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Charlie Williams remembered with Barnsley blue plaque

Charlie Williams
Image caption Williams was the host of the ITV game show the Golden Shot during the 1970s

Barnsley entertainer Charlie Williams is to be honoured with a blue plaque in his home town.

The pioneering stand-up comedian will have a plaque on the Civic Hall acknowledging his roots in the town.

The South Yorkshire-born entertainer was the first black comedian to make the big time on British TV, first appearing on Granada's The Comedians in 1971.

His wife Janice Brown said that her late husband was a "true Yorkshireman".

Mr Williams played professional football for 14 years as a centre-half at Doncaster Rovers before starting a career as a comedian and entertainer.

His comedy catch phrase 'Eyup mi owd flower, isn't it a lovely day' will be used on the blue plaque, which will be placed on the Eldon Street side of the Civic Hall.

His wife said: "He never ever forgot his Barnsley roots. He always talked as one of the lads. He never let his success go to his head."

In 1999 Mr Williams was appointed MBE for his charity work.

He died, aged 78, in September 2006 after suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than a decade.

The blue plaque is expected to be unveiled at a ceremony on 4 July.

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