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Reader letter: Jim Davidson is not all that bad

PUBLISHED: 15:29 24 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:29 24 February 2018

Jim Davidson appeared at Cromer Pier. (Picture: Contributed)

Jim Davidson appeared at Cromer Pier. (Picture: Contributed)

Archant

I read with interest the rather unflattering remarks (EN, February 14) about Jim Davidson.

I cannot profess to know him really well but my gut feeling is that his remarks about theatre staff or anyone else are meant to be humorous rather than offensive, and I would like to set the record straight.

I have met Jim on a couple of occasions. We were both in attendance at the funeral of rock star Keith Emerson who tragically took his own life in March, 2016, a week after my mother died of bone cancer - not a good week for me personally.

He lifted the gloom at Keith’s funeral making the congregation laugh with his speech, combining humorous remarks with heart-warming praise for Keith and his music.

I am sure he was a great comfort to Keith’s family, friends and fans.

He also arranged a memorial concert for Keith at the Birmingham Symphony Hall last year with the proceeds going to the “Love After Combat” charity, so he can’t be all that bad.

So my message to Jim would be “keep making us laugh Jim, but perhaps be a bit more courteous about who you may or may not offend.”

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