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Comedian's home opens to public
Frankie Howerd
Hundreds of photographs, scripts and props will be on display
Fans of comedian Frankie Howerd will be given a unique insight into his life this weekend when his home is opened to the public for the first time.

Hundreds of photographs, scripts and props belonging to the late star are being displayed at Wavering Down, his former cottage, near Cross in Somerset.

The archive has been brought together by Chris Byrne, the comic's close friend who now manages his estate.

The Up Pompeii star died at his country bolt-hole in 1992, aged 75.

Mr Byrne and Dennis Heymer, the funnyman's former partner and manager, still live there.

We have never changed a thing. Frankie never even had a washing machine and the mangle is still there in the kitchen
Chris Byrne, close friend

"People will see the house as it was when Frankie lived here," Mr Byrne said.

"We have never changed a thing. Frankie never even had a washing machine and the mangle is still there in the kitchen."

Among some of the more unusual items in the eccentric collection are Mr Howerd's false teeth, infamous wig and his walking stick, which was modified so he could slip a small bottle of gin into the shaft.

"It was a difficult decision to open the doors to the public, but so many people were asking me when they could have a look around I thought I should do it in honour to Frankie," Mr Byrne said.

"It's an insight not just into the public man, but how the private man lived a very normal and peaceful life."

Wavering Down is opening on Easter Sunday, Easter Monday and two to three times a month until the Autumn.

Money raised from admissions will go to charity.




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