A charity night in a palace with Sir Cliff Richard was an event to remember for one Grimsby entertainer. Gary Williams was invited to the Cliff Richard Tennis Foundation charity auction with celebrities including Cilla Black, Ainsley Harriot and Jasper Carrott.
Gary grew up in Grimsby, attending Immingham’s Eastfield County Infant School. He first came to the public’s attention after appearing with the BBC Big Band on television playing tribute to Vic Damone. Since then he has gained more fans by appearing in London’s West End in The Rat Pack.
After dinner, Gloria Hunniford and Virginia Wade started an auction for the charity. Gary said: “One of the lots was dinner with Cliff Richard, which went for £22,000 – a little out of my price range.”
The evening, held at Hampton Palace earlier this month, culminated in Sir Cliff singing carols accompanied by James Galway and the band of the Queen’s Guards. Gary said: “The event was magical from start to finish.” Gary is next in Grimsby on Mothering Sunday, March 26, at the Roy Kemp Suite in Grimsby’s Central Hall, to raise money for the RLNI. Joining him will be Leo Solomon.