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General Category => Talking about Ashton => Topic started by: Martin on December 31, 2011, 12:05 PM

Title: George Formby Senior
Post by: Martin on December 31, 2011, 12:05 PM
I have been asked to help spread awareness of a campaign to get a blue plaque erected to commemorate George Formby Senior, who was born in Hodgson Street, Ashton under Lyne, and later lived on Crickets Lane, although he moved to Wigan at around the age of 15.

Father of George 'When I'm Cleaning Windows' Formby junior, George senior was a successful music-hall entertainer in his own right.

More about George senior and the blue plaque campaign can be found here:
http://www.angelfire.com/ab7/history_doorstep/plaque.html
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Fudge on December 31, 2011, 01:45 PM
That was a brilliant story They say you learn something new every day will be proud to se a blue plaque for him . Fudge
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Martin on December 31, 2011, 08:29 PM
My friend Trevor is trying to raise funds to pay for the plaque, as the Council isn't interested.
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: lydia on December 31, 2011, 11:08 PM
Didn't know that, brilliant, where is Hodgson street please
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: GayJ on December 31, 2011, 11:21 PM
It's not just the council - two of the members of our history forum are consulted regarding who should receive a blue plaque.  I've tried for two of my ancestors without much luck.  One for our Stalybridge Mayor who converted to Islam in the 1890s and became the leader of the Islamic community in Manchester and was of much help to the Caliph of Turkey.  Also for Blind Jack of Knaresborough (John Metcalfe) road-builder who built two of the turnpike roads in Tameside and who lived at Spout house at Gee Cross for a while with his daughter and son-in-in-law in the 1770s.  He was a most remarkable Yorkshireman.  Totally blinded from the age of six he eloped with his wife on the eve of her marriage to another, fought at Culloden, ran the first stage coach business in Harrogate, was not averse to a little smuggling and was the first industrial road-builder, pre-dating Telford and Macadam.  Most of his descendants ended up living in Hyde.
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Martin on January 01, 2012, 12:11 AM
Hodgson Street is where the previous fire station used to be, off Margaret Street.

I don't know the details, Gay, but it seems the council has declined to support this, apparently, so the campaigners are trying to finance it by public donation. Apparently Ashton Pioneer Homes have agreed to put the plaque on one of their properties close to Hodgson Street. There is a blue plaque at the Diggle entrance to Standedge Tunnel commemorating Thomas Telford that was privately commissioned by the Newcomen Society.
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: lydia on January 03, 2012, 12:34 AM
Thank you, know where it is now :)
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: ayess on January 03, 2012, 05:27 AM
Martin, I was interested to read your post regarding a blue plaque to commemorate George Formby Senior, purely altruistic. My great aunts used to tell me, in pre-war days, of how their brother Herbert, my grandfather, ran away from home with a lad name Jimmy Booth to follow a circus. The only record I have of him is his name on my late mother's birth certificate from 1906 where he is recorded as Herbert Cecil Shaw, must have gone up in the world, profession, Music Hall Artiste. I cannot find him, or his wife, Catherine McGee, in the 1901 or 1911 English censuses nor marriage or death certificates. I have been in contact with the people who know about music halls and circuses at the Royal Hollaway University in London, to no avail. I have a suspicion that they may have been on the halla in Ireland. Our Herbert is my only missing link.    Ayess
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Martin on January 03, 2012, 10:05 AM
And there was me thinking that running away to join the circus was something that only happened in stories!
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: GayJ on January 03, 2012, 01:05 PM
Ayess,

You could try searching the Irish 1901 and 1911 census returns free on-line at: http://www.nationalarchives.ie/  (http://www.nationalarchives.ie/) also Itish civil Registration indexes for free at:

https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1408347 (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1408347)
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Kiwi on January 03, 2012, 09:41 PM
I'm in two minds over this coz we bought one of them George Formby Grills last year and so far I've been singularly unimpressed, the BBQ does a far better job and it's not so much of a bugger to keep clean.  :-\
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Kiwi on January 03, 2012, 10:21 PM
There is a blue plaque at the Diggle entrance to Standedge Tunnel commemorating Thomas Telford that was privately commissioned by the Newcomen Society.

