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Brothers Lee reunited for Wymondham fan

PUBLISHED: 14:17 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:51 12 July 2010

Betty Ward from Wymondham and her husband celebrating her 60th birthday at the Constantia Restaurant in East Runton, where Barry Lee and the Brother Lees put on special performances for her.

Betty Ward from Wymondham and her husband celebrating her 60th birthday at the Constantia Restaurant in East Runton, where Barry Lee and the Brother Lees put on special performances for her.

THEY used to play to packed dance halls around their native Norfolk, and then to millions of prime-time weekend TV viewers when they switched from music to comedy.

THEY used to play to packed dance halls around their native Norfolk, and then to millions of prime-time weekend TV viewers when they switched from music to comedy.

But the Brother Lees and their other brother Barry put on a more intimate show for 50 guests to mark a big birthday for one of their biggest fans.

And it was the first time the "boys" had sung together as a group for more than 30 years.

Betty Ward from Wymondham and husband Derek used to dance to the music of band's original line-up, Barry Lee and the Planets, as they rose to fame in the 1960s.

And they watched them do their multi-handed impersonations of stars such as Tommy Cooper, Norman Wisdom and Michael Crawford's Frank Spencer, on the Generation Game in the 1970s and 80s.

Mrs Ward, who has just retired after 24 years of care work at the Robert Kett Court in Wymondham, said they booked Barry, who still gigs around pubs and clubs, to sing at her birthday meal at the Constantia Cottage restaurant in East Runton near Cromer.

"I said it would be nice if all the brothers turned up - and they did. They even did a little turn for us."

Barry, Roger and Tony joined forces to sing two Beatles songs at the venue, where the resident family group the Constantia Brothers are long-standing friends of the Brothers. And Michael and Angus joined in for a photo call memento too.

Roger, who runs a snooker club at Hellesdon, said: "Barry was doing his songs, and Tony and I thought we'd go up and mess him up. It was unrehearsed - and not the start of a comeback tour."

The Planets were formed at an Aylsham pub in 1963, and went professional in 1965, upgrading from village halls to ballrooms, before eventually splitting in two directions. Barry Lee carried on with his music, while the others - Tony and Michael Dyball and Roger Reynolds - turned to cabaret comedy and impressions, with Angus Jarvis as musical director. After several changes of personnel, the final founder, Tony, pulled out in

2000 and the "Brothers" folded in

2006.

Betty Ward said having all the Planet band members at her birthday was a real treat.

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