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Ray Alan (1930–2010) by Monty Fresco, 1979 [with puppet Lord Charles] © Monty Fresco / Rex Features

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Alan, Ray [name in religion Raymond Alan Whyberd] (1930–2010), ventriloquist, writer, and television presenter, was born on 18 September 1930 at 83 Dutton Street, Greenwich, London, the fourth son of Albert William Whyberd (1895–1984), shipping clerk, later a local government officer, and his wife, ...

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Brough, Peter Royce (1916–1999), ventriloquist, was born Royce Brough on 26 February 1916 at Myrtle Villa, Sterne Street, Hammersmith, London, the son of Arthur Brough, ventriloquist and woollen merchant's buyer, and his wife, Louie Jarram. He came from a family long attached to ventriloquism. It was a hobby for his grandfather, and for his father a part-time business, as ...

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Hall, Terence [Terry] (1926–2007), ventriloquist and children's author, was born on 20 November 1926 at 635 Middleton Road, Chadderton, Oldham, Lancashire, the son of James Emanuel Hall, a dyer's labourer, and later publican, and his wife, Catherine, née Ward. He was educated at ...

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Terence Hall (1926–2007) by unknown photographer, 1960s © reserved; private collection

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Worsley, Arthur Wilkinson (1920–2001), ventriloquist, was born on 16 October 1920 at Lodge Farm, Failsworth, Manchester, the only child of Joseph Worsley (1894–1941), car dealer, and his wife, Annie, formerly Smith, née Thorpe (1892–1964). He was educated at Staining church school, Blackpool, and ...

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Arthur Wilkinson Worsley (1920–2001) by Maurice Seymour [with Charlie] © Michael Worsley