(http://i973.photobucket.com/albums/ae218/Dogsbreath/DSCN0431-1-1.jpg)

Looks like BW, the Huddersfield Canal Society and Oldham Council chipped in as well.
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: ashtonmasher on January 05, 2012, 03:55 AM
Thank you Martin for this about George Formby senior. Have always been a big fan of Jr George and have tapes and records, but never knew of the connection with AUL
I have passed this on to a relative who in his fan club in Blackpool.
Stella
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: KENNETHO on January 05, 2012, 05:03 AM
i bet they haven't got one of his grills ha ha kennetho
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Fudge on January 05, 2012, 09:39 AM
I have got a signed photo of George Formby Junior  and a autograph and also a signed photo of Grace Formby. My mum got them in the early 30s at the theatre in Newcastle on Tyne Fudge
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: GayJ on January 05, 2012, 12:04 PM
George FORMAN grills!!
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: jaywit on January 05, 2012, 01:01 PM
Cum'on Gay(kiwi's warped sense of newmer)
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: GayJ on January 05, 2012, 01:37 PM
Ha! Why do I take things so seriously?
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Kiwi on January 05, 2012, 08:40 PM
George FORMAN grills!!
(http://i973.photobucket.com/albums/ae218/Dogsbreath/images1.jpg)

Hook, Line and Sinker!

Cheers Gay, you put a smile on my dial.   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Bardsleycrow on January 06, 2012, 08:51 AM
Kiwi
George Foreman is'nt very good with his rendition of With my Little Stick of Blackpool Rock and is hopless playing the Ukulele.
Kevin
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Nan on January 07, 2012, 02:27 PM
I knew George Formby Snr came from Ashton but never knew just whereabouts he lived. He was my grandfather`s cousin and also shared the christian name of George as it was a family name!!
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Too shy on May 24, 2012, 03:44 PM
I have been asked to help spread awareness of a campaign to get a blue plaque erected to commemorate George Formby Senior, who was born in Hodgson Street, Ashton under Lyne, and later lived on Crickets Lane, although he moved to Wigan at around the age of 15.

Father of George 'When I'm Cleaning Windows' Formby junior, George senior was a successful music-hall entertainer in his own right.

More about George senior and the blue plaque campaign can be found here:
http://www.angelfire.com/ab7/history_doorstep/plaque.html

Many thanks to Martin in his efforts to spread the word of the campaign back in December 2011. The target figure was reached a couple of months ago, the blue plaque was then commissioned and has since been received. The plaque is soon to be placed adjacent to Hodgson Street where George Formby Senior (as James Booth) was born in 1875. The unveiling will be undertaken by Geraldine Smith, the granddaughter of George Formby Senior (and therefore a niece of George Jnr, the ukelele-playing recording artist and film star son) on Saturday 2nd June 2012. The ceremony will commence at 10-30 am and there will be music from members of the George Formby Society with the unveiling itself at about 10-50/10-55 am. The plaque is to be erected at 65, Welbeck Street South which is on the corner with Hodgson Street and Brook Street East. Directly after this, Ashton Pioneer Homes will commence their own "Pioneer People's Jubilee Party". Anyone interested in attending the unveiling is more than welcome to come along and see an "Ashton lad" recognised eventually in the town of his birth.
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Meg on May 24, 2012, 03:57 PM
Great news. I always make a point of reading blue plaques when visiting new places.
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Ashtonian54 on May 24, 2012, 10:21 PM
http://g.co/maps/v2zez (http://g.co/maps/v2zez)
I remember the Baptist Chapel opposite!



Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Vanessa on May 25, 2012, 09:00 PM
The Baptists are still in the area, just round the corner on Brook Street.

Vanessa
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Too shy on June 22, 2012, 09:12 PM
The day went very well indeed. The weather was kind to those taking part despite a chill breeze at times. The George Formby Society performed three terrific numbers (from the George Junior back catalogue, of course) and the proceedings were graced by Geraldine Smith (George Senior's granddaughter) who carried out the unveiling with style. Pop round and see the plaque next time you are in those parts and enjoy a little bit of Ashton's Victorian era history.

PS There was also a happy snapper in the form of our webmaster. You'll also see some of his items of the day's events on You Tube. Many thanks Mr C.
Title: Re: George Formby Senior
Post by: Martin on June 23, 2012, 12:59 PM
I thought I had posted some images here, but it must have been on the blog (http://ashton-under-lyne.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/abc-wednesday-unveiling.html).

Here are a few happy snaps. I won't name names as somebody is too shy!

(http://www.ashton-under-lyne.com/blogimages/aul1218bls.jpg)

(http://www.ashton-under-lyne.com/blogimages/aul1219bls.jpg)

(http://www.ashton-under-lyne.com/blogimages/aul1217bls.jpg)

The YouTube links are here: "Leaning on a Lamp Post (http://youtu.be/4Y_7G5DMEMY)" and "My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock (http://youtu.be/fdp0H8eq0aA)".