1955, Blackpool Opera House

13th April, 1955


HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II
HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Presented by: Jack Hylton

Musical Directors:                                                Billy Ternent and Ronnie Munro

Stage Director: Charles Henry

The first of the two Royal Varity Performances of 1955 – and the first ever staged outside the capital – featured many acts familiar to Blackpool audiences. The organised Reginald Dixon who has become a popular resident in the Tower Ballroom was there, with the signature tune he made all his own, ‘I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside’. Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss delighted their fans as usual. From the Tower Circus came the Musical Clowns Charlie Cairoli and Paul, while George Formby and the American star Eddie Fisher added to the star-studded line-up, along with Arthur Askey and couple of young comedians by the name of Morecambe and Wise.

The highlight slapstick act of the evening belonged to the consummate comedians, Lauri Lupino Lane and George Truzzi, who treated the Blackpool audience to their celebrated paper-hanging routine. This was centred round two people trying to paste a piece of wall-paper on a wall with different coloured paste. The consequences can be imagined, and at the end of it both comics had to have a good wash-down before next appearing on stage.

 

Performers

LAURI LUPINO LANE

GEORGE TRUZZI

PETER GLAZE

KENNETH SANDFORTH

PAMELA BROMLEY

VERA DAY

THE JOHN TILLER GIRLS

VICTORIA PALACE BOYS & GIRLS

KATHRYN MOORE

FLYING DE PAULS

BARBOUR BORTHERS & JEAN

THE AMANDIS

THE CRAZY GANG

MORECAMBE & WISE

BILL WADDINGTON

JOSEPHINE ANNE

THE SHOWGIRLS

ARTHUR ASKEY

GERALDO & ORCHESTRA

JEWEL & WARRISS

LITTLEWOOD'S GIRLS CHOIR

JOAN REGAN

FIVE SMITH BROTHERS

ALMA COGAN

GEORGE FORMBY

1ST LIVERPOOL SCOTTISH

BERYL GREY with JOHN FIELD

JACK TRIPP

CHILDREN FROM BLACKPOOL TOWER BALLET

CHARLIE CAIROLI WITH PAUL WILFRED AND MABLE

ALBERT MODLEY

FLANAGAN & ALLEN

EDDIE FISHER WITH BBC ORCHESTRA

AL READ

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