Black Country comedian Tommy Mundon is retiring after nearly 60 years of making the Midlands laugh.
A stalwart of the Black Country Night Out variety show, Tommy, aged 78, is one of the region's most popular entertainers, with Liverpool funnyman Ken Dodd among his admirers.
Last year Tommy, who lives in Halesowen, revealed that he was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease.
His wife Val today said that ill health had forced him to quit the stage.
"He hasn't been well for some time, and he's been forced into retiring," she added.
His place in this year's Black Country Christmas Show will be taken by "Duchess of Dudley" Lizzie Wiggins, said promoter Jake Elcock.
He said it would mark a comeback for Lizzie, after taking two years out of showbusiness to care for her husband.
The show, which takes place at Brierley Hill Civic Hall on December 8, also features comedians Ian 'Sludge' Lees and Doug Parker, and pop group The Crockers.
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