Charities to benefit as Bob Bevan marries Laura Collins

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THREE sporting charities will benefit from a showbusiness wedding taking place at Eastbourne’s Grand Hotel this weekend.

Bob ‘the Cat’ Bevan MBE, one of the UK’s leading after -dinner speakers, will marry his partner of more than 20 years, actress and dancer, Laura Collins, in Rottingdean followed by a celebration ball at the seafront hotel.

More than 200 guests will be donating to the couple’s chosen charities – Sir Ian Botham’s Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, also a cancer research charity.

Lady Elsie Robson and Stephanie Moore will be attending but Sir Ian will be away on one of his fund-raising walks.

Actors Brian Murphy, Linda Reagan and Barbara Thorn will be giving readings at the wedding and Lyn Paul, a former member of the New Seekers, will be singing.

Guests from the showbiz and sporting world include 1966 World Cup winner George Cohen, football manager Lennie Lawrence, former England and Kent fast bowler Martin McCague, entertainer and writer Richard Stilgoe, DJ Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart and Lord Colwyn, deputy speaker of the House of Lords who is also a talented musician and will be providing music for the wedding ball of the couple who live in Kent.

Bob had a career in journalism and PR before becoming a sought-after entertainer who has appeared across the globe including several tours of Australia. Laura studied at the Italia Conti Stage School and appeared in many television shows and films as well as dancing in Pan’s People under the direction of the late Flick Colby.

She is now chairman of the Oast Theatre in Tonbridge and of the Kent and East Sussex branch of the Lady Taverners, which holds its annual summer fundraising lunch at the Grand Hotel, and was previous national chairman of the charity that raises money for sporting and recreation facilities for young people with special needs.