2007: Su's Autumn 2007 Webletter - Now Online!
|Su's Autumn 2007 Webletter has
just been added to the site. Click the banner below to read up on all Su's
news and gossip. Plus it's also a sneak-preview of a new design/layout
possibility for Su Online (no links/buttons are enabled on the Webletter
test pages). The website will be re-designed over the next few months.
NB: The re-design may not look exactly
as the Webletter section looks.
2007: Su's Autumn 2007 Webletter
|Su's latest Webletter will be available
to read very soon. This will be Su's tenth letter written specially for
Su Online, and her first for over a year. So expect lots of news and gossip!
2007: Hi-de-Hi! Reunion 2007 - SuOnline page - Coming Soon!
|Stay tuned for the Hi-de-Hi!
2007 dedicated Su Online page - Coming Soon!
2007: Hi-de-Hi! Reunion Weekend 2007 - The return of Peggy!
|Peggy Ollerenshaw made an extra-special
guest appearance at the Hi-de-Hi! Reunion event on Saturday. Su
donned her famous Peggy costume to the delight of everyone in attendance.
And it has to be said she doesn't look a day older than the last time she
wore the outfit 20 years ago.
Su Online will have our own special
page dedicated to the Hi-de-Hi! Reunion Weekend 2007 soon. Thanks
to Rob Cope for this fabulous picture.
2007: Hi-de-Hi! Reunion Weekend 2007 - Mini Report
|The Hi-de-Hi! Reunion was a great
success. The final guest list was Jimmy Perry OBE, David Croft OBE, Su,
Jeffrey Holland, Nikki Kelly, David and Tony Webb and costume designer
The Marine Suite of the Cliff Hotel
had been converted into the Hawaiian Ballroom for the night by organiser
Tony and Joanne Tarran, and along with a delicious meal everyone had fun
doing the old Maplin's favourites 'Sons of the Sea' and 'Just One More
Prior to the meal Jimmy and David
unveiled a plaque in the foyer of the hotel commemorating it being the
BBC base for the entire filming of the series.
One of the undoubted highlights
was Su's arrival at the meal, bringing Peggy Ollerenshaw alive for the
first time in 20 years.
[ Thanks to Rob Cope for the
2007: Hi-de-Hi! Reunion Weekend 2007 - Pictures
|A couple of photos from the Hi-de-Hi!
Reunion Weekend 2007.
Picture 1: Su chatting with actress
Judy Buxton (Mrs. Jeffrey Holland) and Tony Webb.
Picture 2: The gang, onstage leading
the singing of 'Goodnight Campers' at the end of the meal.
2007: East Anglian Daily Times - 'Hello campers' - Hi-de-hi stars return
|The stars and creators of one of
Britain's best loved sitcoms converged on East Anglia at the weekend to
say “Hi-de-hi”once more.
During the 1980s the popular BBC
comedy, set at the fictional Maplin's holiday camp in Crimpton on Sea,
attracted huge viewing figures.
Much of the award-winning show was
filmed at the real-life Warners site in Dovercourt, near Harwich, and at
the weekend many of the show's stars - including Jeffrey Holland and Su
Pollard - were on hand to meet die-hard fans and members of the general
The event, which included a gala
dinner on Saturday night and an exhibition and open day on Sunday, was
held at Harwich's Cliff Hotel, where the cast and crew regularly stayed
Co-creator David Croft, who along
with creative partner Jimmy Perry penned perennial classics It Ain't Half
Hot Mum and Dad's Army, said it was “lovely” to have returned to the area
and to see how popular the show remained nearly 20 years after it ended.
He said: “They were very happy times
and seeing a lot of these pictures, well you start to remember it all again.
“It was a happy, clean, family show
- unlike the shows today, of course.”
He praised the organisers of the
event who had worked tirelessly for the past year in getting many of the
actors behind the show's most memorable characters to agree to attend.
Probably the most enduring image
of the show remains wannabe yellow-coat Peggy pushing her mop and bucket
from chalet to chalet, dreaming of promotion.
Su Pollard, who played the character
throughout the show's nine series', spent several hours speaking with fans
and signing autographs during Sunday's exhibition and said returning to
Harwich for the first time in many years had been a great experience.
She said: “It is fantastic to be
here. We all created a wonderful, marvellous atmosphere when we were doing
“It's lovely for them (the visitors)
to see it all and when I look at the pictures I can remember exactly where
She recalled times when the cast
and crew would be partying into the early hours, often being helped to
their rooms by the Cliff Hotel's manager, who remains in charge to this
Organiser Tony Tarran said even
though Hi-de-hi had not been offered the continual repeats that have helped
Dad's Army to maintain its popularity, the quality of the 1960s-based show
had helped it live on in fans' memories.
