Roy Becomes A Rat
Roy has been made a full member of The Grand Order Of Water Rats.
Recently he travelled down to London for the formal ceremony. The organisation was originally formed by a group of Music Hall Stars in the 1880s and has included such great performers as Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Bob Hope, Bud Flanegan and now seasoned entertainers known to most of us, such as Bruce Forsyth, Jimmy Tarbuck, Paul Daniels, Roy Hudd and more. Honorary Water Rats include The Duke Of Edinburgh, The Prince Of Wales and Prince Michael of Kent.
This year is the 125th the Anniversary of the organisation and Roy has been invited to play at the Anniversary Gala Ball in London, together with a full orchestra and The English Chamber Choir. This will be the most prestigious fund raising event to be held in London for a few years.
Roy said "The induction ceremony was very weird and old fashioned, as they have to use exactly the same wording that was used 125 years ago". Comedian and seasoned Panto star Roy Hudd wrote a poem for Roy, which he recited at the ceremony and signed for him. "They made me feel very welcome" said Roy "I had to be led into the ceremonial room blindfolded, by Frazer Hines (of Dr. Who fame), We had dinner afterwards joined by people such as comedians Joe Pasquale and Stan Boardman who were both very funny."
The evening was organised by current King Rat Rick Wakeman, a good friend of Roy's. After the induction ceremony, Roy was ushered away for an interesting tour of the Water Rat's Museum, not realising that while he was gone everyone had changed into fancy dress to commemorate the fact that Roy had worn such outrageous clothes onstage in the past.
This is all a great honour as you have to be voted in by the rest of the Water Rats, and apparently Roy is the only person to get voted in unanimously by everyone since 1963 which was American musical star Howard Keele from Carousel, Oklahoma, Annie Get Your Gun and the TV series Dallas.
The Queen and Prince Philip are hosting a special dinner party for the Water Rats at Buckingham Palace in November to which Roy has also been invited.
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