Hinge and Bracket star George Logan dies aged 78

Hinge and Bracket star George Logan has passed away aged 78 (PA)
Hinge and Bracket star George Logan has passed away aged 78 (PA)

Tributes have been paid to George Logan, half of the long-running musical duo Hinge and Bracket, following his reported death at the age of 78.

The death of the comedy star, who played Dr Evadne Hinge, was confirmed by his family on Sunday. A cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

Stage and TV star Patrick Fyffe, who played Dame Hilda Bracket in the cultured, opera-loving double act, died at the age of 60 in 2002.

The duo hosted their own BBC2 series, Dear Ladies, for many years and were theatre regulars since launching the drag act in 1974 at the Edinburgh Festival.

The South Lanarkshire-born comedian appeared for royalty as part of the double act, performing during two Royal Variety shows and on The Ronnie Corbett Show and The Good Old Days.

In 2015, he documented his experiences growing up as an openly gay man in Glasgow in his book titled A Boy Called Audrey.

The comedy duo starring in  Dear Ladies (Associated Newspapers)
The comedy duo starring in Dear Ladies (Associated Newspapers)

The musical pairing were seen as trailblazers in bringing drag into the mainstream. Despite the duo being a pioneering act at the time, Logan insisted that he didn’t “think” they were.

He told Bent magazine in 2008: “We thought we’d come up with a fairly original idea at the time… and were just out to have a bit of fun.

“I think we were sort of basing our characters on the likes of Joyce Grenfell, Margaret Rutherford… a sort of typical, if strange, rural, old English village life.”

In light of his passing, broadcaster and author Gyles Brandreth said it was “one of the great joys of my life” to script the TV series and specials of Dear Ladies with Hinge and Bracket.

He tweeted: “George Logan was a very funny, very brilliant man – a wonderful musician and a great entertainer.

“His creation, Dr Evadne Hinge, was beautifully observed and gloriously brought to life with his stage partner Patrick Fyffe as the irrepressible Dame Hilda Bracket. They were such fun!”.

Meanwhile, Benidorm actor Bobby Crush posted a tribute to the late star and shared online: “RIP George Logan, also known as ‘Dr Evadne Hinge’ of ‘Hinge and Bracket’.

“We appeared in panto together in this glorious production of at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in 1989… I’m saddened by news of his passing today.”