Julian Smith

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Julian Smith on Sunday afternoon.

 

Julian was a staunch member of Steve Bennett's Christmas comedy company. I remember Julian playing the extremely comic parrot seller in Allo Allo, Capt. Mainwaring in Dad's Army, The Parish council secretary (his last role) in Vicar Of Dibley, The part-time Special bobby on a bike in Last Of The Summer Wine and the Council leader in A Little Local Difficulty.
Not a Shakespeare among them but Julian wasn’t about educating the masses but entertaining them and did he do that?


As Steve said when he told me of Julian's passing 'peacefully but still gurning'


Strangely enough his best performance was his last-as the annoyingly pedantic Frank in Vicar Of Dibley. A few days later on New Year's Day he was told he had an inoperable illness and wouldn’t survive beyond a few weeks-well he proved them wrong 7 months in fact.


We shall all miss his upbeat personality and that manic laugh. Our thoughts, as always, are with those left behind - Gill and the kids.

 

Barrie.

 

There will be celebration of Julian’s life from 1.00pm at Playhouse 2 on Tuesday 19th July. No sad faces and no dark clothes – we do have a number of costumes available should you look a little drab, I’m sure Julian would approve…
Please come along and share any anecdotes, memories or poems.

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Sat 7th to Sat 14th Oct at 7.30pm

 

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