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Con with Comedian Billy Pearce and his wife Kerry who are both appearing in 'Robin Hood' at The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford.

Dec presents a Training Session for Toastmasters International at Southwick.

 

Dec saw in the New Year with his Granddaughter Isabelle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank with Dec recently.

 

FRANK CARSON -

-  6 November 1926 – 22 February 2012

It is with great sadness that we  announce thepassing of our great friend Frank Carson.

We first worked with Frank at The Theatre Royal in Dublin in 1959 when he did a 'Double Act' with Billy Livingstone.

In later years we spent many happy years touring together and we and our families became great friends.

Throughout his life Frank raised lots of money for charity and was recognised by the Roman Catholic Church when he was awarded a Papal Knighthood of the Order of St. Gregory by Pope John Paul 11.

We will remember him as one of the nicest people in Showbiz, as a Brother Water Rat, a gentleman and a pal.

Rest in Peace my friend

 

    

    

 

Con & Dec lost another friend in Hal Roach the Comedian who toured with them back in the 60's and 70's. Hal is in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest-running engagement of a comedian at the same venue: 26 years at Jury's Irish Cabaret, Jury's Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.

Hal was an old friend from their days learning their craft in Dublin. He also helped to raise a lot of money to help autistic children. A well loved and sorely missed friend.

Rest in peace friend

 

Con, Dec and Victoria with Entertainments Manager Ben Johnson after a hugely successful show at Coghurst Hall in Hastings.

Dec on Radio Essex

with Eric Hall

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Con was interviewed on Radio York by Stuart Atkins, who was The Bachelors Musical Director for many years, and Sandy Dunleavey. They spoke about the many large orchestras  that played with The Bachelors and the fact that many of today's artists will never have the pleasure of singing with live musicians

 

Dec Conducts a Seminar for Toastmasters

showing

How we help The Prince's Trust.

 

 

Con met up with with friends Ricky Tomlinson and Jimmy Cricket at The Green Room in Liverpool

 

 

Craig, the Entertainments Manager at The Burstin Hotel in Folkestone tried his hand at playing the keyboard with Con & Dec helping out.

 

 Con Dec & Victoria stopped off at The Waterfront Hotel in Eastbourne for a glass of Champaign on their way to Mill Rhythe Holiday Village in Hayling Island where they did a fantastic show.

 

Alex Hill who plays with Con & Dec, checking his Drum Kit before the show at The Broadway, Barking.

 

Dec, Shel McRae from The Fortunes, and Con rehearse onstage at The Broadway in Barking. They played to a packed audience who sang and clapped along to the many hits of these legends from the 60's.

It is with great sadness we say farewell to our great friend Dr. Jim Marshall OBE who died on Thursday 5th April 2012 at 8.15am.

Jim was loved and worshipped throughout the music industry as the man who invented 'LOUD' by creating Marshall Amplifier which are used by every major Rock Star in the world and also by Con & Dec.

 We shall miss you Jim..... Rest In Peace

 

We lost another friend, Guitarist Bert Weedon, famous for his 'Play in a Day' books. Another Brother Water Rat who will be sadly missed. Rest in Peace Bert.

 

Con & Dec with Entertainers Russ and Kay after a fantastic show at Seacroft Holiday Village in Hemsby.

Another success for Con & Dec The Bachelors.

 

Con played Golf at Club Real Golf de Pedrena in Spain where Seve Ballesteros learned to play his Golf.

This statue of Seve is at the back of the 18th Green and dominates the landscape.

Con met up with one of the local Policemen outside his Paradore Hotel in Santillana del Mar, Spain. Also in the picture is Lorna Roberts who organised the holiday.

Con went to pay tribute to Dr. Jim Marshall OBE at a special function held in his honour.

Con & Dec Joined up with Water Rats Johnny Mans, Nico McBrain, Jess Conrad and Chas McDevitt att Dr. Jim Marshalls Tribute.

Victoria Cluskey, Roger De Courcey and Chas from Chas and Dave having dinner at Dr. Jim Marshalls Tribute.

Water Rat Con is made a 'Trap Guard' at The Grand Order of Water Rats by King Rat Joe Pasquali.

 

 

 

Con gets a startled look from comedian Bud Flanagan who was also a Brother Water Rat

Con with Jimmy Perry (Writer of 'Dads Army' and Lots more) Prince Rat Jess Conrad OBE, Comic Joe Goodwin who painted the Water Rats Sign, and King Rat Joe Pasquale

 

 


Con with Robin Collvill of The Grumbleweeds in his studio where he was filming a Video for 'Little and Often'

 

Con's Son Phillip with his Girl Friend Roni filming with Robin Collvill for their video 'Little and Often'

 

Con and Dec put on a special surprise show for Jack Summerfield's birthday at The Manor Hotel in Mundesley, Norfolk. Jack who is a great 'Bachelors Fan' was presented with a copy of The New Musical Express with a picture of the Bachelors on the front cover.

Con went to visit his friend Robin Cambell from UB40 with 'Little and Often', Con's son Phillip and girl friend Roni

Dec meets Prince Philip again!

