COMEDY veterans the Grumbleweeds will have audiences in stitches when they celebrate 55 years in showbiz this weekend.

The lads from Leeds kicked off their comedy career in 1962 and went on to dominate the live comedy circuit, ending up with countless TV and radio series.

Founder member Robin Colvill said: "The popularity of the act has never really gone away.

“When we weren't on TV or on the radio, we were busy in the theatres, cabaret clubs or on cruise ships.

“It's just never really slowed down. It works equally well with family audiences, summer shows or theatres, both at home and abroad.”

The show is a timeless mix of comedy, impressions and visual gags.

Fellow Grumbleweed James Brandon said: "The response to the act is as good as it every was.

“We've kept on adding to and updating the show over the years, keeping all the classic routines, and adding new ones, making sure it's all current, up to date and above all else funny.

"I guess that's why it continues to play to huge laughs wherever we go. If there's a secret to its longevity then that has to be it.”

The Grumbleweeds are at Clacton's West Cliff Theatre this Sunday at 2.30pm.

Tickets are £16 from the box office on 01255 433344.