It’s been a busy year for Radcliffe-on-Trent resident Vince Eager. As well as his performing, talking and writing duties, Vince is also a trustee of the Radcliffe RSPCA Animal Centre.
Much of the year has been spent alongside his fellow trustees in planning and raising funds for the new Education and Adoption Centre being built on the A52 at the entrance to the village.
With the shell of the building now in place and the opening expected to be in the new year, Vince can concentrate more on the showbiz side of his life.
In April, Vince received an unexpected call from Decca Records inviting him to partake in a project involving his former flatmate and good pal Billy Fury who passed away in 1983.
It appeared that as there was a demand from Billy’s fans for a special record to celebrate what was to be Billy’s 60th anniversary on 1st October 2018.
As a consequence, Decca invited Vince to be a part of a project which involved combining the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra with a selection of Billy’s recordings, similar to the successful recent albums of Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison.
Decca’s idea was for Vince to perform a duet with Billy on what had become Billy’s signature tune and possibly his most successful release, Halfway To Paradise.
It was ironic that in 1972 Billy and Vince were due to tour together when Billy had a heart attack and the tour was cancelled.
They had decided to perform a duet on the tour which had been successful for both of them by performing the song being It’s Only Make Believe, so this presented Vince with an opportunity to make up for his previous disappointment by using modern recording technology and laying down his vocal alongside that of Billy’s.
“I first met Billy on 1st October 1958 so it’s taken 60 years to get it together, but it was well worth waiting for,” said Vince.
On Friday 28th December, Vince will be appearing with his band The Memphis Tones and surprise guests at Grange Hall in Radcliffe for what will be his 14th annual Christmas Show at the venue.
Tickets are £12 and available from Pen2Paper, Main Road Radcliffe, or phone 0115 933 3009.
The event is a BYOB, bring your own booze, snacks and glasses.