He said: “It's their (the cast and
crew) reunion as well. Jimmy Perry and David Croft got a standing ovation
at the dinner and it's been a fantastic weekend for everyone.”
[ News Source: www.eadt.co.uk
- 15th October 2007 ]
2007: Hi-de-Hi! Reunion Weekend 2007 - Perry & Croft page
|Please pay a visit to www.perryandcroft.co.uk,
they have just added their Hi-de-Hi! Reunion Weekend 2007 page,
with some great pictures from the event, including the one below of the
venue; The Cliff Hotel at Dovercourt.
2007: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Promo flyer
gone panto crazy at Su Online this week, but then it is now October and
only a couple of months until Su morphs into the most wicked woman in the
world (Oh, OK, the most wicked woman in Malvern!), casting evil unto anyone
who dares to cross her path.
Yes, it's panto time, and Su plays
the Wicked Queen, with Andrew Agnew is Muddles and Shaun Curry as the henchman.
A wickedly spectacular pantomime
for all the family
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
with Su Pollard & Andrew Agnew at Malvern Theatres runs from 14th December
2007 until 6th January 2008
Set against the dramatic backdrop
of the Malvern Hills, Malvern Theatres is one of the country's leading
regional arts centres. It comprises three auditoria: the 800-seat Festival
Theatre, famous for its programme of top touring drama and musicals; the
Theatre, a flexible space used for concerts and dance as well as a 400-seat
Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern,
Worcestershire, WR14 3HB.
Phone: 01684 892277
[ Thanks to Mark James for the
2007: 'Droitwich Spa Advetiser' - Panto season looms large
|Over at Malvern's Festival Theatre
the claim is - Mirror, mirror on the wall, the Festival is the best of
them all!' Hundreds of children recently visited the theatre to welcome
the stars of its 2007 pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
PC Plum from Balamory (aka Andrew
Agnew) was the real draw for youngsters, while their parents could not
wait to speak to his co-star Su Pollard.
The arrival of the stars was celebrated
with a family fun day, where children could have their faces painted, take
home balloons and goodie bags, and even win family tickets for the Christmas
Nic Lloyd, chief executive at Malvern
Theatres, said: "Pantomimes are for children and their families, and so
we wanted to get the whole community involved in the launch of Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs with a family fun day.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
runs from Friday, December 14 until Sunday, January 6.
[ Source: www.droitwichadvertiser.co.uk
- September 2007 ]
2007: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Theatre brochure
|The inside panoramic page for Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs, from Malvern Theatres' brochure.
2007: 'Evesham Journal' - Party time at Panto Launch
|Hundreds of children flocked to
Malvern Theatres to welcome the stars of its Christmas pantomime, Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Crowds were at the production's
launch to see Andrew Agnew, who plays PC Plum in the children's programme
Balamory, and his co-star, actress Su Pollard.
A family fun day celebrated the
stars' arrival and gave children a chance to win family tickets for the
popular panto, running from Friday, December 14 until Sunday, January 6.
Children had their faces painted
and took home ballons and goodie bags filled with treats. Some little girls
even turned up in costumes to meet the fairytale princess.
Nic Lloyd, the theatres' chief executive,
said: "Pantomimes are for children and their families, and so we wanted
to get the whole community involved in the launch of Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs with a family fun day.
"The panto stars were wonderful,
a real hit with the children, signing autographs and having their photographs
Performance times for Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs vary and prices start at £5.50 for children.
Call 01684 892277 to book.
[ Source: www.eveshamjournal.co.uk
- September 2007 ]
2007: The Paul O'Grady Show- Hi-de-Hi!
|Not officially confirmed as yet
but it looks like there will be another Hi-de-Hi! reunion, of sorts,
later in the year. Paul O'Grady may have Su, Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc and
Jeffrey Holland guesting on his Channel 4 tea time chat show. If the show
goes ahead it will be recorded in November.
More news on this when it becomes
2007: Su in The Sun
|Su was pictured in The Sun newspaper
last week. A fashion show featured a Su lookalike.
9 2007: Seven Years of SuOnline
|Tomorrow SuOnline will celebrate
seven years being online. We hope you have enjoyed the News, Features,
Information, Gossip and Pictures we have brought you over the last 84 months!
Here are just a few of them...
2 2007: Hi-de-Hi! stars to return to Dovercourt
'East Anglian Daily Times' have reported on the forthcoming Hi-de-Hi!
Hi-de-Hi stars to return to Dovercourt
It is 20 years since Dovercourt
took on the role of the fictional Crimpton-on-Sea and the chimes “Hi-de-Hi”
rang out for the last time.
