Savile impersonator punched in face

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A PUNCH and Judy performer has been punched in the face for impersonating Jimmy Savile.

Gareth Ellis, who is performing at the Festival, was attacked in the early hours of Wednesday as he walked down the street.

Mr Ellis, who was with his fellow performer, Rich Rose, were stopped by a drunken reveller asking if they were the controversial ‘Jimmy Savile: Punch and Judy’ stars.

The 23-year-old said: “We were walking down South College Street when we were approached by a drunk-looking man.

“He asked if we were the Savile comedians and when we confirmed that we are he started calling us both sick and saying we must be ‘f***** up in the head’.

“I asked him if he had seen the show, which he replied ‘of course I haven’t’ and then he punched me in the face. It was all a bit strange really.”

The duo had wanted to keep their identities secret as they knew the show would cause some controversy but Mr Ellis said he never expected to be attacked.

Mr Ellis, from London, said: “We wanted our identities to be kept secret because although the show is about the people and institutions who were complicit in the Savile scandal, people who don’t see the show will jump to their own conclusions about what the show is.

“This is exactly what has happened and it has compromised our safety as a result.”