Syd Little reveals talking to late comedy partner Eddie Large’s ghost is helping him grieve


COMEDY legend Syd Little has revealed speaking to his late pal Eddie Large’s ghost is helping him grieve.

The 77-year-old told the Daily Star that barely a days goes by that he doesn’t have a chat to his friend of 60 years following his death from coronavirus earlier this year.

He said: “I can’t get him out of my head and I’ve told him I know he’s looking down on me to make sure I’m still OK.

“I’ll talk to him about showbiz and the great old times we had, as well as Manchester City and how well they’re doing.

“He’s definitely up there listening, and I can hear his questions and his answers back to me as plain as ever.”

Large, famous for his double act with Little, had been suffering with heart failure.

He died alone in hospital as his wife Patsy and his children were not allowed to visit due to Covid-19.

After forming double act Little and Large in 1963, Syd and Eddie went on to win Opportunity Knocks and had a long-running comedy sketch show on BBC One in the 1970s and 80s that attracted audiences of millions.

Announcing his dad’s death, son Ryan wrote: “It is with great sadness that Mum and I need to announce that my Dad, Edward McGinnis, passed away in the early hours of this morning.

“He had been suffering with heart failure and, unfortunately while in hospital, contracted the coronavirus which his heart was sadly not strong enough to fight.

“Dad had fought bravely for so long. Due to this horrible disease we had been unable to visit him at the hospital but all of the family and close friends spoke to him every day.

“We will miss him terribly and we are so proud of everything he achieved in his career with Syd and know that he was much loved by the millions that watched them each week.”

In a statement, Little said: “I am devastated to have lost not just my comedy partner of 60 years, but my friend of 60 years.”

Large, who lived near Bristol, left behind wife Patsy and his 26-year-old son. He also had two daughters and three grandchildren.


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