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Fantastic tales of Spike Milligan bring in funds for Dartmouth Caring

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: November 12, 2012

Picture shows Ed Welch (second left) with Dartmouth Caring trustees Tim Hailstone (far left) and Adrian Lloyd Edwards with Dartmouth Caring Manager and Coordinator Alison Stocks (second right)

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DARTMOUTH Caring has said thank you to composer Ed Welch after his ‘brilliant’ talk about his time working with Spike Milligan.

The hugely successful Mr Welch gave the talk at Dartmouth’s Royal Castle Hotel on Tuesday November 6 in aid of the charity, which looks out for the elderly and the vulnerable in the Dartmouth and district area.

Mr Welch, who has provided music for countless TV and film projects – including the famous Blockbuster’s theme and music for Thomas the Tank Engine and friends – worked with the famous comedian, writer and poet on a number of his series, including the hugely influential “Q” programmes - which were an inspiration to the Monty Python group.

Mr Welch kept the audience rapt with his stories of Mr Milligan, including his fights with TV executives and his ‘difficult’ reputation, as well as light-hearted anecdotes of his legendary quick wit.

The evening also featured a raffle with prizes kindly donated by local businesses and a top-quality meal from the Castle’s Grill Room restaurant, hosted by its manager Tom Kendrick.

Alison Stocks, manager and coordinator for Dartmouth Caring thanked everyone who helped make the evening such a success – especially Ed.

“It was a fantastic talk which everyone clearly enjoyed,” she said. “The presentation and the anecdotes were informative and funny. We are so grateful to him for giving up his time and helping us to raise funds for our vital work in the community. The raffle was a big success thanks to all the very generous donations from local businesses and Tom and his team did a great job: the food was top notch and we all felt very welcome.”

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