Torbay entertainer Steve Laister’s life was turned upside down by Lockdown but he’s raring to get back on stage

Well-known entertainer and personality Steve Laister has told how lockdown ‘turned his world upside down.’

But Steve is raring to go and get back on stage.

He says: “I think it was March 15, my last professional live performance. That was when everyone’s world turned upside down. Looking back on the last six months I know I’ve had it luckier than most.”

He says music has always been a great source of hope during times of need.

“The soldiers from both sides of the Great War singing Silent Night together, Vera Lynn keeping the troops uplifted during the Second World War and then me, singing to my street and having it streamed live to at least another 60 people watching on social media!” he says.

The 10 weeks of Thursday nights respecting the hard work of the NHS ended with the song he and Will Penney had written for the Children’s Hospice South West, ‘Playground In The Sky’

Steve says: “It was a song I wrote for anyone who has lost someone important so it seemed the perfect way to close a nearly three-month run of these evening performances.”

The Templestowe Hotel and Babbacombe Theatre will be opening their doors soon. Steve can’t wait.

He says: “The Templestowe has been my home of entertainment for nearly 30 years. My very first gig there resulted in the owner Jim Wright paying me off and telling me to go home early, but he didn’t use those words! Two years later I was given another opportunity to perform there and I have been part of their family run business ever since.

“I am also lucky to be part of yet another family owned entertainment venue, The Babbacombe Theatre. For the last five years Colin Mathews has given me the opportunity to headline in his shows and on November 4 we return with what should have been this year’s offering, ‘Starburst’.”

Steve says: “I am so lucky even though I’m a little strapped for cash. I can go to any of my neighbours for supper, as long as I sing. I have amazing friends, Lee Redstone has written most of my act since I started entertaining and he’s not even in the business and my double act sidekick of the 16 years, Lindsey Collard, keeps me grounded and prevents me trying to sing harmonies!.”