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“I was doing an impression of the commanding officer when I heard one pair of hands clapping,” he says.“It was the commanding officer himself. I must be one of the few people who got ordered into showbusiness!”Shortly afterwards he was talent- spotted by an agent while performing in a Redcoats show at Butlins in Filey, north Yorkshire, and was on the bottom rung of the variety ladder at the age of 21.Yes, the veteran crooner, comic and butt of jokes by Morecambe and Wise has found a new calling at the age of 82.And the success of his latest venture has moved him to further verse: “It’s great to be No 1 again/The news has made my day/And if there’s a bookshop in heaven/I wonder what Eric would say!To understand why Des took the relentless ribbing from Eric and Ernie with such good humour we need to go back to the Regal Cinema in Hull in 1954, when he was a penniless wannabe.“I was bottom of the bill, you know, in very small print on the posters,” he recalls, “and they would say, ‘I wouldn’t do that son, I would do this’.
Dame Shirley, who appears as the star turn in this year's BBC Electric Proms at the Roundhouse in north London later this month, has been married twice. which is being broadcast on Radio 2 this month, with the second episode due next Friday.
But Des has nothing but fond memories of their working relationship.