Catchphrase host Roy ready to share the craic at fund-raiser

Johnstons social committee members Alister Taylor, Fiona Cuthbertson and Debbie Colvin join Roy Walker and Dougie Hyslop from the Hawick Albion committee in promoting next month's charity event at the high school
Johnstons social committee members Alister Taylor, Fiona Cuthbertson and Debbie Colvin join Roy Walker and Dougie Hyslop from the Hawick Albion committee in promoting next month's charity event at the high school
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FORMER Catchphrase host Roy Walker has revealed why he enjoys his regular visits to the town – because he loves the craic!

And the Belfast-born comedian admitted this week he can’t wait to take the stage at his fund-raising gig in the high school next month.

Organised by the social committee at Johnstons, the 61-year-old has agreed to stand up in front of a Teri audience in a bid to help raise money for Hawick Albion RFC and the Huntingdon’s Disease Associ-ation.

The Irishman is no stranger to Hawick as a frequent visitor to the Dean Road home of his close friend Ian Fraser, and it is through this friendship that the well-known celebrity also met Teri Elliot Jack.

He told the Hawick News: “I really like the town and the people. You go into the shops and it’s always good craic. It doesn’t matter if you’re spending £4 or £400, the craic’s great.

“This is just my way of saying thanks to the local people. I’ve never had any bother or hassle, everyone’s just always glad to see you.”

Best known for presenting Saturday night hit show Catchphrase, Roy spent seven years in the British Army. Originally a stand-up comedian, he has appeared on a number of television shows including Celebrity Wipeout, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Phoenix Nights.

And he is currently a star on Radio One DJ Chris Moyles’ breakfast show with Car Park Catchphrase.

He said: “Some people will remember me as a comedian and some from Catchphrase. Others will know me from Radio One, which I’ve been doing for the last two years. And I actually started out as a band singer when I left the army. So the show will be a four-parter – I might throw in a comedy song as well.”

Roy is booked for 24 nights in Blackpool later this year and starts his Irish tour in October.He said: “This will be a good opener for the season.”

Tickets, priced £10, are available from Dobbie and Michie, Brian Smail’s (Keystore Express), and La Gems.