Ken hyptnotised by annual Borders gig

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DRESSED as a highland dancer on his website, comedian/hypnotist Ken Webster admits he says he can’t wait to make his only Scottish appearances at Galashiels’ Volunteer Hall on February 11 and 12.

“I am looking forward to coming back and rocking Gala,” said Ken, who has sold out the Volunteer Hall on his previous visits.

Last year’s audience included people from Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, as Ken continues to make the Volunteer Hall his only show north of the Border, despite being on an extensive tour of England and Wales.

Ken is in his 26th year as a hypnotist, and 2011 will be the 23rd year in a row in which he has appeared at Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s late Saturday night show.

He became a regular on the Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway show, as well as performing twice for Robbie Williams at the MEN Arena, where the Take That member reportedly told him “You are the funniest hypnotist – period”.

His stock continues to be high, with an appearance in the new series of Channel 4’s Shameless to be screened in the coming weeks.

Organisers have quelled fears among some that they will be picked out of the audience to take part in the show by Ken, who is chairman of the Federation of Ethical Stage Hypnotists.

“This is far from the truth,” said a spokesman. “When you go to these shows, people must volunteer to go up on the stage, the hypnotist does not come off the stage and force anyone to be hypnotised. It’s all voluntary.”

The spokesman added: “Galashiels is the home of his Scottish show and has been since 2005, with sell-out audiences since the very first night.

“Ken has a huge fan base of Scottish followers and every year he receives copious amounts of emails asking when he is returning to Galashiels once again.

“His travels have taken him from the Middle East to the Far East, Africa to America.”

Large screens used last year will be provided again for an interactive experience and the show will include half an hour of mindreading.

Ken names impressionist Jon Culshaw, Cannon and Ball and Roy “Chubby” Brown amongst his celebrity mates.

The show is suitable for over-18s only. Tickets are priced at £12 and £14 in advance or £15 and £17 on the door, but those wishing to attend are advised to buy in advance due to demand.

Tickets can be bought from Niki’s Bar (tel 01896 753929) or Guess What (01896 759655), both in Galashiels. Both shows on Friday and Saturday start at 8pm.

TheSouthern has three pairs of tickets to give away – two pairs for Friday and one for Saturday.

To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question:

What TV programme is Ken to appear in?

Send your answer, along with your name, age, address and telephone number to kenny.paterson@tweeddalepress.co.uk or by post to Ken Webster Competition, The Southern Reporter, The Hermitage, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4DA, by Thursday, January 27. Only over-18s can enter – usual Southern rules apply.