Roy Barraclough MBE dies; Another Tameside TV Legend passes away.
Thursday 1st June 2017 13:26 News Posted by Nigel P.

 

BBC Media City, Salford. Where Roy recorded the famous sitcom’ Are you being Served’ as recently as last year. (2016)

The death has been announced of TV acting stalwart Roy Barraclough MBE, following a short illness.

Roy who lived in Ashton had been suffering from heart problems for many years but continued to work up until last year, completing a remake of the popular seventies sitcom series “Are you Being Served,” playing Mr Grainger.

However Roy who came originally from Preston will be remembered most of all, for two iconic roles as one half of a double act alongside Comedy Legend Les Dawson.

The pair dragged up as Cissie and Aida in a long running series of sketches depicting two Lancashire women based on original characters invented by a comedy genius from an earlier period, Norman Evans.

The second and more recent role that reached even greater numbers of TV viewers was that of Alec Gilroy in Coronation Street.

Roy got his first role in the show in 1965 and returned several times as Rita Fairclough’s seedy night club agent during the seventies.

Roy reprised his role in the mid eighties and became the unlikely landlord of the Rovers Return alongside his long time friend Julie Goodyear who played Bet Lynch.

By that time he was already well known to many of the Street regulars both professionally and personally having worked extensively in repertory theatre at Huddersfield, Oldham and Stoke where he often shared the stage with a then unknown young actor called Ben Kingsley.

Roy was a genial and kind man, but did not suffer fools gladly, he had a sharp wit and superb timing of one line put downs if something or someone was annoying him.

A consummate professional, whether on stage or screen, he was admired by his fellow actors and writers alike for his ability to deliver comic lines while retaining his character’s credibility in any situation.

He is the latest of several Tameside based TV legends to pass away in recent years including Roy’s friends and colleagues, Kathy Staff who came from Dukinfield and Bill Tarmey who lived for many years in Ashton.

Roy was a mine of information on theatre and show business and he also found time to devote to several charities, including the Willow Wood Hospice in Ashton where ironically he passed away this morning. (Thursday 1st June 2017).

Roy was a patron of Willow Wood alongside Sir Bobby Charlton and fellow Street actor Mottram based Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Roy leaves behind a long time partner Mark Llewellin to whom we wish to extend our deepest sympathies at his loss.

By Nigel Pivaro