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Noel Talbot

Noel Talbot’s story is a fascinating one, born at Craig Y Nos (the iconic home of opera diva Adelina Patti). His entry into the world was dramatic. Craig Y Nos at that time was a TB hospital and Noel’s mother had contracted TB during her pregnancy. He grew up in Swansea during the 2nd World War and from his home in Mount Pleasant watched the town almost destroyed during the blitz. Encouraged to perform by a music and dance teacher from Port Talbot, Noel perfected his comedy and dance routine through the tough Empire Theatre circuit in the 1950’s and 60’s. After the closure of the theatres he continued as an entertainer through the notoriously hard club scene. In 1971 he was offered a lead role in the pantomime Aladdin at Swansea Grand Theatre with Reg Dixon breaking box office records at the theatre at the time. Soon after he moved to Australia and was picked up by the Mike Walsh Television show proving an instant success. He stayed with the show for 17 years. Noel is still regarded as one of Australia’s favourite entertainers. Noel was close friends  with Welsh icon Dorothy Squires and one of Britain’s favourite showmen, Danny La Rue.