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Legendary entertainer, George Formby serenades our blind veterans.

 

 

Legendary Georgy Formby serenades our blind veterans

In the lead-up to Christmas of 1941, Blind Veterans UK had the pleasure of being serenaded by legendary entertainer George Formby at our wartime base in Church Stretton. Church Stretton became our  base after our offices in Brighton became a bomb threat in Word War 2. Formby left long lasting impressions on the blind veterans as he entertained them with his original compositions on the ukulele.

Shortly after beginning his acting career, Formby was introduced to the ukulele at the age of 19. No stranger to the spotlight, he delivered his first performance on the ukulele at the Althambra Theatre in Barnsley - his performance was very well received as he entertained audiences with his famous father's material. "Leaning on a Lamppost" and "When I'm Cleaning Windows" were his most popular hits during his prime.  Formby suffered a heart attack and passed away in March 1961.

Fun fact: The Beatles were big fans of Formby's compositions and he inspired the band's creative spark as they improvised with ukuleles during the recording breaks on 'Let It Be.'