Norman Wisdom lookalike from Gosport to walk around Isle of Man

Glenn Ford, a Norman Wisdom lookalike, gets ready for his sponsored walk around the Isle of Man 'Picture Ian Hargreaves  (151639-4)
Glenn Ford, a Norman Wisdom lookalike, gets ready for his sponsored walk around the Isle of Man 'Picture Ian Hargreaves (151639-4)
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  • Glenn Ford, from Gosport, is known in show business for looking like comedian Norman Wisdom
  • He is walking around the Isle of Man five years after Sir Norman died
  • He said he wants to keep his memory alive
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DRESSED in the kind of suit and flat cap made famous by Norman Wisdom, one fan has dedicated his life to the legendary comedian.

Lookalike Glenn Ford is known in the showbusiness world for his resemblance to Sir Norman.

I wanted to keep his memory alive and the walk seemed like an appropriate thing.

Glenn Ford

Now the 55-year-old, from Gosport, is paying homage to the funnyman with his latest fundraiser.

Glenn is walking around the Isle of Man, where the star lived, on Sunday – five years since Sir Norman’s death.

He said: ‘I wanted to keep his memory alive and the walk seemed like an appropriate thing.

‘We have worked out that the route is about 100 miles and I will be doing 20 miles a day.

‘I haven’t really done much training for it apart from walking around the Gosport area.

‘I am very excited though and the nearer it gets, the more I look forward to it.’

This is the second time Glenn has paid tribute to Sir Norman.

In February he walked from London to Cardiff, a route Sir Norman took many years ago.

The fundraiser, which would have marked Sir Norman’s 100th birthday, raised £8,000 for the Grand Order of Water Rats.

The organisation, which has members ranging from film stars to sporting heroes and pop stars, donates money to charitable causes.

Glenn added: ‘The walk in February was something I’d always wanted to do and that route was about 187 miles.

‘I want to reach £10,000 with the fundraising so hopefully the Isle of Man walk will get the extra £2,000.

‘But I have been told by a few people that the word rat is taboo and they call them longtails, so I will have to be careful when I tell them what I’m raising money for.’

Glenn started his impression of Sir Norman’s comedy character Norman Pitkin when he tried on a flat cap in the early 1980s and noticed the likeness.

He said: ‘I didn’t even know who Norman Wisdom was when someone told me I looked like him.

‘Since then, I’ve done a lot of show business as that character. Norman even visited my home in Gosport.

‘It is important to me to be able to keep his memory alive.’