Mandurah’s Eddie Storm awarded Order of Australia

Bellamy, better known as local entertainer Eddie Storm, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.

Storm, who turns 84 in June, has been performing in Australia since 1967.

He began his career in England in 1952 as a young band member with the Ted Coleman Orchestra, which he stayed with for eight years.

He later established himself in WA and quickly became the Tom Jones of Perth.

He was selected for two tours of Vietnam in 1969 and 1970 to entertain the troops.

After his appearances in Perth he was invited to work as a solo performer in Melbourne, where he became one of Melbourne’s top names, winning Australia’s New Faces in 1971 by singing The Impossible Dream.

Storm worked major venues and restaurants and for 26 years his venues included the Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne Concert Hall and In Melbourne Tonight.

These days he performs locally and at major events across WA, where he is renowned for his masked performance as the Phantom of the Opera.

Mandurah MLA David Templeman said Storm had a long history in the entertainment area and was quite remarkable, having worked with many Australian and international entertainers.

“He connects with his audience and always endears himself,’’ he said.

Storm is expected to retire later this year.

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