Celebrities' favourite returns to potato event


20 September 2023
Welsh comedian who impressed TV and sporting personalities also finds favour with British potato industry members.

ROD Woodward, the Welsh comedian whom Peter Kay describes as “a young Dave Allen" will be back to host the 2023 National Potato Industry Awards in November.

Rod is the son of Welsh sports writer Karl Woodward, the longest-serving journalist for the national newspaper of Wales, The Western Mail and his wit has found favour with many TV and sporting personalities. Bob Monkhouse described him as “the best of the new bunch”, while Barry Cryer said he is “a brilliant young comic with great style and repose”. Former English footballer and manager, Jack Charlton, said he was “the best in the business” while author and former MP Jeffrey Archer said he is “a super comedian”.

One of the few performers ever to be invited back to the Royal Variety Performance, Rod has written for and presented on BBC 2W and fronted his own radio show.

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After he hosted the National Potato Industry's last instalment in 2021, he brought the house down and organisers were asked by many of those attending if he could return for the next event. His popularity was even greater than that of football legend Kevin Keegan who hosted the awards' launch event in 2019.

Juliet Loiselle, Publisher of Warners Group who organises the awards, said: "Rod really found favour with everyone who attended and we were asked by so many people, particularly those who conversed with him after his stand-up routine, if he could be invited back. He had us all in stitches and we're looking forward to seeing him again - and seeing what this year's routine has in store for us!"

As well as hosting and entertaining at the event on November 22nd, the first night of the British Potato expo which will also take place in Harrogate during the day, Rod will announce the finalists and present the winners with their awards.

Anyone still wishing to attend the event can book tables or individual tickets by contacting awards Co-ordinator Hayley Comey here  or filling in an online booking form here.

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