Sam Kelly “a rare and wonderful man”

Sam Kelly who supported Bexhill's Mad Fish
Sam Kelly who supported Bexhill's Mad Fish

A heartfelt tribute from Bexhill was paid to Sam Kelly, of ‘Allo ‘Allo and Porridge, who died on Monday at the age of 70.

It came from Emma Burnett, of Mad Fish Studios for performing arts, who had a close connection with the actor.

She told the Observer: “Sam was a friend and also a patron of Mad Fish Studios. I first met him when we did HMS Pinafore at The Savoy Theatre in London back in 2000 with The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.

“He was so funny and so kind, we all used to sit under the stage when we came off stage and listen to him tell stories and naughty jokes.

He was always so happy and friendly to everyone.

Latterly he became a patron of my Studios in Bexhill and bumped into Emily up at Regents park last summer when she was doing The Sound of Music. He will be missed by us all, he was a rare and wonderful man who touched all the people he knew.”

Photo shows Sam with student Emily Carey, and with cast of HMS Pinafore with Emma on the right.