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And it’s goodbye from him: Ronnie Corbett RIP

Lost of another legend

Inside Croydon

Croydon today lost one of its most famous residents, and firmest of friends, after the death of comedian Ronnie Corbett.

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Corbett, who was 85, had been ill for some time.

Figures from theatre and television were quick to pay tribute to the comedy great, who for nearly 20 years was a fixture on Saturday evening primetime television with Ronnie Barker in their sketch show, The Two Ronnies – a bit like Ant and Dec today. Only funny.

But Corbett had been a mainstay of variety shows and TV since the 1960s, and he and his wife, Anne Hart, were successful enough to be able to buy one of the prestige houses on Shirley Church Road, close to Addington Palace golf course, where Corbett spent many happy hours.

Today, Corbett’s inspirational role in the re-opening the David Lean Cinema in Croydon’s Clocktower complex was recalled by both…

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