Jimmy Tarbuck cancels his show

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 June 2013

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VETERAN comedian Jimmy Tarbuck has blamed 'ill health' for a decision to cancel a summer show at Weston's Playhouse, weeks after being arrested over allegations of child abuse.

The allegations date back to the 1970s and the Liverpool-born funny man has since pulled out of scheduled shows across the UK.

Jimmy Tarbuck – born James Joseph Tarbuck – has been in the public eye since the 1960s after becoming a host on Sunday Night at the London Palladium and leading ITV’s Live From Her Majesty’s.

Tarbuck, aged 73, was arrested and bailed in late April and has now withdrawn from his Weston date, which was due to form part of his summer UK comedy tour.

A spokesman from Parkwood Community Leisure, which runs the Playhouse Theatre, said: “We have been informed by Mr Tarbuck’s producer and promoter that Mr Tarbuck is suffering from ill health and, in light of previous health issues, he has been advised to rest for the foreseeable future.

“As a result, his show at the Playhouse Theatre, scheduled for August 29, will not be going ahead.

“Customers who had booked tickets have been contacted and will be reimbursed in full.”

The comic, known affectionately as Tarby, has won an OBE for services to showbusiness and charity and has been released pending further enquiries.

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