'Wally Scott choked with laughter as Billy Butler threw me out of the studio'

Wally Scott (left) with Billy Butler (right), who sustained a black eye in Benidorm
-Credit: (Image: Brenda Southward)

A Wally Scott superfan told how the late legendary DJ laughed so much he couldn't catch his breath as Billy Butler frogmarched her out of Radio Merseyside.

Brenda Southward travelled to Benidorm to see the performer every year and was a regular at Billy and Wally weekends in Prestatyn, Southport and Blackpool. The now-70-year-old from Chester met Wally for the first time in the 1990s and told the ECHO: "We joined hundreds of Scousers for fantastic shows."

Brenda added: "Fans would go to any lengths to smuggle drink in to Pontins. I myself once took in a colostomy bag full of whiskey. I used to manufacture them as a job. During one show in Prestatyn I threw a blow-up doll at Wally while he was singing Living Doll with Billy and, like true professionals, they carried on singing whilst laughing.

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"We made many friends at the shows and still keep in touch now. Once at Prestatyn I had my purse stolen and two very kind Scouse ladies who I didn't know, lent me some money to get home."

One year, while visiting Benidorm for a 'Billy and Wally Benidorm Bonanza' shows in Spain, Brenda was caught with the blow-up doll by airport security, leaving her "absolutely mortified". She added: "When the Benidorm trips started, I continued to go for years with my boyfriend along with hundreds of Scousers.

"One year we were going to marry there and Wally was going to be my best man but it fell through as there was too much paperwork involved for us all as we weren't residents."

Wally Scott and Brenda in 1992, with his ventriloquist's doll, Reliable Ronnie
Wally Scott and Brenda in 1992 with his ventriloquist's doll Reliable Ronnie -Credit:Brenda Southward

Brenda described Wally and Billy as "great friends" even after Butler allegedly threw her out of the BBC Radio Merseyside studio. She said: "At a recording of Hold Yours Plums at Radio Merseyside, Billy frogmarched me out into the street because I enabled one of the callers to win a holiday. Wally was choking laughing. Wally was a good friend and always made people feel like they were friends. I sent him a birthday card every year.

"One year I sent him a cake with his face on which was delivered during his show with Billy. Wally rang me later and said he had taken the cake to Alder Hey Hospital for the kids, he was so kind. I still keep in touch with Billy and Lesley Butler and listen to all his shows on Liverpool Live. Him and Wally produced some fabulous shows over the years and I truly think Billy should be awarded an MBE.

"I've travelled all over the world and people everywhere have heard of Billy and Wally. I miss Wally so much but I've got all his tapes to keep me laughing."

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