Megan and Derek relax in Dec’s home, Stanton Prior

“Not exactly a long lost cousin, but a cousin Con & Dec have not seen for 32 years ... quite amazing ....

 

Derek is our sister Brenda’s son and has carved himself a career in Dubai and Abu Dhabi ,,, just like Brenda and her husband Freddie did all those years ago in Malaya.

 

He came over to take his daughter Megan on a road trip to meet the Cluskey side of the family ... next week he goes to see the Duggan side in Ireland before taking a break at his house in the South of France.  Of course he loves all things Bachelors ... and I even recorded Megan and himself in my studio ... he was thrilled.  He is quite a guitar player with his own band in the Emirates.

 

They were fascinated to meet the Southern Cluskeys and Megan took a great shine to Layla ... they were inseparable .... even when we walked along the cliff at Beachy Head ... not me ... I was terrified .... DEC”

Megan and Derek have a 'Jam Session' with Con's son Phillip at Con's home

 

Con brought Megan on a sight seeing tour of Halifax and showed her the Halifax Gibbet

Con's wife Kay, Megan, Derek and Con enjoy afternoon tea in the grounds of Con's home, at New Hall.

A night when cousins met in Elland. Con's sons Michael Phillip and Greg enjoy a drink with their cousin Derek Duggan.

“Dec and his team at Eastbourne ...Tony, Wendy, Dorothy, Dilys, Eliza, James, Dec”

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“Her first speech ever .... Luanne .... nerve wracking”

Prince’s Trust

 

Dec, in his role as Area Governor of Toastmasters International [the largest speaking organisation in the world], has devised a workshop programme for Princes Trust.

 

The Bachelors have always known how to talk but being so involved with Toastmasters has brought their ‘speaking’ to a new level.

 

During each twelve week stint with the Trust, he conducts two workshops with the Princes Trust students to prepare them to deliver a two/three minute speech on their last night, their Presentation night, in front of, usually, around 200 friends and family.

 

In the past months he has conducted the workshops in Hastings and Eastbourne with huge success.  So much so that he is being asked to roll out the scheme throughout the country.

 

Speaking ability = employability ....  a fascinating idea, but does Dec have the time?

 

“Dec at work - in full flow .... quality stuff!”

Awarding a well deserved certificate .... well done Ashley”

Con & Dec presented Doe Haddon with a bouquet of flowers for her 60th birthday at The Old Oscott Club in Birmingham.

Con & Dec with some of their Fan Club members celebrating Doe Haddon's 60th Birthday at The Old Oscott Club in Birmingham.

They were also celebrating Con & Dec's 50 years in showbiz, and the fans presented them with mementos of the occassion.

One fan, Margie, flew all the way from Milwaukee, USA to be with them on the day!!

Con & Dec sing 'Happy Birthday to Doe'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Con & Dec teamed up with Craig Douglas for a series of concerts resulting in Standing Ovations.

 

Appearing for one night only at The Cresset Theatre in Peterborough, Con & Dec with Jess Conrad OBE, He's the one in the suit!! He says his teeth are real but the rest of him is false!! He still left the audience to a Standing Ovation!!

Jess is currently Prince Rat with The Grand Order of Water Rats.

 

Bill Gautier with Con & Phillip Cluskey stand under the Charles 11 crest in Con's Home at New Hall after the recording session with Strange Bright Lights. Bill was amazed at the sound they got there!

Con & Bill Gautier in New Hall Recording Studio checking out the sounds made by Strange Bright Light

Con spent a pleasant afternoon on Radio Derby speaking to Andy Potter about his amazing career and the many people he has met over his 50 years in Showbiz. Later in the evening Con & Dec appeared at Allenton Royal British Legion Club where they were filmed as part of a documentary about their longevity in 'The Business'.

Dec spent over an hour on Uckfield FM talking about his 50 year career with ex Radio Caroline DJ Jim Richman. Obviously they had a great time as Dec told Jim of The Bachelors plans for the future with so many new projects in the pipeline.

Con with Elland 41 Club President David after he gave a speech about his 50 years in Showbiz. The meeting was held at Elland Golf Club and was well attended. Not only did Con speak well about his career, but he also answered many questions thrown at him from those attending.

Con & Dec with Dec's Daughter Victoria wow the audience at Hoburn Naish as they sing 'No Arms Can Ever Hold You', one of their many hits from the 60's

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Con met up with old friend Lorraine Chase at The Water Rats Ball at Lakeside.

Dec & Con met up with old friend and skiffler Chas McDevitt at The Water Rats Ball

Con & Dec at The Water Rats Ball held at Lakeside. With them are members of Dec's Family. Emma, Olivers wife, Victoria (Maybe Gaga) Con, Little Roni Hart and Dec.

 

Con with old friend Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart and a Lady Fan had a fantastic time at the Water Rats Ball. Another fantastic night and this time the drinks didn't cost a fortune!!

 

Con sings a song with Santa at his Rotary Club Christmas Lunch at Fixby Golf Club

 

 

 

 

 

Con did his bit for charity by dressing up as Santa and manning the Elland Rotary Sleigh. This years appeal was for Overgate Hospice in Elland where Con lives.

 

 

 

 

 

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