BLUE PLAQUE TO FRED BARNES


On Monday 18th October 2021 the British Music Hall Society President Paul O’Grady MBE unveiled a BMHS Blue Plaque to the music hall star Fred Barnes at 22, Clifton Villas, London, W9 2PH where he lived from 1926 – 1930.

Fred was hugely popular on the music hall stage and was known as ‘the wavy haired, blue-eyed Adonis’, lauded for his looks, talent and charm. His signature song was The Black Sheep Of The Family but he was also known for his songs Give Me The Moonlight and On Mother Kelly’s Doorstep, later popularised by Frankie Vaughan and Danny La Rue.

A large crowd turned out to watch the event including Jan Hunt, author Paul Bailey and members of Fred Barnes’ family. The unveiling was preceded by a singalong with John Orchard at the keyboards and after the ceremony Christopher Green sang a few songs associated with Fred Barnes. The event was organised by BMHS Committee Members John Orchard and Alison Young.

(Photographers: John McKenzie & David Reed)


BMHS Committee Member and Event Co-Organiser John Orchard


BMHS Chairman Adam Borzone


BMHS Secretary and Event Co-Organiser Alison Young


BMHS President Paul O’Grady, BMHS Committee Member John Orchard


BMHS President Paul O’Grady


Christopher Green


BMHS Secretary Alison Young, BMHS President Paul O’Grady, Christopher Green, BMHS Chairman Adam Borzone, BMHS Committee Member John Orchard


22, Clifton Villas

 

BLUE PLAQUE TO RONNIE RONALDE

On Tuesday 17th August 2021 the actor Jim Carter OBE unveiled a British Music Hall Society Blue Plaque to the singing, whistling and yodelling star of stage, radio, TV and recordings, Ronnie Ronalde, at the house where he was born, 126, Downham Road, Islington, London, N1 3HJ. As Mr. Marlow in The Singing Detective, Jim Carter mimed to Ronnie’s recording of Bird Song At Eventide, which then featured on the best-selling soundtrack. A large crowd turned out to watch the ceremony including representatives of the Grand Order of Water Rats, the Deputy Mayor of Islington and the former M.P. and war reporter Martin Bell, who, at one time, was a neighbour of the Ronaldes in Suffolk. After the plaque was unveiled the audience was treated to a performance of one of Ronnie’s signature tunes by whistler-supreme Sheila Harrod. The event was organised by BMHS Committee Member Christine Padwick.

(Photographers: John McKenzie & David Reed)


Jim Carter OBE


Jim Carter OBE


Jim Carter OBE & Sheila Harrod


Jim Carter OBE and BMHS Committee Member Christine Padwick


Martin Bell OBE & BMHS Committee Member Christine Padwick

 

 

BLUE PLAQUE TO SANDY POWELL

On Monday 13th April 2015, President Roy Hudd OBE unveiled a British Music Hall Society Blue Plaque to the famous comedian Sandy Powell at his old home, 11, Elms Avenue, Eastbourne, BN21 3DN. Over 100 people turned out to watch the ceremony which was also attended by Vice President Wyn Calvin MBE, Janet Coles, the Mayor of Eastbourne, Stephen Lloyd, Parliamentary Candidate for Eastbourne and ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, who brought along Sandy's soldier dummy that Sandy used in his cod vent act. The dummy is now housed in the Water Rats Museum but was allowed out for the day!

BBC South East filmed the ceremony and screened a report on their evening news programme that day and BBC Radio Sussex interviewed Roy Hudd and Adam Borzone, Vice Chairman of the BMHS.


There is film footage of the afternoon on the Eastbourne Live website:
http://www.eastbournelive.org.uk/5.html

(Photographer: David Reed)


Geoff Bowden, Editor of the BMHS magazine The Call Boy and Roy Hudd 


Geoff Bowden, Steve Hewlett, Wyn Calvin and Roy Hudd


Roy Hudd unveils the plaque


Roy Hudd admires the plaque


Wyn Calvin, Roy Hudd and Steve Hewlett


Roy Hudd, Janet Coles, the Mayor of Eastbourne and Steve Hewlett

 

 

 

 
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