Saturday, February 8, 2014
Thousands of Only Fools And Horses fans will honour the late Roger Lloyd-Pack today by calling everyone Dave.
An online campaign called Call Everyone Dave Day has been launched to honour Mr Lloyd Pack who died last month, aged 69, and whose much loved character Trigger was renowned for calling Rodney “Dave” in the hit BBC show.
For years, Only Fools viewers watched as the gormless roadsweeper called Rodney “Dave” in apparent ignorance of his actual name.
The online campaign, which has been set up on Twitter, is calling for everyone to call each other Dave today and every February 8 - Mr Lloyd Pack’s birthday.
It is thought the campaign has already helped raise more than £1,300 for research on pancreatic cancer, from which Mr Lloyd Pack died.
The actor fell in love with Norfolk and moved to a village near Fakenham after working at nearby Melton Constable Hall on the film The Go Between in 1970.
He became a household name for his TV and film roles, but locally supported many ventures including Sheringham Little Theatre and Creative Arts East, of which he was patron, and was a popular character in his local community.
Speaking after Mr Lloyd Pack’s death, his friend, film-maker Tony Britten, from Brinton, directed the film In Love With Alma Cogan, which starred Mr Lloyd Pack and was shot in and around Cromer Pier.
He said: “When shooting The Go Between they found a house in the woods for him stay at, rather than a hotel, and he just fell in love with Norfolk and decided to stay here.
“He also had a place in London and was always working, but he would be in Norfolk as often as possible.”
Mr Lloyd Pack opened an Only Fools and Horses Museum at Bressingham Steam Museum, near Diss, in 2006, and has supported Sheringham Little Theatre for several years.
Little Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “He helped us in three ways: as a champion of repertory – he was always speaking out nationally about its importance – and he helped us here with fundraising evenings, reading poetry.
“But most importantly he worked with our young people, coming in to the workshops and directing them, which was really valuable to us, and very inspirational for them. He would often sit in the audience, unobtrusive, but supportive.”
Mr Lloyd Pack also performed at Norwich’s Theatre Royal and visited the venue for many of its productions.