On Sunday 5 August 2018, we learnt that Barry Chuckle, of the legendary comedy duo The Chuckle Brothers, had passed away. Our Theatre Director, Lynda Winstanley, pays tribute.

'The Chuckle Brothers appeared here in many pantomimes beginning in 1986 when a TV duo known as the Chuckle Hounds were engaged for Jack and the Beanstalk, and most recently in The Chuckles of Oz in 2014/15. Barry, along with Paul, was hugely popular and much-loved in Darlington as he was everywhere he went. People of all ages loved them and Paul and Barry together had wonderful chemistry onstage and off. Barry was a true gentleman, unassuming, a true entertainer in the tradition of variety theatre and he will be greatly missed.'