20 June 2007
Bernard Manning 1930 - 2007
Bernard Manning has died at the age of 76. Born on Ancoats, Manchester, as a young man he won second prize in a Clark Gable lookalike contest - mind you a fucking Chinaman won it. He once went out with a young woman who would later star in Psycho - she was the one sat in the rocking chair.
In later life he was accused of just being a racist, but he always pointed out that he targeted poofs as well.
Actually, he was Manchester's finest comedian, and will be missed by his army of fans. On a cold, wet January night when the redundancy notices had come through, Manning could make 'em laugh. That's what he did: he made people laugh.