George Forby and his missus Beryl
There was another 1940s event at the Crich Tramway museum last weekend and entertaining the crowds were Paul E. Caspar and his tribute act for George Formby and his wife Beryl. And a good show they did put on.
George Formby was one of the UKs most well known entertainers and film stars from the mid 20th century. He served with the Entertainments Natioanl Service Assocaition, ENSA, during World War II and entertained the troops in both North Africa nd Europe. He was awarded the OBE in 1946 for his services. Early in his career Beryl was part of his act but later moved on to manage his career. He performed in over twenty films and appeared at many concerts during that career, his songs were so well known a the time and included such favourites as:
Amongst so many others.
Born in 1904 in Wigan he died in 1961, his funeral was held in St. Charles' Church in Aigburth, Liverpool. An estimated 100,000 mourners lined the route as his coffin was driven to Warrington Cemetery, where he was buried in the Booth family grave.
His wife Beryl was born in 1901 in Lancashire and was a champion clog dancer and actress, winning the All England Step Dancing Title at the age of 11. She died the year before George in 1960. As his manager it was Beryl's business skill that guided Formby to be the UK's highest-paid entertainer (at a time of high taxation he was paying 97.5% of his earnings as tax).
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