War hero straight from GBT’s final

An amazing guest will take part in Day By The Sea at the Royal Hippodrome tomorrow in the form of 97 year old Fergus Anckhorn.

A former Japanese prisoner of war who saved lives by entertaining guards with tricks, it was Fergus’s incredible and brave story which so inspired Britain’s Got Talent finalist Richard Jones who used it in his act.

Jones moved the audience and judges with the war veteran’s exploits, performing a trick with a special deck of cards against the backdrop of a Union Jack flag. At the end he had the flag whisked away to reveal the Second World War veteran himself, plus the band of the Household Cavalry.

At 18 Fergus was the youngest ever member of the Magic Circle and says it was a simple disappearing egg trick that he used to entertain guards and win favours such as extra food for himself and his friends. He will bring his life-long skill to Eastbourne tomorrow when he performs alongside the likes of Roy Hudd and Eastbourne’s Steve Hewlett.

The event will be a celebration of a golden era and is presented by the British Music Hall Society.

Doors open at 10am, the entertainment is from 10.30am-8pm. Roy himself will kick off proceedings aided and abetted by Wyn Calvin. They will be followed by ventriloquist Steve Hewlett with Arthur Lager.

Let’s All Go To The Music Hall is an hour long show with Peter John, Julia Sutton, Mickie Driver and Roger Barber, followed by a lunch break.

In ‘Tales from Lodge’ Roy Hudd will tell stories and secrets from The Grand Order of Water Rats Lodge, then comes John Hewer with his tribute show to Tommy Cooper. Geoff Bowden will entertain by recalling stars who played the Hippodrome over the years and Stefan Bednarczyk will sing Flanders and Swann. The line-up is completed by Marilyn Hill Smith of BBCR2’s Friday Night is Music Night, Adam Daye, Brandyn Shaw, and The Plummers.