Su Pollard says Ruth Madoc’s ghost pranked her during tribute

Su Pollard says Ruth Madoc’s ghost pranked her during tribute

April 16, 2023

Hi-de-Hi actress Su Pollard has told how the spirit of Ruth Madoc played a prank on her as she paid an emotional tribute to the star in front of a packed audience. Su was starring as a fairy in panto when the death of her Hi-de-Hi co-star was announced.

But as she took to the stage to address the audience, Su said her crown was knocked from her head by Ruth’s playful spirit.

Su, 73, who is appearing in BBC Two series Pilgrimage, also told how she had to correct then Prince Charles when he mistakenly called the hit sitcom Ho-de-Ho.

Speaking exclusively to the Sun-day Express, she recalled her mysterious encounter while performing in Jack and The Beanstalk. Ruth died on December 9, aged 79.

Su recalled: “The producer said to me, ‘I’d love you to dedicate these next two shows to Ruth’.

“I made a little speech at the end. As I said, ‘Thank you so much, she would’ve been delighted with the lovely tributes’, my crown just went forward on my head.

“I said, ‘Ruth is watching us. She’s not quite ready to settle into heaven yet’. The audience applauded – it was fabulous.”

Ruth and Su were co-stars in the 80s sitcom set in a holiday camp. Su also revealed her career has brought her in contact with the Royal Family: “I did tap dancing with Princess Di at Downing Street.

At the time I was doing Me and My Girl. She asked, ‘How are you finding the tapping?’ She did a shuffle, hop, step. She was marvellous and did it double quick time.”

And on meeting Charles, she said: “We were doing an episode of Hi-de-Hi and he was appearing on Blue Peter. He said, ‘Oh yes, that delightful programme Ho-de-Ho’ and I said, ‘No sir, it’s Hi-de-Hi’ and he said, ‘Oh yes, of course’.”

In Pilgrimage, seven stars with differing faiths – including Shane Lynch of Boyzone and reality star Vicky Pattison – travel in northern Portugal as they tackle ammodern-day Catholic pilgrimage.

  • Pilgrimage: The Road Through Portugal, BBC Two, Friday, 9pm

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