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Re: George Formby Senior
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2012, 12:04 PM »
George FORMAN grills!!
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Re: George Formby Senior
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2012, 01:01 PM »
Cum'on Gay(kiwi's warped sense of newmer)

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« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2012, 01:37 PM »
Ha! Why do I take things so seriously?
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Re: George Formby Senior
« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2012, 08:40 PM »
George FORMAN grills!!


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Re: George Formby Senior
« Reply #19 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.
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Re: George Formby Senior
« Reply #20 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!!

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Re: George Formby Senior
« Reply #21 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.

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Re: George Formby Senior
« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2012, 03:57 PM »
Great news. I always make a point of reading blue plaques when visiting new places.
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« Reply #23 on: May 24, 2012, 10:21 PM »
http://g.co/maps/v2zez
I remember the Baptist Chapel opposite!




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Re: George Formby Senior
« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2012, 09:00 PM »
The Baptists are still in the area, just round the corner on Brook Street.

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Re: George Formby Senior
« Reply #25 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.

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Re: George Formby Senior
« Reply #26 on: June 23, 2012, 12:59 PM »
I thought I had posted some images here, but it must have been on the blog.

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







The YouTube links are here: "Leaning on a Lamp Post" and "My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock".
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