Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Sunday, 1 May 2011


Thanks to Sebastian Lassandro for making this post possible


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday;

"Death Takes A Holiday"
Women adored him! Men feared him!
No one can die while HE makes love

Death decides to take a holiday from his usual business to see what it is like to be a mortal. Posing as Prince Sirki, he spends 3 days with Duke Lambert and his guests at his ducal estate. Several of the women are attracted to the mysterious prince, but shy away from him when they sense his true nature. But Grazia, the beautiful young woman whom the Duke thought was to marry his son, loves him even when she knows who he is.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday:
Owing to Enormous Success at Scala,

"Love, Life and Laughter"
Gracie's greatest film, with five great song numbers
Book Your Seats Early!
Don't be disappointed this time
No Extra Charge for Booking

Gracie Fields stars in this charming, fairytale romance that proved a big hit at the box office.

Gracie plays Nellie, the daughter of a pub landlord, who meets Prince Charles of Granau at a charity fancy dress ball. Disguised as Nell Gwynn, Nellie steals Prince Charle's heart. He decides to turn away from his royal life and his forthcoming arranged marriage to Princess Grapfel and the two fall in love.

Tragically, the King of Granau dies and Charles has no choice but to resume his royal duties and ascent the throne. Nellie goes to Granau to see him only to find a very different man. Charles has decided that he must marry Princess Grapfel after all and there can be no place in his life for the humble publican's daughter.

Here's a few clips from the Gracie film for those interested:

Film opening and title song:

Comedic court room scene

Gracie sings 'Cherie' -a Romantic number:

Seb Lassandro
-Dame Gracie Fields Appreciation Society 


The Alexandra

Picture supplied by Dave

The Alexandra, Corporation Street, Hyde, is now known as the Festival Theatre. Gone is the beautiful façade show in the picture above from 1954 which was shown in our local paper. The doorways marked Billiards and Pictures are no more. Looking at this picture of the buildings, the Post Office, Alexandra and the Theatre Royal  it shows how well Hyde was doing at that time... and how well the town must have been doing when these buildings were built.


Anonymous said...

Here's a few clips from the Gracie film for those interested:

Film opening and title song:

Comedic court room scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTYXhaA3O7E

Gracie sings 'Cherie' -a Romantic number:

Seb Lassandro
-Dame Gracie Fields Appreciation Society

Tom said...

Thanks Sab for the links, I have added them to the posting.

Hydonian said...

Excellent stuff here!
Thanks to Seb ,Dave and Tom for putting this together !

Anonymous said...

You're all very welcome! Glad I could contribute in some way.

I've just spotted that whoever transcribed the advert's text has written 'CORPORTION' rather than 'Corporation' underneath the image.

As an English student at University, I don't want readers of the blog attributing that mistake to me ;)

Keep up the good work team!! :)


Tom said...

Cheers Seb... most of the spelling mistakes on here are very much down to me... ha! I am always happy to make amendments my friend.... ;0)