“Twiggy” Dies

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The Bears and I were upset last night to hear of the death of “Twiggy” – Jim Royle’s lazy, thieving mate from the Royle Family. It is a tribute to his acting ability that none of the bears even knew who Geoffrey Hughes was, yet they regarded Twiggy as one of their mates since his appearances in The Royle Family. Who could ever forget the scene from the TV comedy where Twiggy and Jim are decorating in time to Lou Bega’s Mambo #5? A classic of British comedy!

Last night TV stars were lining up to pay tribute. Ricky Tomlinson – who starred alongside him in The Royle Family – said; “Geoff wasn’t just an actor. He was my mate. I used to call him every few weeks but hadn’t spoken to him in about a fortnight. It’s such a loss.”

Geoffrey was born in Wallasey and began his career in theatre before landing TV roles in the 1960s shows Z-Cars and The Likely Lads. He also played the voice of Paul McCartney in The Beatles film Yellow Submarine. Many other roles included Vernon in Heartbeat, Uncle Keith in Skins and he guest-starred in episodes of Doctor Who, Boon and The Upper Hand.

Hilda, Eddie and Stan

Hilda, Eddie and Stan in Coronation Street.

His most famous roles were as lazy slob Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances but he will probably best be remembered for playing binman Eddie Yates in Coronation Street throughout the 1970s and 1980s. A Coronation Street spokeswoman said; “We are very sad to hear of the death of Geoffrey Hughes. He created a legendary and iconic character in Eddie Yeats, who will always be part of Coronation Street. Everyone connected with the programme sends our sincerest condolences to his family.”

Coronation Street star William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, said; “I am so sorry to hear about Geoffrey. He was a warm, lovable actor, with great comedy timing. He will be greatly missed, one of the Street’s memorable characters.”

Helen Worth, who plays Gail in Coronation Street, said; “Geoff was a very dear friend for many years, and I’m very sad to hear the news of his passing. He was a master of gentle comedy and brought pleasure to so many people. He will be sadly missed.”

Sally Lindsay, who played barmaid Shelley Unwin in Corrie, wrote on Twitter that her first TV job was playing Twiggy’s battle-axe of a girlfriend in The Royle Family, “…and he was so kind RIP lovely man x.”

Geoffrey died from prostate cancer which he thought he had beaten in 2009 but was told it had returned after collapsing in 2010. He died “peacefully in his sleep” on Friday night at the age of 68.

Razzi, who always has to have the last word on any subject, said when he heard the news; “Oh that’s all my arse! I bet he will be up in heaven selling God a pair of jeans soon. Then he will see Jesus walk past and it will be ‘Hey JC, that’s some long hair you got there, do you want some of this new shampoo I’ve got? It’s called Wash N Fuck-off’. I will miss Twiggy!”

Here is our favourite clip as a lasting memory of some of the work of Geoffrey Hughes…

The Royle Family – Mambo #5[chameleon_video autoplay=”no” skin=”dark” responsive=”yes” width=”580″ height=”325″ video=”http://jammytoast.com/media/decorating.mp4″ poster=”http://jammytoast.com/media/decorating.jpg” /]


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Lord Bearkeeper OBE DASc

A sad and lonely old man who used to have a life but it has now been taken over by his dedication to the cause of saving Renault Bears, running Jammy Toast and searching eBay, car boot sales, charity shops, lofts and even under beds for his beloved bears. He has even now taken in Flat Eric to save him from homelessness – his life is no longer his own!


15 Comments on ““Twiggy” Dies”

  1. Why do all the best people die? I miss my dad more everyday and been thinking a lot tonight + I hope hes as proud of me as I was as proud to call him my dad ♥

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