Radcliffe-on-Trent resident Vince Eager got the surprise of his “death” recently when celebrating his 60th anniversary in showbiz with his solo show ‘An Audience With Vince Eager’ in Grantham, the town of his birth.
Shortly before curtain up, the theatre box office received a phone call from a lady enquiring as to the procedure for obtaining a refund on her ticket because of Vince’s death.
The surprised box office lady explained that she’d spoken to Vince earlier and he seemed fine.
“But it’s on Wikipedia, it says he died yesterday,” replied the concerned ticket holder.
Upon confirming with Vince’s son Simon that his dad was alive and kicking, the two-and-a half-hour show went ahead and was a resounding success.
The following day, Vince’s Facebook page received messages of condolence, whilst the misinformation on Wikipedia remained for three days until it was removed.
Efforts to find out who posted the announcement are ongoing.
On 14th November 1957, Vince began his showbiz career with his first appearance on national television.
That appearance was on the BBC show ‘Come Dancing’ – a precursor to ‘Strictly Come Dancing – with Vince and his Skiffle group The Vagabonds taking second place in the world Skiffle Championships.
Vince is currently looking forward to being alive and kicking for his annual Christmas & 60th Anniversary Show at Grange Hall on Thursday 28th December in Radcliffe.
Vince will be supported by his group the Memphis Tones, Nottingham Palais favourites Tristram Shandy and Vince’s son Simon with his brilliant band The Boutones.
Tickets are £12 and available from Pen2Paper, Main Road, Radcliffe and from 0115 933 3009.