Sir Billy Connolly reveals life-changing advice from Glasgow shipyards

Billy Connelly arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. See P
Billy Connelly arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. See PA story NTAs. Picture date: Wednesday January 20, 2016. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Sir Billy Connolly has said one conversation in the Clydeside docks changed his life and set him on the path to stardom.

The influential Glasgow comedian revealed that a prompt from a fellow dock-worker launched his career, which would see him achieve enormous fame and a knighthood.

Sir Billy spoke on a BBC programme, Billy Connolly Made In Scotland, which focused on his formative years.

The comedian said: “Someone in the yards changed my life forever. He said, ‘what are you doing?’
“I said ‘I’m going to be a folk singer. I’m going to quit at the holidays’. He said, ‘if you were really keen you would do it now’.

“The most important thing he said to me is ‘you don’t want to be sitting here as an old man knowing you could have gotten out. I’ve known guys like that and it destroys their whole life. You’ve got a chance, go and do it’. So I did it.”

Sir Billy’s talent on the banjo led him ultimately to form The Humblebums with Gerry Rafferty, a project which propelled the future comedian into a life and stage that would serve as the platform for his comedy.

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