The September BMHS In The Limelight meeting will be devoted to the stage career of Will Hay. Graham Rinaldi presents Find The Beetle on Thursday 21st September at the CAA, 20, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HP at 7.45pm.
Admission by donation. All welcome.
A Blue Plaque to Alma Cogan will be unveiled at her old home in Worthing on Friday 22nd September at 2pm. Alma was one of the most popular personalities to emerge during the 1950s and she was reputed to be the highest paid female star in Britain during that era. She had more hits in the 1950s than any other female singer – 18 in total and in the 1960s topped the charts in Japan, Sweden and Israel as well as having hits in India, Germany, Denmark and Norway.
Alma’s family lived in Worthing in the 1940s -and while living at Lansdowne Road, Alma, aged just 16 yrs, successfully auditioned in 1948 for the chorus of High Button Shoes, which ran for almost a year at the London Hippodrome. In 1959, at the height of her fame she returned to Worthing to top the bill in a Sunday concert at the Pier Pavilion and that December she appeared in the Connaught Theatre pantomime, Goldilocks And The Three Bears.
Alma sadly died of ovarian cancer in October 1966 aged just 34.
The plaque has been financed by the long-time fans of Alma, in conjunction with the Worthing Society, and Lionel Blair, a close friend of Alma’s has kindly agreed to unveil the plaque.
Details of the ceremony are as follows:
UNVEILING OF PLAQUE TO ALMA COGAN
Friday 22nd September at 2pm
29, Lansdowne Road,
Plaque to be unveiled by Lionel Blair
Order of ceremony:
1) Geoff Bowden – Welcome and Brief Summary of Alma’s Career
2) Susan Belton, Chair of The Worthing Society on the Blue Plaque Trail
3) The Mayor Of Worthing, Cllr Alex Harman
4) Lionel Blair
No, not the British Music Hall Society’s Day By The Sea but a revival of a play by N.C. Hunter originally staged in 1953 with John Gielgud, Sybil Thorndike and Ralph Richardson in the cast.
A Day by the Sea is a rueful comedy. A 40-year-old diplomat, obsessed by his work, makes a brief visit to his mother in the family home in Dorset, only to be confronted with not one but two people who cause him to re-think his life.. England in 1953 – the Second World War a recent memory, and clouds of uncertainty hanging over the future, but in Dorset country life is pleasant, or always seemed to be. Were those days on the beach always so sunny? Could the future be as fine?