1989, Su is caught by Michael Aspel...
"Su Pollard, This Is Your
Su; "I never
suspected a thing!"
alongside you in Dick Whittington, Peter
Blake, Ken Bruce and Bernie
Winters with Schnorbitz."
Bernie; "Su is
unbelievable. It's great being your
Su's husband Peter;
"I was working behind the scenes on
the stage version of
Hi De Hi!, when I met Su.
She was going onstage, dressed as a
when I asked her to marry me."
Su's parents Hilda
from Perth. This is an honour you have
earned, we are both
proud of you."
"You were born and brought up in
Nottingham, the family home
was in Prospect Terrace. When you
were a little girl your favourite game
pretending to run a cafe."
Su's sister Jean;
"Su's favourite game was playing
cafes. One day she served
me up a meal heavily laced with
"More family members, Su's aunt
Nora, uncle David,
aunt Dorothy, cousin Stuart and his
"You and your
best friend, Julie Jones, join the junior
drama group at
the Nottingham Coop Arts
used to pull faces at me right in the
middle of my serious
Doris Bates of the
Cooperative Arts Theatre.
"We're all proud of you here."
Mary, Su's drama
teacher and inspiration; "Even then
I spotted a real personality,
she had a great deal of warmth and
"Su, you take a secretarial job and
the join the Coop, where your
boss was Keith Pike."
a sense of humour helped being Su's boss.
She was very unpredictable,
dashing here and there. She also
had strange taste in clothes."
"Keith encouraged you to audition
for Opportunity Knocks. You
sang 'I'm Just A Girl Who Can't Say
No'. You are pipped at the post into
second place by the singing dog
year you are cast as the aristocratic
Jane in Rose Marie. You get
your first West End break in the
musical Godspell in 1976, and the
year you're again on the London
stage in the musical revue Oh! Mr
"A famous TV
writer working on a new comedy series in
1979 recalls seeing
you in panto in Wolverhampton,
playing the dame in Goldilocks. He
Perry and the comedy is Hi De Hi!."
"And that's exactly what you looked
like at the audition, a
pantomime dame. David Croft and I
were at my flat, Su arrived with odd
shoes, odd stockings, looking as
though she'd escaped from an Oxfam
"Hi De Hi! runs for eight
years, and the final show was a
sad moment for its' millions of
fans, as well as you Su."
"From Hi De
Hi!, Felix Bowness, Linda Regan,
Nikki Kelly, Laura Jackson,
David & Tony Webb, Chris
Andrew, Diane Holland and Barry
"Su, you thoroughly deserve this
evening, all my love."
"You continue to be in great demand
in cabaret, and earn rave
reviews in the star role in Me
And My Girl in London's West End.
There is also
three Royal Variety Perfomances,
and more recently the series You Rang
Paul Shane; "I
have so many Su stories. I remember her
practising her tap dancing for
Me And My Girl at three in
the morning in her hotel room. That's
"Su this is the last night of your
panto so we are granting you a wish.
Peter told us your wish would be
for your mum and dad to be here. All the
from Perth in Australia, Don and
this is your life."