Bobby Pattinson: The Godfather of North East Comedy and a Philanthropic Icon
credit: Gateshead Council

Bobby, hailed as the Godfather of North East comedy was born and has resided in Gateshead his entire life.

His comedic talents have taken him across the globe, where he has shared stages with renowned figures in the entertainment industry. In addition to his success in showbiz, Bobby has demonstrated a profound commitment to philanthropy and altruism.

He has tirelessly devoted his time to raising funds for Variety, a charitable organization dedicated to assisting disabled and underprivileged children and youth

In 2014, Bobby’s exceptional efforts were acknowledged with the prestigious ‘Silver Heart’ award, bestowed upon him in recognition of personally generating over £100,000 in donations. The funds contributed by Bobby enabled the purchase of four buses, specifically designed to cater to the needs of disabled children in the Tyneside area.

This remarkable achievement solidified Bobby’s status as an esteemed recipient of the highest honour bestowed by the Gateshead Council.

“Gateshead is me and I am Gateshead and it feels an honour to have this recognition. I’m very, very happy about it. Not bad for a funny faced comic from Gateshead!”

Bobby Pattinson

“To become a Freeman of the Borough is the highest honour that we can bestow, and we’re very proud to be able to recognise Bobby in this way. Each of our Freemen have made a significant contribution to Gateshead – leaving a legacy that will be remembered for generations to come and Bobby is no different.

“Gateshead has an international reputation for creativity, for art and for achieving things beyond what others believe to be possible. We know how powerful culture can be as it has been at the heart of our borough’s regeneration for the last 30 years. Today gives us the opportunity to celebrate someone who has not only achieved so much in his field but has also done everything he can to promote culture, heritage and the arts whilst going above and beyond to help others.”

Councillor Catherine Donovan, Deputy Leader of Gateshead Council

Other Freemen of Gateshead include Sir John Hall, Sir Brendan Foster, Rt Hon Baroness Quin, David Clelland, Jill Halfpenny, Stephen Miller MBE and Bob Moncur.

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