Public invited to unveiling of blue plaque for Sandy

Sandy Powell
Sandy Powell

A blue plaque will be unveiled in Eastbourne town centre on Monday at the house where comedian and ventriloquist Sandy Powell lived.

Sandy lived at 11 Elms Avenue and on Monday April 13 at 3pm British Musical Hall Society president and actor Roy Hudd will unveil the blue plaque.

Eastbourne’s famous ventriloquist Steve Hewlett will be bringing Sandy’s original dummy from the Water Rats Museum to the unveiling.

Various dignitaries will be attending including Eastbourne mayor Janet Coles and the public are welcome.

Sandy Powell, born in Rotherham, had a very successful recording career and made more than 80 records. His catchphrase was ‘Can you hear me mother?’. During the later part of his life he lived in Elms Avenue, Eastbourne and was awarded the MBE in 1977. He died in 1982.