Welsh actress Nerys Hughes was reported to be holed up in a Rhyl safehouse last night after the notorious ‘Half Man Half Biscuit curse’ struck yet again with the untimely death of snooker referee Lan Ganley.
Merseyside band Half Man Half Biscuit released their successful ‘Back In The DHSS’ album in 1985 to popular acclaim, many of the songs being light-hearted mockery of minor British celebrities, Hughes included. Within a few years, however, many of these people were dead in mysterious circumstances – Fred Titmus eaten by lions, Bob Todd drowned in a font and Jim Reeves choking on his own feet. The clear connection between these bizarre events being the doomed LP, which was soon withdrawn from sale.
For several years, the curse seemed to have died down, until Ganley’s recent terrible end, impaled on his own triangle. Hughes now believes she is fated to be next, and is reported to be so terrified she is even refusing voice-over work.
One expert in the paranormal, the Church of England’s chief exorcist the Reverend Arthur Renfield, believes Hughes’ life may not actually be in danger. ‘Yes, there’s a curse,’ he explained today. ‘But I’ve seen the 1996 Liver Birds revival – believe me, she’s suffered enough.’