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Wirral's Tiddly-Winky girl Mavis Whyte dies age 92
WIRRAL’S very own Tiddly Winky girl has died at the age of 92.
Mavis Whyte’s show business career began the day war broke out in September 1939 and she became something of a legend in many parts of the world.
During the war, she joined the Entertainments National Service Association and entertained troops in North Africa, Sicily and Italy with a mix of song, dance and comedy.
Her act won her a legion of admirers both in England and America.
Mavis, who raised thousands of pounds for research into blindness, died on June 23.
She gained her memorable nickname after her rendition of the wartime classic “Tiddly-Winky Woo”.
For many years she starred in Jackson Earle’s famous Melody Inn Review – a variety show staged in New Brighton from the late 1940s until 1972.
She appeared in pantomime in Liverpool in the 1930s where she worked alongside veteran funny man Ken Dodd, a stagehand at the time who she inspired to go into show business. The two went on to become great friends.
The partially sighted Gayton-based entertainer came out of retirement in 2004 to raise money for research into blindness and in particular, St Paul’s Eye Hospital in Liverpool.
In celebration of her 90th birthday, Mavis took part in a BBC documentary about her life.
“As I looked back over the years, I feel very privileged to have been able to live within the last 100 years and appreciate the changes as they happened,” wrote Mavis in the DVD’s prologue.
“I think our bodies are the most amazing computers and our memories are incredible.”
Mavis is survived by her brothers Alan and Donald.
Her funeral will be held at Frankby Cemetery on Thursday, July 3.
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