Entertainer and fund-raiser Tassie dies aged 103

Tassie Hamilton pictured during her performing days in Bridlington.
Tassie Hamilton pictured during her performing days in Bridlington.

A CLUB and pub entertainer and fund-raiser, well known to many during her years living in Bridlington, has died.

Tassie Hamilton passed away at the Sycamore nursing home, in Ripon, on July 16, thought to be aged 103.

She had moved to the home in 2005 after leaving Bridlington.

Tassie, who was originally from Tasmania in Australia, was a familiar face around Bridlington and on the pages of the Free Press during her 28 years in the town.

Over her time in Bridlington she is said to have raised thousands of pounds for good causes including the Children’s Heart Unit at Killingbeck Hospital in Leeds after taking part in a host of fund-raising activities, including charity walks to the hospital, a toy appeal and other events held from her market stall at the indoor market on Prince Street.

In 1993 she was named as the Calendar TV ‘top fund-raiser’.

Tassie will have been known to many as a pub and club entertainer, especially at the Cock and Lion pub on Prince Street, and carried on well into her retirement - even appearing on the Michael Barrymore show in 1993 when she was 80 years old.

In her younger days, Tassie sang with the Alpha Omega’s in Vietnam, and also for the Ghurkas.

During the Second World War, Tassie went overseas with Australian servicemen and entertained troops in Tobruk and New Guinea.

She has a daughter, Lee Spratt, who still lives in Australia.

Long time companion Adrian Hall, 64, who is known as ‘H’, said he would like to thank all those in Bridlington who have helped Tassie fundraise over the years.

Tassie’s funeral was held last Friday in Harrogate, but friends are planning to organise a memorial service in the next six months so that any of Tassie’s friends from Bridlington can go along and celebrate her life. Donations to the Leeds Children’s Heart Unit in lieu of flowers.