I had Neil Innes email for a while, but had never got around to dropping him a line –then I saw a YouTube clip of Monty Python’s Holy Grail and the “Singing Minstrel” and it reminded me I should contact him – I am very pleased I did.

He was playing a rare show in a small theatre called the Ropetackle in Shoreham, West Sussex. I had arranged to meet him after his sound check for a half an hour interview.

We chatted about his days working with the Monty Python team, the Bonzo Dog-Doo Band and the Rutles (which I loved as a kid.) He then started to tell me a few anecdotes about some meetings he had with John Lennon.

As it was coming up to the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, I asked him where he was when he heard the news. Looking back at the interview now still brings a little lump to my throat. He was an absolute pleasure to interview and his show wasn’t half bad either.

Still not too sure about the headwear!