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Feel the Fury as theatre celebrates rock ‘n’ roll legend

Date: 16/10/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

Fans of rock ‘n’ roll icon Billy Fury can look forward to a night dedicated to their hero at The Central Theatre in Chatham on Saturday, 1 November. Halfway to Paradise - the story of Billy Fury is on a national tour marking the 25th anniversary of the singer’s untimely death in 1983. Born in Liverpool in 1940, Billy Fury (real name Ronald Wycherly) became an icon of British pop after being discovered by music impresario Larry Parnes and scored a string of hits for the Decca label throughout the 1960s. This tribute is performed by Colin Gold, whose mesmerising impersonation on ITV’s Stars in Their Eyes brought him national recognition. It also caught the attention of Fury’s original backing band, The Tornados, who promptly signed him as the lead singer of their tribute to Billy. The show has now been touring for the past 10 years, bringing to life Billy Fury’s classic hits, including Jealousy, It’s Only Make Believe and Halfway to Paradise, and features a narration of Billy’s life, from his humble beginnings working on the River Mersey tugboats to his years as an international recording star. There’s also exclusive screen footage of the man himself in action. The evening starts at 7.30pm, and tickets cost £17 and £15.50. There are concessions for groups of eight or more and Friends of The Central Theatre. To book contact the box office on 01634 338338 or visit www.medway.gov.uk/theatrebooking ENDS Editors: For further information please contact Lisa Caleno on 01634 338308 or email lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk