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Stan Stennett MBE

Blue Collar


(also a Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama)

Rat?s register number: 563. Initiated: 19 April 1959

Cardiff born, Stan became a renowned comedian, actor and jazz musician (he was a fine trumpet and guitar player) who always flew the flag for his beloved Wales.

Serving with the British Army in WW2, he made his first significant stage appearances as part of "Stars in Battle Dress". (His debut was with The Harmaniacs.)

Commencing full time on the Variety circuit in 1949, he became resident comedian on the radio show "Welsh Rarebit". He also appeared regularly in "The Black and White Minstrel Show". Numerous pantomimes and concerts littered a long and distinguished career, plus he made forays into opera and films.

In the 1970s he became a high profile public face again when he clinched the role of Sid Hooper in ITV's long running "Crossroads". There were also other TV roles in shows such as "Coronation Street", "Casualty" and "Doctors".

In addition, he held the lease for the Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, where, on 27 May 1984, he hosted the show where he interviewed his old friend Eric Morecambe. Famously, this was the night when Eric collapsed and died backstage at the venue.

Stan leaves a widow, Elizabeth, and two sons, Roger and Ceri.

Scribe Rat Mike Martin
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