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Paul O’Grady reveals wild days partying with Dale Winton and Cilla Black in Spain

 

Paul O’Grady has revealed how he partied with Dale Winton and Cilla Black until 5am as he fondly recalled his friendship with the late celebrities.

The Birkenhead star was close to Dale and spoke of his relationship with the Supermarket Sweep host, following his death on Wednesday.

Dale was 62 and his cause of death has not been revealed.

Paul revealed his memories of Dale to the Daily Mirror in a moving first-person piece.

Paul O’Grady and Dale Winton

He wrote: “When I think of Dale, I think of Mr Showbiz. Out there, giving it all, with a big smile and the tan.

“He always insisted on getting that glow. He really embraced being in the public eye and absolutely loved it.”

Paul recalled how he first met Dale at a benefit at the Prince of Wales Theatre in the West End, where Dale was a “bag of nerves.”

He added: “All he had to do was walk a shopping trolley along the stage – but he was a bag of nerves.

“Encouraging him, I said: “I’ve got to go out there and do a really tricky song with an actor I don’t know and you’re worried about wheeling a bloody shopping trolley!” I said I’d swap with him any day.”

Paul and Dale were very close to Scouse legend Cilla Black and often spent time at her home in Spain.

Dale Winton and Cilla Black

He recalled one hilarious incident, saying: “One time, 20 years ago, he was the one making sure Cilla was in bed early and I was the bad one who was out partying until 5am.

“It was a joke between the three of us, he was Nurse Winton and I was Nurse Savage.”

Paul said Dale always had time for the public and never shunned anyone.

He said: “Whenever I saw Dale he was cheerful, walking down the street chatting to everybody. I remember him saying to me: “I’m so lucky, darling.”

“It wasn’t something he took for granted and he didn’t have a bad bone in his body.

Dale Winton doing a ‘Supermarket Sweep’ in Brent Cross, London, to promote the midweek National Lottery.

“It amazed me he had so much time for members of the public who wanted to speak to him and wanted pictures with hm.

“He never shunned anybody and thought it was part of the job.

“Dale was great fun to work with because he was always so jolly. He will be missed by so many.”




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