EVERYONE’S favourite puppet is celebrating 65 years in show business with a visit to the region.
Sooty will be joined by his canine chum Sweep, panda friend Soo and host Richard Cadell, for The Sooty Show Live at The Customs House in South Shields tomorrow.
Richard said: “Making the TV show is great fun, but you can’t beat the reaction you get from a live audience.
“Working on stage, there’s a chance for some interaction and for the whole family to get involved, and I think it’s important to make sure the adults enjoy the show as much as the children do. You get so much more of a buzz performing in front of a live audience - it’s quite exhilarating, really.
“The show is everything you’d expect from a Sooty Show - magic, music and mayhem! It’s all about Sooty’s birthday and the gang are desperately trying to get everything ready in time.
“Inevitably, things don’t go according to plan, and when the ingredients for the cake are unleashed, things get a little bit messy.”
The Sooty Show is the longest running children’s programme in the world.
Richard’s delighted to be on the road and helping to continue the Sooty legacy.
He added: “I think I’m quite in awe about the whole thing and, obviously, I’m hugely proud to be the man who looks after Sooty.
“Everyone who works on the show is passionate and enthusiastic and totally devoted to preserving this little bear’s legacy, and I’m sure Sooty will go on to entertain children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren for many more years to come.”
*Show times tomorrow are 11am and 2.30pm. Tickets are £12, £10 concession and £38 for a family ticket from Tel. 454 1234 or www.customshouse.com.