Welcome to the ROY HUDD OBE STATUE website.
If you're reading this hopefully you were a friend of Roy's. I say friend because Roy had a natural ability to make you feel as if you'd known him for ever. Whether you'd known him for years, met him briefly after a show or just corresponded with him.
Sadly Roy died on the 15th March 2020, just before the very first lock down. There was no opportunity to celebrate this wonderful man who gave so much in so many ways throughout his life.
This is why I have asked Keith Simmons, Andy Jeffrey and Ben West to help me raise funds for a statue of Roy.
All three jumped at the chance to be involved, because they all loved Roy.
This statue will be a way of saying, "Thank you Roy, for your talent, generosity and love". A lasting monument of a man who brought laughter to the world.
But we can't do it without your help. Every donation counts, no matter how large or how small.
The sculptor is going to be Sean Hedges-Quinn. He met Roy at the unveiling of his statue of Gracie Fields in Rochdale, Roy had the privilege of doing the honours for his old friend Gracie. Apart from being a fabulous sculptor, the fact they met and chatted for some time meant he got a flavour of Roy's personality, which I'm hoping will come through in the final product.
Roy loved the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. He worked there many times with his One Man Show, An Evening With, Goodnight Mister Tom and hosted the Theatres 200th birthday in 2019. Owen Calvert-Lyons, artistic director at the theatre is hoping as we are, that the statue can be positioned outside this beautiful building, ready to greet the audiences of the future.
So in anticipation I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Debbie Hudd (The missus) x