From the online Folkestone Herald, 12 September, 2013.
By Dean Kilpatrick
Billy Nutt once on bill with Shirley Bassey
A SINGER who once supported legendary diva Shirley Bassey on tour has
taken over The "Providence Inne" in Sandgate from a licensee who spent 60
years at the pub.
Billy Nutt, who includes comedians Joe Pasquale and Bradley Walsh as
showbiz friends, says he hopes to make the venue a hub of local music,
after former owner John Latchford announced his retirement.
And the 45-year-old wants to keep the traditional aspects of the pub and
has promised to tell his punters a story or two about his celebrity
The 45-year-old said: “I have had 30 years in the music industry and I
got to an age where I had supported Shirley Bassey and had released five
albums. I also had my music played on all the local BBC radio stations.
“I did all the cruises and have spent a lot of time abroad and I have
always wanted a pub and I
wanted to do it when I was young enough to retire.”
Mr Nutt took over the boozer last week after John Latchford announced he
was to leave The Providence Inne because he could no longer to afford to
keep the pub open.
And now the father of one is hoping to make use of his contacts to bring
entertainment evenings to the area, and already plans to bring actor
Derek Martin, who plays Charlie Slater in East-enders, to Shepway.
He added: “There are people out there of a certain age who grew up with
music from the 40s, 50s and 60s, who like this stuff and it is hard to
find anywhere who does good entertainment.
"I have got a few stories to tell. I
worked with Tommy Cooper when he was alive and he was a lovely man.
These are the people I have known and worked with all my life.”
The grandfather of one, who previously ran a pub in Canterbury, says he
knows the area well from his childhood and was “stunned” by the Sandgate
He said: “I used to go to Folkestone quite a lot with my mum and dad but
I never really came to Sandgate but when I came to view the pub, I
thought what a beautiful place.
“I am looking forward to the cabaret nights and continuing to build on
the repertoire that John and his wife Claire have built.”
Local trader Jonathan Greenwall said: "It’s vital for Sandgate to have
its own local.
“I have been going in there since I was a youngster and Billy has got a
big act to fill. There are a lot of people in Sandgate who want him to