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Local celebrity returns to his roots
The Grumbleweeds
Members of the Grumbleweeds are still touring
Artist and entertainer Maurice Lee has returned to his roots in West Yorkshire.

The Leeds-born former Grumbleweed has settled in Ilkley after a five-year break from city life in the Yorkshire Dales.

And he will be taking centre stage once again with an art exhibition and one-man show in the market town.

The exhibition, at the Winter Gardens in March, is being opened by Graham Walker and Robin Colville, who still perform as the Grumbleweeds.

Staged by the British Society of Painters, Maurice will be exhibiting a range of watercolours, abstract and acrylic paintings.

"I have been painting all my life," said the 56-year-old.

Art gallery

"When I was on the road with the Grumbleweeds it was painting that kept my feet on the ground."

Maurice joined the trio in 1963, touring the country for cabaret, concerts, pantomimes and summer seasons.

When he left, he set up an art gallery in Hawes, North Yorkshire, leaving his days on the stage behind.

But now he has come back to the limelight, performing a solo evening of entertainment at the Crescent Hotel, Ilkley, on 12 April for charity.

"The five-year break I has made me hungry as far as the writing and performing is concerned," said Maurice.

The art exhibition is being held 8-16 March.




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