'Rock-and-Roll' star Tommy Steele, his sister Sandra and comedian Benny Hill were busy at London's Cad by Hall, Nov 26, helping to prepare a giant Christmas pudding for the Lord Mayor.
GV. Benny Hill, Tommy Steele and Tommy's sister Sandra at table, working on 'Christmas Pudding' - Tommy tips flour (gag)
GV. Girl workers laugh
CU. Tommy's hand mixing currants with flour
GV. Benny and Tommy working - Hill flicks flour at Tommy - Tommy retaliates
GV. Tommy 'kneads' flour and cloth, knocks Hill out of picture with it
CU. Tommy tips flour over Hill
GV. Girls laugh
GV Hill drinks from bottle-Tommy throws flour at him
MV. Tommy, Sandra and Benny work on real pudding, with stirrers
CU Benny tastes pudding
MV. Benny moves off with stirrer laden with pudding
MV. Pudding offered to laughing onlookers to taste
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Background: 'Rock-and-Roll' star Tommy Steele, his sister Sandra and comedian Benny Hill were busy at London's Cad by Hall, Nov 26, helping to prepare a giant Christmas pudding for the Lord Mayor.
Made from 120,000 currants, 25,000 sultanas and 7,000 raisins, all fresh from Australia, the massive 160-pounder will be presented to Lord Mayor Sir Edmund Stockdale by the Australian High Commissioner sir Eric Harrison at Australia House, Dec. 10.
Tommy Steele - who leaves London in February for a three-month tour of Australia - and benny Hill also stirred the mixture for 100 smaller puddings, to be sent on behalf on Australia's dried fruit growers to cities throughout the United Kingdom. Mayors will pass on the puddings to local charities, old people's clubs and hospitals.
Altogether, Australia's dried fruit growers will give a helping of Christmas pudding to some 10,000 people in Britain this year.