Theatre hosted Formby's final performance
GEORGE Formby's last performance was at the Bristol Hippodrome in March 1961.
He was indeed a very funny man and featured in the pantomime Aladdin. I went with my mum and sister and we had some lovely seats up in the gods.
I saw George in a number of films. During the intermission the curtains suddenly went up and a red light came down and this great star came on stage dressed in a smart grey suit. In the middle of the stage, by the side of a table, there were five different size ukuleles and banjos. George played them all, one by one and he was outstanding, singing all of his film hits – Leaning on a Lamp Post, Little Stick of Blackpool Rock and a few more songs.
I don't think I have ever heard anything like this kind of playing before. His special spot in the show lasted for about 15 minutes or so, he certainly brought the house down.
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It was the last we would ever see of this great entertainer. Just after his death, his record company released a collection of his best songs.