CANNON & Ball promise humour and memories as they prepare to perform at Leeds City Varieties on October 11 this year.

The 3pm show is billed as a “wonderful tonic of laughter” with the famous comedy duo who were famous on stage and TV in the 1980s.

An Audience with Cannon & Ball, rescheduled from earlier this year, will open with 45 minutes of performances of their legendary sketches and routines.

After the interval, Tommy and Bobby will sing a song and tell stories in their career, then open the mic to the audience for questions and answers.

The Cannon & Ball story began in the 1960s when Robert Harper and Thomas Derbyshire worked at the same factory in Oldham as welders.

Robert sang in local clubs at the weekends and invited to Thomas to join him, and eventually they did comedy, building a following in the Lancashire clubs.

As Cannon & Ball, they made their TV debut on talent show Opportunity Knocks, coming last, but in 1974 an appearance on TV variety show The Wheeltappers And Shunters Club proved successful.

Through the 1980s they had an annual TV series, summer seasons, a film, musical albums and pantomimes.

Several shows at Leeds City Varieties have been rescheduled to 2021.

They include: The Dublin Legends, May 30; presenter, broadcaster and politician Giles Brandreth in Break a Leg, May 29; Ward Thomas, April 12; Graham Gouldman from rock band 10CC, October 12; comedian Sofie Hagan, February 19; comedian Mark Thomas in 50 Things About Us, April 8.

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