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Ray Alan

Ray Alan

(1930 – 2010)

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Ray Alan

Ray Alan
(1930 – 2010)

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Ray Alan

(1930 – 2010)
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This is a tribute to Ray Alan. Ray Alan was an English ventriloquist and television entertainer from the 1950s until the 1980s. He was associated with the puppets Lord Charles, and Tich and Quackers.
Born in Greenwich, London, Ray Alan was educated at Morden Terrace School, Lewisham. Ray Alan was introduced to the world of entertainment at a young age, entering a talent contest at the age of five at his local Gaumont cinema.
Aged 13 he became a call-boy at the Lewisham Hippodrome Theatre, where he started to do magic sets on stage between acts. He then started to entertain private functions, introducng ventriloquism into his act, along with playing the ukulele.
Ray Alan toured in cabaret all over
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the world and performed once with Laurel and Hardy in 1954. Laurel had provided inspiration for the look of Ray Alan's most famous creation, Lord Charles, who first appeared at a charity show in Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London.
Ray Alan made his television debut with Lord Charles on the BBC programme The Good Old Days in the 1960s and the pair regularly re-appeared on the programme. He also created the puppet character Ali Cat for the HTV series Magic Circle (1977). He was also the presenter for two years of the BBC show Ice Show. In 1985 he was a special guest for Bob Hope's birthday show at London’s
Ray Alan continued to perform well into his seventies, doing tours and also undertaking conference
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and corporate events. In 1998/1999 he entertained guests on the QE2. He also wrote for many shows, including a documentary entitled A Gottle of Geer for Channel 4, and the ITV show And There's More in 1985 which starred Jimmy Cricket. He wrote two novels 'Death and Deception' in 2007 and 'A Game of Murder' in 2008, both published by Robert Hale.
His last stage appearance was in November 2008 when he performed at a special charity concert in Bridlington organised by his friend Greg Knight who is MP for the town. At the end of his performance he received a standing ovation.
Ray Alan passed away aged 79 on the morning of 24 May 2010. This is a memorial dedicated to his life and his career. May he rest in
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This is a tribute to Ray Alan. Ray Alan was an English ventriloquist and television entertainer from the 1950s until the 1980s. He was associated with the puppets Lord Charles, and Tich and Quackers.
Born in Greenwich, London, Ray Alan was educated at Morden Terrace School, Lewisham. Ray Alan was introduced to the world of entertainment at a young age, entering a talent contest at the age of five at his local Gaumont cinema.
Aged 13 he became a call-boy at the Lewisham Hippodrome Theatre, where he started to do magic sets on stage between acts. He then started to entertain private functions, introducng ventriloquism into his act, along with playing the ukulele.
Ray Alan toured in cabaret all over...

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