Paul Chuckle has revealed the worst thing about beloved brother Barry Chuckle’s shock death earlier this summer, in his first interview about dealing with his grief.
The children’s TV entertainer was left bereft when Barry died in August 2018 after a secret year-long battle with bone cancer , which spread to his lungs.
And devastated Paul had to leave the country to cope with his grief, as he couldn’t handle so many people being nice to him.
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Paul says the worst thing about Barry’s death is people being nice to him
"I went away with the wife to China of all places the day after his funeral because you know you find until people pat you on the back and say ‘how’re you feeling, sorry for your loss’… it’s like being a kid and you fall over and hurt your knee," he told GetSurrey .
"You’re fine until your mum goes ‘ah love come here give me a cuddle’ and it sets you off, doesn’t it?
"And it was like that with Barry dying. But going to China I didn’t meet one person from the UK the whole time we were there for two weeks."
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Paul was devastated by his older brother’s death
Barry, 73, had been working with Paul for decades as half of The Chuckle Brothers, who had a long-running children’s TV programme with the BBC.
He had always said he’d go on working for as long as he could – and now Paul is taking up his mantle and appearing in his first pantomime this year as a solo performer.
"I’ve just got to carry on," Paul went on.
"I mean, he did say to me towards the end that I should carry on as it were."
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The last known picture of Barry taken shortly before he died
Paul took some time off work in the wake of Barry’s death, but ploughed straight back into his busy schedule ahead of Christmas.
"I’m looking forward to another step. It’s something different, but no I’ll still be doing some of the routines that me and Barry did together – they’re too funny to lose," he added.
"There’s still going to be lots of milestones to go past. Barry’s birthday is Christmas Eve and every pantomime Christmas Eve I get the audience singing happy birthday to Barry, so that’s going to be one."
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The brothers had worked together for decades
He will play Baron Hardup to Craig Revel Horwood’s Cinderella at next month’s panto in the New Victoria Theatre, Woking.
Earlier this month he paid tribute to Barry in a sweet statement.
"Panto was a huge part of our lives for over 50 years and I know Barry would want and expect the show to go on. Craig and I are looking forward to going out there… and doing this year’s panto in loving memory of Barry."
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