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Last of the Summer wine actor Jonathan Linsley set for nostalgic return to Holmfirth in 'Crusher in the Cafe'

TV and film star returns to Last of Summer Wine land

Crusher's coming home!

Crusher is coming home!

Actor Jonathan Linsley, who in the 1980s appeared as the terrifying but loveable Crusher in Last of the Summer Wine, is coming back to Sid’s Café in Holmfirth for the first time in almost 30 years.

He will be there to meet fans of the show and chat about his life and work.

The ‘Crusher in the Café’ event on October 24 will see Jonathan return to one of the long-running sitcom’s most famous locations. He’ll be discussing an acting career that has also seen him appear in some of British television’s biggest hits - including The Bill, Casualty, EastEnders and Dalziel & Pascoe; as well as jetting to Hollywood to appear alongside Johnny Depp in two blockbusting Pirates of the Caribbean films.

As Crusher, Jonathan made his first appearance in Last of the Summer Wine in 1985, being trained to run the famous café by his fearsome Auntie Ivy (Jane Freeman). He was a regular in the series for three years, and became a firm favourite amongst the show’s fans.

Jonathan said, ‘It’s true... Crusher will be back in the café for one night only!

“Finally, Ivy has left me in charge and after 29 years of of “learning the business”, I’m delighted to be returning to Holmfirth to entertain everyone again”.

Actor Jonathan Linsley, aka Crusher from Summer Wine

The event has been organised by two lifelong Last of the Summer Wine fans, Andrew T Smith and Bob Fischer, who since 2011 have been running the popular Summer Winos website, watching all 295 episodes of the show in order, and blogging their thoughts as they go. The idea for the event came about after Jonathan agreed to be interviewed for the site.

Andrew said, ‘Within five minutes of talking to Jonathan, it became apparent that he had no shortage of wonderful stories to share with the show’s fans.

Sid's Cafe in Holmfirth

It’s going to be a real pleasure to see him spinning his yarns from behind the café counter’.

Bob added: “Once he mentioned that he’d never returned to Holmfirth since leaving the show, the idea became irresistible. This is a complete one-off event, and the café is very intimate, so it’s going to be a really special evening. I’m just wondering if we can persuade him to slip into Crusher’s white overalls again”.

Tickets priced at £10 (plus booking fee) can be bought from the Summer Winos website.

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