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North east pensioner wins Sunday treat

ByDave Stopher

Jun 28, 2018

A Gateshead pensioner who has attended every Sunday for Sammy show received a very special Father’s Day surprise when he bought the latest DVD of the show.

Bob Burdis (76) from Saltwell, Gateshead was delighted to discover a special golden ticket inside the DVD cover which has given him tickets for the next show in 2020 and a special autographed souvenir. Bob however almost missed out on his celebrity prize as firstly he nearly bought the 2016 DVD that he already owned by mistake and secondly, he was about to throw away the golden ticket thinking it was simply an advert.

Luckily, Bob’s daughter Nicola Devlin from Stanley was on hand to look more closely at the ticket and realised just what her dad had won.

During the show, the cast autographed a logo board as a momento of the very first Sunday for Sammy show at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena and Bob’s DVD was the one out of the first run of three thousand copies that included the ‘Golden Ticket.’

Sunday for Sammy, unofficially known as the Geordie Command Performance is a celebration of North Eastern culture staged to raise funds to support the next generation of North Eastern performers with training, expenses and equipment.

The DVD contains appearances from the cast regulars with surprise guests including Brenda Blethyn and Johnny Vegas, musical highlights featuring Trevor Horn singing “Video Killed The Radio Star,” Ralph McTell performing a poignant version of “Streets of London” and a crowd pleasing duet between Joe McElderry and Jersey Boys singer Ryan Molloy performing “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.”

Bob was absolutely over the moon to win the signed logo and tickets for the next show.

“I love Sunday for Sammy and have all the DVD’s. I really enjoy watching the songs, comedy and real Geordie entertainment. Nicola and I will watch this on Father’s Day and relive the show.” he said.

JG Windows MD Rupert Bradbury said that the signed logo had been a popular attraction in the store’s window since the February show.

“We’ve had hundreds of people admiring all of the autographs on the logo – It really is a collector’s item and Bob must be very pleased to own it.”

Show producer Ray Laidlaw was delighted that a real fan had won the prize.

“If anyone deserves this, it’s Bob. He’s an avid fan and has supported the charity since he went to the very first show in 2000. He’s going to need a very big frame to put it on his wall but he’ll have a fantastic talking point when his pals come to visit.”

The DVD’s including the 2018 show are available from JG Windows in Newcastle and Metro Centre.

Sunday for Sammy website: https://www.sundayforsammy.org/