The Bobby Ball

The Bobby Ball programme
The Bobby Ball, Empress Ballroom, Blackpool Winter Gardens, 13th November 2021



The Bobby Ball programmeYour Host… Greg Burns

Greg is an award winning comedian and radio presenter who has worked on shows such as “Have I Got News For You” and “The Catherine Tate Show”, as well as appearing in “The Office Christmas Special” in a part written specifically for him by Ricky Gervais.

Other credits include hosting The Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at The Royal Albert Hall (including a notable stand up performance with Russell Brand), a special appearance in London’s West End in the smash hit musical Priscilla Queen of The Desert in 2009 and hosting the Summertime Ball in front of a capacity crowd at Wembley Stadium, which involved him introducing the likes of Cheryl Cole, Rihanna and Usher alongside Johnny Vaughn and Lisa Snowdon. Greg also co-hosted The Variety Club Awards for Channel 5.

With over fourteen years working on the comedy circuit, Greg Burns is a favourite booking for corporate events for his playful humour and infectious charm. He has worked for Virgin Radio, Capital FM as Breakfast show host and also Capital FM as drive time host.

Greg worked for Capital on Drive from 2007 to 2016, Virgin Radio in 2006/2007 and Heart London before that, from 1998 to 2006.

Greg moved to Australia to host mid-mornings on Nova in Sydney in 2016 but returned in 2019 to host “Hits Radio” Weekend shows

“As loveable a comedian as you’re likely to find. Confident, funny and clever.” The Sunday Times

“He’s a slick, sharp operator with plenty of well-crafted observational material guaranteed to please.” Chortle

“Quick-witted and lively compere Greg Burns did a fantastic job sparring with a rowdy and vocal midweek crowd with a series of sharp comebacks and a fine routine packed with unexpected punchlines.” The Comedy Star

“Greg Burns stole the show.” Forth FM

“An assured, affable performer with some top-notch routines, cheeky Burns is a solid addition to any comedy bill. ” Chortle


The Bobby Ball programmeYour entertainment this evening…

The Bobby Ball Showgirls will welcome you on arrival…

During dinner we have the following entertainment
8.45pm – El Classico
9.30pm – Figure Skating Duo
9.35pm – NK Theatre Arts
9.45pm – The Harper Brothers – host a Cannon & Ball singalong
10pm – Celebrity Charity Auction
10.30pm – D3VA
11.15pm – The Take That Experience
Midnight – Late DJ on the Decks!
Plus… many more surprises on the night!

NK Theatre Arts “The Greatest Day”

Long standing patron of NK, Bobby first became involved with NK Theatre Arts, Greater Manchester’s leading all-inclusive performing Arts Company, back in 1995 when topping the bill at a fund-raising Gala event devised by NK in association with the NSPPC at The Palace Theatre Manchester. Bobby recognised how much the staff valued its members by bringing out the best in all they did.

Bobby visited NK many times over the years and was loved by everyone. He loved to meet and chat after a show always praising and encouraging children and adults alike to follow their dreams.
We felt the lyrics in this song was exactly what Bobby would be saying to us now!

‘‘The future is ours to find
Can you see it, can you see it in my eyes.
Can you feel it now, can you hold it in your arms tonight”

Vocals: Jess Camilleri, Contemporary Dance by: Alex Gaskell, Amy Earith, Charlotte Greenhalgh, Ella Horsefield, Gemma Thurston, Georgia Goodwin, Maisie McHugh, Under the direction of Choreographer, Hannah Gorst.


The Bobby Ball programmeThe Bobby Ball Menu

Starter “You’ll do fer me Cocker”

Fleetwood Hot Smoked Salmon, Fennel Pollen Cream and Asparagus Beetroot Gel
Mozzarella, Heritage Tomatoes, Pomegranate, Molasses, Roast Red Pepper Coulis, Basil and Black Pepper Crostini 

Mains “Stuff your piggin’ face”

Slow Braised Pressed Shin of Beef, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Cauliflower Cheese Puree, Broccoli, Red Currant & Red Wine Jus
Pan Fried Asparagus, Celeriac and Black Truffle Puree, Marmite Roast Potatoes and Watercress Sauce

Dessert “Rock on Tommy”

White Chocolate and Raspberry ‘Braces’ (White Chocolate Globe with Raspberry Parfait and Red Braces)

Cheeseboard “I’ll get Him, I’ll get Him After Tommy”

Selection of Lancashire Cheeses, Biscuits and Wafers

Coffee and Mints “Together we’ll be OK”


President: Yvonne Ball
Chairman: Peter Taylor
Trustees: John Camilleri, Deni Middleton, Christian O’Sullivan, Joanne O’Sullivan, Kila Redfearn, Deborah Wilkinson

Honorary Accountants: Danbro

Producer & Event Director: Kila Redfearn
Raffle Box Organiser: John Camilleri and Karen Smith
Audio: Wigwam
Lighting: Lights Control Rigging
Video: Live Event Production
Rigging: KRS
Trucking: KB Event Ltd
Local Crew: PS Events
Bussing: Phoenix Bussing
Evening Host: Greg Burns
With thanks to the: Evenings Entertainers
With thanks to the: Bobby Ball Showgirls
With thanks to the volunteers from: The Friends of Lowther
With thanks to the volunteers from: Blue Skies Hospitals Fund

Design & Artwork by: Andrew Redfearn for Mediaprint
Press & PR: Sarah Rhodes for RHODES Media
Website Design: Code Galaxy
Lighting & Projection Supplied By: LCR
Sound Equipment Supplied By: Wigwam Acoustics
Trucking Provided By: KB Event Ltd
On-Site Catering: Michelle Cuffe for Mama Cuffe Catering
Catering Assistants: Bernie Doyle, Jenine Knott, Jacqui Wright & Trish

Thanks to: The Management & Staff of Winter Gardens Blackpool, Fylde Borough, Council, Blackpool Council, Visit Blackpool, Blackpool Gazette, Lytham St Annes Express, BBC Radio Lancashire


The evening also featured a raffle and auction

The Bobby Ball programme The Bobby Ball programme

Rock On the variety show flyerThe Bobby Ball was part of a weekend of events, which included Rock On! The Variety Show