Entertainer who starred in TV and film dies aged 88

Billy Moore SUS-150120-104159001
Billy Moore SUS-150120-104159001

An Eastbourne entertainer, who appeared on TV alongside a number of household celebrities, has died aged 88.

Billy Moore was a versatile yodelling and singing accordionist with a decorated CV including Norman Wisdom’s film Man of the Moment and Bob Hoskins’ Mona Lisa.

He appeared on television numerous times in shows such as Jameson Tonight, Jools Holland’s The Happening and Jim Davidson’s Generation Game, as well as doing warm-ups for Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer and Victoria Wood, among others. He toured most of Great Britain and Europe performing in variety theatres, holiday camps and cabarets.

Billy was born in Essex in April 1926 and made his first professional performance at the age of four with his parents and sister at the Bartlett’s Palace of Varieties in Guernsey.

Away from entertaining, he spent time in the Coal Mine in Askern, South Yorkshire as a Bevin Boy for his war service and worked in the office of Ford Motor Co. for 22 years, retiring aged 55 in 1981.

Upon retiring, Billy moved to Eastbourne, where he spent the later years of his life. He was described by friends as a ‘first-class entertainer’ and a ‘real character’.