FOUL-MOUTHED funnyman Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown is heading home to his native Middlesbrough next month.
The 69-year-old spoke about his colourful career, and how he was once barred out of a Hartlepool club “when it all kicked off”.
.“IT wasn’t my fault, honest,” protests Chubby.
“I think it was the Boilermakers club, it was a Saturday night and I was on stage then the next thing I knew it all kicked off.
“There was hell on. The police came, and I ended up getting involved. The drummer was telling them ‘it wasn’t Chubbs’, but they weren’t having any of it. I was trying to sort it out.
“I ended up having to go and see the committee before they let me back in. Happy days.”
Roy was no stranger to the Hartlepool club scene back in the early days, and fondly recalls how he “cut his teeth” in the town during the 1960s and 1970s.
“Sorry if I talk with my mouth full, but you’ve caught me having my dinner. It’s only a little pork pie though.
“I served my time in Hartlepool. Richardson Westgarths, the Catholic Club, Owton Manor club.
“Comics used to dread going to Manor club, but I loved it.
“I used to like the Belle Vue club as well. I met a bloke in prison who was a scrap dealer from Hartlepool, and when I got out I was on at the Belle Vue.
“When I got there people were laughing, and it turned out this fella had his donkey with him at the bar. Nobody dared say anything, he was rock hard.
“In the 1960s and 70s, the clubland in the North East was buzzing. There were thousands of clubs stretching from North Yorkshire up to Whitley Bay.
“You could get a booking which saw you on stage on a Saturday night, then the Sunday dinner time and the Sunday night, and you’d go home with a hundred quid in your pocket.
“That was a lot of money back then.
“I remember being booked at Crimdon Dene caravan site one Sunday night though, it was the middle of winter and there was nobody there.
“It was thick of snow, and the fella had to shift all the snow with this tractor so I could get my van through.
“When I got in the club, there wasn’t a soul there, and it turned out they’d hardly sold any tickets.
“The place was dead in the winter.
“Anyway this bloke walked in and sat at the bar, I was about to go home by this stage but I said to one of the staff that I’d go and have a bit chat with him and crack a few jokes as he’d bought a ticket and I didn’t want to disappoint him.
“I walked over to him, and he asked me if I could wait until his mate turned up as he had a ticket as well. That could only happen in the North East.”
For tickets to see Roy “Chubby” Brown in Middlesbrough on October 10, visit www.middlesbroughtownhallonline.co.uk or call (01642) 729 729