Have you heard the one about the comedian and his one inch instrument?
Ted Robbins, radio presenter, Lancashire Evening Post columnist and writer and director of Preston’s pantomime Cinderella, has revealed that one of his favourite items is a one inch harmonica bought for him as a birthday present.
Ted, 58, loves playing the harmonica and was taught to play by a great friend of his called Norman Yardley who is a Merseyside based blues man.
Ted said: “I have always loved the blues and Norman taught me to play the harmonica years ago and gave me one of his old harmonicas.
“But this one inch harmonica is a new addition as it was given to me by my very good friends Ken and Anita Freeman for my last birthday.
“I love it for it’s pure novelty value, but it is actually a properly crafted harmonica made by Hohner, who are world famous for making mouth organs.
“It only has four notes, but I an still play top tunes on it like Oh Suzanna, Danny Boy and Home Sweet Home.
“I do play the regular harmonica whenever I get the chance and I recently played at the Colne Jazz and Blues Festival where I got up and performed with a band called The Full Fat Blues Band.
“However, my one inch harmonica is great for carrying around in my pocket and playing it is my party trick and children absolutely love it.”
Ted says that with his bulky frame, the tiny harmonica looks even smaller.
He jokes: “It is like an elephant swallowing a polo!
“I think I should go for the Guinness World Record for the biggest ratio between performer and instrument.
“Unless Ronnie Corbett has taken up the tuba, I think I might be in with a chance.”