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The Day I . .: Cruise sunbather was comedy great; met Norman Wisdom.


A CARIBBEAN cruise led to a chance meeting with comedian Norman Wisdom for Evening Telegraph reader June White.

The 76-year-old retired nurse, of Bennetts Road, Keresley, says: "My late husband James and I used to do a lot of holiday cruises - our favourite ship was always the Black Prince.

"Sadly, he died in January, 2000, and in the December of that year our good friends Barbara and David Pryde tried to cheer me up by asking if I would book tickets and join them on the Norwegian Sky, which was sailing to the Caribbean.

"It was a lovely month-long cruise aboard what can best be described as a 'floating palace'.

"But I often wanted to give my friends a bit of breathing space and so I took lots of walks around the deck.

"One day I passed this man sunbathing and realised it was Norman Wisdom.

"I asked him if he would mind if I took his photograph and immediately he jumped up and said 'I'll do better than that...'

"Then he called his manager over to take this photograph of us both together. I've kept the picture ever since.

"I realised when we were chatting that he certainly wasn't stupid, like he pretends in his films.

"He didn't tell jokes, he was just a normal chap and a perfect gentleman."

Mrs White, who was the first nurse to move from the old Keresley Hospital to the Walsgrave, also recalls that although the comedian was actually on holiday, one night he did agree to do a "turn" while on board.

Naturally, everyone was soon rolling in the aisles, even though the sea outside was dead calm.

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CARIBBEAN ENCOUNTER: Reader June White with comedian Norman Wisdom on the Norwegian Sky
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Date:Oct 24, 2003
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