Richard Ratcliffe is an entertainer, singer and compère who is currently inviting guests to see his one-man cabaret show Pure Gold.

What is your favourite place in Sussex?

Raystede in Ringmer is one of my favourite places to visit and a charity close to my heart. I love the work they do there caring for stray and abandoned animals. It’s wonderful. Also there is an educational value for kids visiting the centre for school workshops or just on a day out with mum and dad.

What do you love most about living in Sussex?

We have the best of both worlds with the countryside and the sea on our doorsteps. Walking is an important part of my life and the views from the South Downs are simply staggering.

What advice do you have for your 12-year-old self?

Grow up. And whatever you do never, never become an actor.

What is your most valued possession?

I’m not materialistic but without a microphone I’ve no act. Having done radio, voiceover and cabaret work for nearly 50 years my mic has been my constant companion. I’d be lost without it.

What is your biggest fear?

Losing my voice and never being able to sing or act again. My art is more than my livelihood, it’s my life.

What is your proudest achievement?

I’ve read over 250 books on to cassettes for Calibre. They are a charity who provide the spoken word for blind and partially sighted. They produce novels, diaries, poetry, biographies and children’s books and all for free.

Which five people (living or dead) would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

1 and 2) The Two Ronnies. One of the happiest times of my life was working with these talented guys at the London Palladium and on tour with their live shows for several years.

3) Harry Hill. This comedian always always makes me laugh. His fresh and innovative style is completely unique.

4) Rosemary Clooney. One of the greatest singers ever.

5) Maya Angelou