Vertigo mystery over Freddie Spa gig

FREDDIE Starr may have eaten your hamster but now the madcap comic has reached an all-time low.The zany comedian pulled the plug on his latest sell-out tour in York blaming vertigo – and it seems the mysterious illness, which left Freddie lying on a hotel room floor, may not be alleviated by coming down to sea level as he pulled out of a gig at the Spa.

By Victoria Knowles

FREDDIE Starr may have eaten your hamster but now the madcap comic has reached an all-time low.

The zany comedian pulled the plug on his latest sell-out tour in York blaming vertigo – and it seems the mysterious illness, which left Freddie lying on a hotel room floor, may not be alleviated by coming down to sea level as he pulled out of a gig at the Spa.

Starr was due to take the stage at the Spa Pavillion on November 28 as part of his Unwrapped Tour.


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But the dizzy heights of the Felixstowe sea front may have proved too much for the comic and fans are again left without a show.

The performance is due to be re-scheduled for next year.

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The 58-year-old told the Grand Opera House in York, only 90 minutes before he was due to appear on Saturday, that he was suffering from dizziness.

The theatre's general manager, Richard Evans, said: "It is sad but Freddie really was ill. He was unable to get off the floor of his hotel room.

"Though maybe it was the fear of trying to wow crowds – something that seems to have become a bit of a problem for the comedian once called a genius."

He hit the headlines again recently when he appeared at the Majestic Theatre, in Retford, Nottinghamshire. After only 20 minutes on stage he walked off when he failed to raise much of a laugh.

He left having pocketed himself £9,500, which worked out to a cool £470 a minute.

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