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Still rocking on Tommy; Rhyl date for heroes of comedy.

Byline: MARI JONES

THE legendary comedy duo Cannon and Ball's heyday may have been the 80s, but they still bring laughter to thousands. The duo met in the early 1960s while working as welders in Oldham. They started out as singers working the pubs and clubs of Lancashire before switching to comedy after being told comics earned an extra pounds 3 a night!

Their first TV appearance was in 1972 in the variety show The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club (Granada/ITV) before a further performance in Bruce Forsyth''s Big Night.

In 1982 they appeared in a feature film, The Boys in Blue, based loosely on the classic Will Hay film, Ask a Policeman, but it was unfortunately critically panned.

They also featured in a comic strip Rock On Tommy, which was published in the teen magazine Look-in.

In recent years the duo admitted that during their greatest period of success in the 1980s, they were barely on speaking terms and would avoid each other completely when not on stage or rehearsing. These tensions - which lasted for years - were later resolved and the two are now extremely close once again.

During this heady period in the 80s, they booked a six week run at The Dominion Theatre in London and before the show even opened every seat for every night had been sold out. They spent time working in America and were the only British double act to ever have played the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Their 1988 season at the London Palladium broke all TICKETSCannon and performing Laughter at Theatre, on 7.30pm.

box office records and theirs were the largest takings in the theatre''s history. They had made the almost instant transition from pounds 20 per week welders to pounds 50,000 per week performers. In 1985, their summer season outsold Bruce Springsteen''s British Tour, that puts into perspective how big things had become. Tickets Box office Cannon and Ball will be performing at Rhyl Pavilion Theatre next month. It's a brand new show called 'Rock with Laughter'.

The performance will also feature a Blues Brothers tribute band. Tommy Ball promises the night will be full of "unstoppable laughter and sensational music."

"We are the longest-serving double act now and we are going to be the oldest double act ever," said Tommy.

"I think when we both come on stage with a zimmer frame, we might consider retiring. But then again maybe not.

"We do get a bit homesick when we can't get home and we are sitting in a hotel room in the rain, thinking blimey, what can we do now.

"But it is all we've ever done really. After 45 years it's all we know."

TICKETSCannon and Ball will be performing Rock with Laughter at Rhyl Pavilion Theatre, on August 23, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost pounds 15.50.

Box office 01745 330000

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