Derek has always had a keen ear for music and an approachable, friendly nature capable of making people laugh and to be happy since a very tender age.
He was always keen to watch all George Formby’s films and was encouraged by his parents to take up lessons to play the ukulele banjo now being an accomplished ukulele banjo player and a member of the George Formby Society.
He loves everything about the 1940’s era, particularly the music but it is Winston Churchill, who he admires most from that time.
Derek is a natural mimic so when a friend suggested that he persue a career as a Winston Churchill Impersonator he rose to the challenge resulting in yet another facet of his capabilities. A few years ago he appeared as Winston Churchill in the BBC Drama “Hustle”.
In recent years his fascination and admiration for that legendary great comic Tommy Cooper has led to creating the highly amusing Tommy Cooper Tribute.
Following in his father’s footsteps who,in his later years became an after dinner speaker at many golf dinners,)Derek decided he wanted to share his interest in the lives of Winston Churchill,George Formby and Tommy Cooper.
Through his engaging talks he does this with enthusiasm and perfection.
About his talks...
Derek is a ‘stand alone’ performer and requires little in the way of equipment (see each entertainment for specific details).
He can provide his own PA system and lectern but it is always useful to have tables provided.