Much of the hit BBC comedy was filmed
at Warners Holiday Park in the town, and now a weekend of celebrations
is set to take place to mark the 20th anniversary of the last episode.
Writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft,
who also penned perennial favourites Dad's Army and It Ain't Half Hot Mum,
are set to join `some of the show's stars next month at the event at the
Cliff Hotel, Marine Parade, organised by life-long Hi-de-Hi fans Tony and
Mr Tarran said they became fans
of the show as teenagers living in Dovercourt and he was delighted the
award-winning writing team would be attending the event.
He said: “We have invited all the
cast and it's great that writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft will be able
to join us, especially as they are now quite elderly.”
He said “enthusiastic acceptances”
had also been received from stars Su Pollard, Jeffrey Holland, David and
Tony Webb and Linda Regan.
The couple are also asking Dovercourt
residents to dig out any old photos, film footage or memorabilia they have
from the filming of the show for an exhibition.
The series, which ran from 1980
to 1988 on BBC1, won a BAFTA in 1984 for best comedy series and proved
to be a launch pad for several of its stars.
The event, on October 13 and 14,
is in aid of two charities - the restoration fund for Harwich's Electric
Palace Cinema, where one episode was filmed, and the Association of Children's
A special celebration dinner will
be held on the Saturday night while on Sunday the hotel will host an exhibition
featuring screenings of classic clips and displays of memorabilia.
Mr Tarran said: “I had always loved
Perry and Croft classics like Dad's Army and It Ain't Half Hot Mum - they
were popular with all members of the family.
“Hi-de-Hi was particularly interesting
as it was filmed in Dovercourt at the Warners Holiday Camp and we could
see it every day from school.
“It's those special memories of
innocent family TV that we'd like to capture, possibly for the last time,
at this very special dinner.”
Tickets are still available and
for more information about the event call Tony and Joanne on 01255 554372
or visit www.dadsarmy.co.uk/hidehi.html.
[ News Source: www.eadt.co.uk
- 31st August 2007 ]
2 2007: Hi-de-Hi! Reunion Weekend 2007 - Su to attend
|Su has confirmed her attendance
to the Hi-de-Hi! reunion event at Dovercourt in mid-October. This
of course subject to last minute professional committments.
2007: Hi-de-Hi! Reunion Weekend 2007
|At this point in time Su hasn't
confirmed whether she will attend the event but preparations for the Hi-de-Hi!
Reunion Weekend 2007 are in full swing:
Come and join us in an exciting
exclusive weekend of celebration and reunion on Saturday 13th &
Sunday 14th October in Crimpton on Sea (aka Dovercourt Bay) the home of
Hi De Hi! The first event of its kind to take place. October will mark
the 20th anniversary of the filming of the last series!
The event, which has got the enthusiastic
blessing of both David Croft & Jimmy Perry, will be held in the Marine
Suite at The Cliff Hotel, Marine Parade, Dovercourt Bay, Harwich and will
consist of a Saturday evening function and meal, along with an open day
to the public on Sunday with the writers and the stars in attendance
over both days. Displays of photographs never before seen, information
on filming, locations,etc, memorabilia and exclusive behind the scenes
and outtake footage will be shown.
Tickets for the exclusive Saturday
evening are £22.50 which includes a 2 course meal and coffee with
a gift of Crimpton on Sea Holiday Rock (the price also includes free entry
on the Sunday). A cash bar will be available throughout. Numbers are limited
to around about 130 persons and will be sold on a strictly first come first
Entry to the open day on the Sunday
will be £1.00 for non-ticket holders.
Our two nominated charities supported
by this event are the restoration fund for The Electric Palace Cinema,
Harwich (where one episode was filmed) and the Association of Children's
Payment can be through Paypal or
by sending a cheque made out to A D TARRAN and sent to:-
32 BEACH ROAD
Please include a contact number/email
The writers and all the stars have
now been invited to attend and for many it will be the first time that
they have been back to Dovercourt Bay in 20 years! Early enthusiastic acceptances
have been received from :- David Croft, Jimmy Perry, Jeffrey Holland, David
and Tony Webb, Linda Regan (and her actor husband Brian Murphy), Mary Husband
(this is subject to availability
and there is no guarantee of attendance)
Accommodation is available at the
Cliff Hotel at £55.00 per night for a double or twin room on a bed
& breakfast basis. However, for this weekend only, a special package
rate of room for 2 persons is available at £145.00 for two nights
(includes B&B and entry to both the Saturday evening and Sunday events
- a saving of £10).
