Billy Connolly reveals he wants to die in Scotland five years after Parkinson’s diagnosis | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Billy Connolly reveals he wants to die in Scotland five years after Parkinson’s diagnosis | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV 1052635 1

Sir Billy Connolly opened up about wanting to return to the shores of Loch Lomond, after moving from New York to Florida two years ago.

The comedian – also known as The Big Yin – said how he wanted to relive his childhood, in footage from his new programme Billy Connolly’s Ultimate World Tour.

The 76-year-old remembers playing at the spot, which is part of The Trossachs National Park in southern Scotland, as a Cub Scout.

Speaking from his home in the US, he remembered the area and said he wanted to see out his days there.

Sir Billy commented: “I remember standing by the shores of Loch Lomond, Inversnaid, and the sky was beautiful.

“I remember that line, I forget whose line it is: ‘Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, who never to himself hath said, this is my own, my native land.’”

He continued: ”I don’t like to look like a bagpiper with heather in my ears but sometimes your love for the place just has to find a stage. I’d like to die there.

“It’s a weird subject to bring up, but I’m 75. I wouldn’t like to stay away forever. I’d like to be planted there eventually, in Loch Lomond.”

Sir Billy was told he had Parkinson’s and prostate cancer on the same day five years ago.

He has since since been given the all clear for cancer and moved to warmer climes to fight the degenerative disorder.

Meanwhile, ITV’s Ultimate World Tour will see Sir Billy Travel his newly-adopted home state, while looking back at his travels from the last quarter of a decade.

Discussing the programme, he said: “It was exactly 25 years ago that I found myself taking the cameras out of the theatres and into the world.

“It’s a journey that’s taken me to far flung places and offered up once-in-a-lifetime experiences and I’m still discovering thrilling new stuff around every corner now I’ve pitched up in Florida.”

His comments come just hours after he addressed pal Sir Michael Parkinson’s comments about him on Saturday Kitchen earlier this year.

Speaking to celebrity chef James Martin, the former chat show host, 83, said: “The sadness of Billy now is that wonderful brain is dulled.

“I saw him recently… We had an awkward dinner together, because I wasn’t quite sure if he knew who I was or not.”

Sir Billy has since told The Times: “So what was Parkinson on about? I don’t know. You’d better ask him.

“It was a bizarre thing to say. It was two years since I’d seen him and that occasion was the GQ dinner and I did really well, so what he was talking about I’ll never know.”

He also said: “He’s been selling funerals too long. It’s obviously not true but the thing that got me about it was what if it was true?

“It’s still a s***** thing to do. ‘What do you think of Billy Connolly?’ ‘Oh, he’s f*****.’”

Source : EXPRESS

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