Entertainment & Arts By Ian Youngs Arts & entertainment reporter 10 April 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43681521 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel An archive of letters, diaries and photos belonging to film star George Formby and his spouses has been found in a disused office in Preston.Formby was … [Read more...] about George Formby treasure trove unearthed
Wigan-born entertainment superstar George Formby has landed his biggest ever gig - 57 years after he died. For his fan club is to perform before the Queen, countless other heads of state, a packed Royal Albert Hall and a TV audience of potentially two billion!Other news: Car ploughs into front of Wigan houseHer Majesty is a lifelong fan, and so the BBC invited the George Formby Society to strum one of his biggest ukulele hits at her 92nd birthday gala concert later this month. In a line-up which also includes Sir Tom Jones, Shaggy, Craig David, Shawn Mendes, Sting and Kylie Minogue, 40 of them will “thrash” their ukuleles in a rendition of When I’m Cleaning Windows - accompanied by a symphony orchestra!It is a huge coup for the Wigan-based society who have sought to perpetuate the memory of a man who, in the late 1930s and early 40s, was the world’s highest-paid star.Of course his music doesn’t have quite the currency it did, but there will be several … [Read more...] about Music of Wigan’s George Formby back on royal stage at long last
DO you play the ukulele? Then Warrington Market needs you this weekend. A celebration is being planned to celebrate Warrington legend George Formby's birthday on May 26. To gather supporters and create a photo opportunity ahead of the event, all of the area's ukulele aficionados are asked to meet at the market at 11am on Saturday. Although born in Wigan, George Formby's roots were in Warrington. His father, the original music hall George Formby, lived at Hillcrest in Stockton Heath, where his more famous son was a regular visitor. Both Formbys are buried in a family grave at Warrington cemetery, on Manchester Road. A spokesman said: "All you need is your uke and a cheery smile. "On May 26 we aim to celebrate Warrington’s connection with George by organising a massive Formby thrash at the market. "We want you to help us tell the story of George, and how his memory – and music – lives on today." For more information or to send a message to Warrinton … [Read more...] about Can you help with a ‘ukulele thrash’ to celebrate George Formby’s birthday?
BEAMING Helena Pye shows off her George Formby skills — thanks to a gizmo that lets the schoolgirl pluck her ukelele with only half an arm.The eleven-year-old was born with her left arm stunted at the elbow, leaving her unable to fulfill her dream of playing an instrument like her classmates.Her music teacher Phil Dalton came up with the design and got a craftsman to make it so Helena, who goes to St Aidan’s High School in Preesall, Lancs, would not feel left out it in classes.The teacher described her as “musically gifted”.He said: “She’s a phenomenal singer.“As a teacher you’ve got to make sure all your pupils are happy.”“I could see that she was a bit down because she wasn’t able to join in with her friends.“Inclusion is a very important thing in education and as a teacher you do everything in your power to make sure your children are included.“It was a really nice surprise for Helena.“Her eyes … [Read more...] about ‘Musically gifted’ schoolgirl born with stunted arm ‘overjoyed’ to be given specially-made ukulele by teacher so she can show off her George Formby skills
THE Queen’s all-time favourite music act has been revealed as ukulele king George Formby.The legendary performer, whose hits included When I’m Cleaning Windows, was once the UK’s highest paid star and entertained troops during the First and Second World Wars.Her Majesty claims to know everyone of his ditties, some of which were censored by the BBC back in the 1940s due to his rude lyrics.She even politely declined to take charge of his appreciation society after the move was deemed inappropriate by royal staff.According to writer Eve Pollard, the Queen’s correspondence secretary said: “I don’t honestly think, if you don’t mind me saying so, this is appropriate; you’re the head of the armed forces, the head of the Church of England, I don’t think you can be president of the George Formby Appreciation Society.”The monarch, who will celebrate her official 90th birthday on Saturday, responded: “Well, I do see that, but you … [Read more...] about Her Maj’s all time favourite musician is revealed…as ukulele star George Formby