Looking Back: Ooh mother! George loved our town

George Formby and wife Beryl judging a Miss Great Britain competition.
George Formby and wife Beryl judging a Miss Great Britain competition.

This Saturday fans of George Formby will turn outin force at Morecambe’s Winter Gardens.

The George Formby Society Convention is coming to town to celebrate everything about the life, music, film and stage career of the Wiganer with the ukulele.

So the timing is exactly right for Michael Harding of Thornton Road to send us this classic snap of Formby himself in our resort.

George came to Morecambe many times during his life and career, most notably to perform at the Winter Gardens.

He also judged the Miss Great Britain beauty contests at the Super Swimming Stadium, as seen here with his wife Beryl and fellow judge, and another regular visitor to Morecambe, singer David Whitfield (left).

Judging by the sash sported by the winner, this photo was snapped in the 1950s.

As Michael notes, it must have been a chilly day in Morecambe because George is wearing an overcoat. Can’t have turned out nice again, then...