Bobby Bragg of Bloxham was the toast of his profession when he was invited to a star-studded event in London.

The tables were turned on the comedian and king of the warm-up when the glasses were raised in his direction and he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Music Hall Society’s 51st Annual Ball.

He said: “My wife Gail and I had been invited to the ball at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, by our friends Roy Hudd and his wife Debbie.

“Roy had asked if I would do ten minutes and toast the society and I was only too happy to oblige.”

Bobby, who presented the Banbury Guardian’s Strictly Banbury charity ballroom competition in 2011, added: “When we arrived, Gail and I were surprised to see that we were sitting next to our very dear friend Harry Hill, the comedian.

“I thought it was a bit strange, as I’d been with Harry only a couple of days earlier and he hadn’t mentioned that he was going.”

The couple took their seats at the top table next to Roy and Debbie Hudd, Harry Hill, actress Lynda Baron and singer Rick Wakeman and his wife Rachel.

“We had a great meal and lots of fun and laughter,” said Bobby. “There was time for the speeches and Roy was, as ever, truly hilarious; I did a bit and finally Harry took to the floor and gave ten minutes of pure comedy genius.

“He then said ‘the reason I am here tonight is to talk about Bobby Bragg’. I looked at him in amazement and thought he’d lost the plot.

“He said the most lovely things and spoke about my 40 years in television comedy and the many shows I’ve worked on.

“He talked about how we had worked together for 15 years and then presented me with the British Music Hall Society Lifetime Achievement Award. I was totally stunned and literally speechless. It was an evening I will never forget.” Bobby joins a distinguished list of recipients of the award which includes Dame Vera Lynn, Danny La Rue OBE, Sir Norman Wisdom OBE, Bert Weedon OBE , Tom O’ Connor, Jess Conrad OBE, Anita Harris and Roy Hudd OBE.

Bobby’s extraordinary career began in the clubs and progressed to summer seasons, pantomimes, the London Palladium and a Royal Variety Performance.

He has become the most prolific warm-up man in TV history, working on more than 6,000 shows alongside many of the biggest names in light entertainment.