Paul Chuckle has told how he still feels his late brother Barry around him when he is on stage.
The Chuckle Brothers star said he feels as if Barry – who died at the age of 73 in 2018 – gives him inspiration and helps him to get the audience laughing when he is performing.
The Daily Star quoted Paul, 72, as saying: “Baz comes to me in my dreams and I feel his presence when I’m waiting in the wings before I go on stage.
“He inspires me with gags. I’m doing a lot of the lines he used to do and I feel he’s there helping me get laughs so I can time them the same as he did.”
The Chuckle Brothers were a children’s TV staple during the 1980s and 1990s, with their series ChuckleVision proving to be a favourite among kids back in the day.
The duo got their first big break when they competed on and won the talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1967.
ChuckleVision began in 1987 and ran for 22 years, until 2009.
During this time the brothers – real names Paul and Barry Elliott - starred in nearly 300 episodes, which saw them getting into all sorts of precarious misadventures.
The siblings’ older brother, Jimmy Patton, later said that Barry had been suffering from bone cancer which had spread to his lungs, but said that he had kept news of the disease private.
He told The Sun at the time: “We are all devastated.
“Barry had bone cancer which had spread to his lungs.
“He was ill for years, but kept it hidden. We knew about it, but kept it quiet, and all the family are really hurting right now.”