Veteran entertainer, Stan Stennett, best known for his comedy spots on BBC Television’s The Black and White Minstrel Show, has died at the age of 88.
He was due to have appeared this Christmas in Mother Goose near Caerphilly in south Wales, but the show was cancelled because of his illness.
His son Ceri confirmed that he had died at the University Hospital of Wales last night. He had had a stroke about three weeks ago and suffered complications.
Ceri Stennett added: “The wider public will say a prayer with us for a great life making people happy and doing a job he adored.”
Stan Stennett’s career began during the Second World War, playing guitar in a jazz quintet. Later, he moved into comedy, but he also appeared in soap operas – as Hilda Ogden’s brother in Coronation Street and as Sid Hooper in Crossroads.
Afterwards, he became manager of the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. It was there that his friend, Eric Morecambe, collapsed and died just after walking off stage in May 1984.
His fellow entertainer, Wyn Calvin, told BBC Radio Wales: “Stan had an amazing affection for the business, but the business had an affection for Stan.
“Although he had a reputation around Britain, there was always a love of his home in Cardiff. Stan did not want to divorce himself from south Wales to become the international name that he might have been.”
A full obituary will appear in a future print edition of The Stage.