Prescot Actor Bill Moores Dies at 80

By on Friday, April 17, 2015

The Prescot actor Bill Moores has passed away at the age of 80.

On TV, he was best-known for a long stint as Cedric – perpetually drunk and always propping up the bar – in the Liverpool-set sitcom Watching (1987-1993).

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A quirky character both in real life and on the screen, he also had a memorable turn as the grumpy bus driver in the BBC play Our Day Out (1978), by Whiston writer Willy Russell.

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But he began his acting career in local am-dram, performing with the Rainhill Garrick Society and the Rainhill Amateur Operatic Society.

bill_moores_prescotAlongside his TV and theatre work, he was head of the Liverpool division of actors’ union Equity for several years. He was also a familiar face behind the counter at HLS Motor Factors on Warrington Road, Prescot, and KLS on Hall Lane.

In his later years he toured retirement homes with an acting company.

“Everybody always thought he’d die on stage, and he did several times,” the family told Prescot Online, “but he was doing what he loves right until the end.”

They added: “He did everything with a smile on his face.”

Billy was born on 16 October 1934 to George and Lillian Moore – but he became Moores after his father accidentally wrote an extra “S” on the birth certificate.

He grew up in Old Swan and Huyton Quarry, and lived in Prescot until his death on Monday 13 April 2015. He is survived by his wife, Charmayne, four children and six grandchildren.

(Bottom photo: Tony Henry)

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