Grand-daughters surprise actor grandad by landing roles in the same panto as him at Northampton’s Deco

Clive with two of his grand-daughters Ruby Spedding and Tamsin Locke
Clive with two of his grand-daughters Ruby Spedding and Tamsin Locke

Panto is a family affair for a local actor and his grand-daughters.

Northampton actor Clive Fletcher is one of the stars of The Deco Theatre’s Beauty and The Beast this Christmas.

And he will be joined on stage in Northampton by his grand-daughters Maddie Spedding, 15, her sister Ruby, 10, and their cousin Tamsin Locke, six, who all successfully auditioned for roles in the chorus of the show without their grandad knowing.

He was delighted when they called him to tell them they had all been chosen.

Clive is well known in Northampton for his regular appearances in Deco pantos, and also as half of the popular 1990s local double act Dave n Clive. And he is delighted that his enthusiasm for performing on stage is

now being shared so enthusiastically by the younger members of the family.

He said: "I was absolutely thrilled when I got the call, and it will be really special to be performing in panto with three of my grand-daughters. I'm so proud of them

"It's Maddie and Tamsin's first Panto, but Ruby has been with me for the last two years. They're all enthusiastic members of the stage school, Unit 17, and I'm so pleased they get as much pleasure from appearing on stage as

I do."

Not only is Clive able to give Maddie and Ruby advice about performing in public, but their own dad will be able to give them some tips too, though his experience was in sport, rather than showbiz. They are the daughters of former footballer Duncan Spedding, who played over a hundred games for the Cobblers during five years at Sixfields between 1998 and 2003.

And Maddie, Ruby and Tamsin are not the only grand-daughters of Clive appearing in panto this Christmas, two more - Isobele Lines,13, and her 10-year-old sister Amelie, are appearing in Jack And The Beanstalk in


Clive said: "It must be in the genes! And because our Panto finishes on December 29, I'll be able to see Isobele and Amelie because their show goes on for five more days, which is great."