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Former manager of Newark Palace Theatre remembers Jimmy Greaves, the footballer and the entertainer

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A former Newark Palace Theatre manager remembers the late, great Chelsea, Spurs and England footballer Jimmy Greaves, describing him as funnier than any comedian to grace the stage.

David Piper said: "I was saddened to hear of the death of Jimmy Greaves. As well as a great footballer he was also a great entertainer.

"When I was at the Palace Theatre I worked with a number of great comedians; Norman Wisdom, Bob Monkhouse, Ken Dodd, Ronnie Corbett, Jimmy Tarbuck and many others but the funniest man ever was Greavsie.

David Piper and Jimmy Greaves. (51443156)
David Piper and Jimmy Greaves. (51443156)

"Jimmy and his pal Ron 'Chopper' Harris came to the Palace about 15 years ago for 'An Evening With' .

"His humour, timing and overall stage presence was equal to anything we saw on the football field.

"He was simply a comic genius both on and off stage. He wasn't a joke teller but his stories and anecdotes made him universally popular.

"A sad day for football."

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