Why not spend some time enjoying
Dovercourt Bay and historic Harwich, or you may wish to trace some of the
locations used in the town for filming with our free leaflet available
on the day.
The Cliff Hotel can be contacted
on 01255 503 345 or by using the link opposite
*** Limited number still available
NB: In addition it looks likely
this will be filmed for a documentary.
|August 6 2007:
Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs 2007
|Su will be starring in Snow
White & The Seven Dwarfs for Christmas 2007.
She appears alongside Andrew Agnew,
Shaun Curry, and Simon Leigh at the Festival theatre, Malvern, from 14th
December 2007 to 6th January 2008.
For more general information please
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01684 892277
|August 6 2007:
'This is Nottingham' - Star Su's Call on City to Save Theatre
|Hi-de-hi star Su Pollard has thrown
her weight behind the campaign to save the Nottingham Arts Theatre.
The Nottingham actress vowed to
help, saying she "owed it all" to the city centre theatre.
She has demanded a "stay of execution"
and called on the city council to bail out the Hockley centre, which is
set to shut on Sunday.
The crumbling theatre in George
Street, which is a registered charity, needs £65,000 for maintenance
costs to keep it going into its next season.
Su said: "I cannot stress too much
how absolutely disappointed I am with all this.
"It is a more than useful service
that helps with people's development. It gives people a start in life and
helps with their confidence."
She said she tried to call Michael
Williams, director of leisure and community services at the council, to
ask for help.
"I'll keep trying to call him. I
know a lot of groups need money, but this really is part of our heritage.
And £50,000 is nothing - they have millions to spend."
Su also wants those who run the
theatre to be given more time to consider its future.
"I think they should have a stay
of execution, at least," she said.
"We need to get everyone round the
table and start talking.
"I'm willing to come round and have
a chat about things."
Su said she had fond memories of
her time at the theatre.
She joined when she was 11 and stayed
until she turned professional at 23.
While there, she appeared in Oklahoma!,
A Collier's Friday Night by DH Lawrence and pantomimes such as Aladdin.
"I wanted to do nothing but act,
but they made me do a bit of everything - I had to go in the box office
and do the props," said Su.
"I was encouraged to indulge in
every aspect of the theatre.
"They taught you to value committing
yourself to something.
"It really helped me and I owe it
all to the Arts Theatre."
An anonymous pledge of £20,000
has been made but only on the condition the theatre raises the rest of
Community groups, dance schools
and theatre enthusiasts have all spoken out against the closure.
But the city council said it could
not see a future for the theatre.
[ News Source: www.thisisnottingham.co.uk
- 20th July 2007 ]
|July 6 2007:
|Su Online is taking a short Summer
Holiday. We will be back with Su's plans for the remainder of 2007 in August.
Have a wonderful July!
|July 6 2007:
Hi-de-Hi! Reunion Weekend 2007
|Plans for the exciting Hi-de-Hi!
Weekend are gathering pace. Please click on the logo to visit the website
for further info.
Come and join us in an exciting
exclusive weekend of celebration and reunion on Saturday 13th & Sunday
14th October in Crimpton on Sea (aka Dovercourt Bay) the home of Hi De
Hi! The first event of its kind to take place. October will mark the 20th
anniversary of the filming of the last series! The event, which has got
the enthusiastic blessing of both David Croft & Jimmy Perry, will be
held in the Marine Suite at The Cliff Hotel, Marine Parade, Dovercourt
Bay, Harwich and will consist of a Saturday evening function and meal,
along with an open day to the public on Sunday with the writers and
the stars in attendance over both days. Displays of photographs never before
seen, information on filming, locations,etc, memorabilia and exclusive
behind the scenes and outtake footage will be shown.
|July 6 2007:
Menopause the Musical
long-running international success Menopause – the Musical, which since
its launch at a tiny theatre in Florida in 2001 has gone on to play in
110 cities in 9 countries, is closing at London’s Shaw Theatre on 14 July.
It opened there officially on 18
April, so will have run for just over three months by the time it closes.
It was originally booking to 26 August.
Menopause – the Musical, by Jeanie
Linders, centres on four women who meet at a lingerie sale and have nothing
in common apart from a black bra—and hot flushes, night sweats, memory
loss, chocolate binges, not enough sex, too much sex and the day-to-day
challenges of aging parents, children and partners. The show features 25
classic hit songs that have been equipped with new lyrics, including “I
Heard It Through the Grapevine” (“You No Longer See 39”) and the Motown
favourite “My Guy" (“My Thighs.")
The cast comprises Miquel Brown,
Samantha Hughes, Su Pollard and Amanda Symonds.
[ Source: www.theatre.com - June