Comic to take stage despite arrest
COMEDIAN Jim Davidson will be appearing in Llanelli next month, his agent has declared.
The controversial entertainer hit the headlines last week after he was arrested by Metropolitan Police as part of Operation Yewtree — the investigation set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Police confirmed the 59-year-old had been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences which were unrelated to the allegations made against Savile. He was later bailed pending further inquiries.
The arrest left some fans in doubt over whether his show at the new Y Ffwrnes theatre on February 14 — Valentine's Day — would go ahead.
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The event — billed as "live, dangerous and uncompromising" — follows his appearance at the old Theatr Elli in March.
Theatre manager Carwyn Matera-Rogers said: "We have made contact with Mr Davidson's agent and are awaiting feedback. We will make further comment in due course."
But yesterday, promoter Brian Shaw said: "I've had no discussion with the venue other than sending a statement confirming that the tour will go ahead as planned.
"The support he's had from around the country from virtually every venue has been absolutely overwhelming.
"He completely refutes the allegations against him. Nothing changes as far as he's concerned. We're looking forward to Llanelli."
Market trader Barrie Lewis, who has seen him live twice, added: "The decision on whether to appear or not should be left with Mr Davidson and his agent. Innocent until proven guilty."