Friday, April 13, 2007

Cliftonville 1875

An unusual and very early photograph sent in of Cliftonville in 1875, the 'Minstrels' giving a performance outside Brittania House.
Whether this is the same group that survived up until the 1970s on the BBC, I can't be sure but after that date of course, a very different public view was taken of this form of light entertainment.

Which reminds me, is the Punch & Judy show still banned in Broadstairs? Does anyone know?


Anonymous said...

The Black & White Minstrel Show was one of the most successful BBC TV Light entertainment programmes and ran for years. George Mitchell? also had his singers on very successful radio programmes 'Sing Something Simple'?

When he died the BBC failed to even mention his work and suuceesful showbiz life, probably because of possibly offending the sensibilities of the PC brigade, by showing clips from 'The Black & White Minstrel Show'. Such is the pernicious nature of PC attitudes.

Anonymous said...

The Punch and Judy Show was not banned from Viking Bay,It was only two puppets that caused a bit of a stir.
The show is appearing again this year from the last week in July until the end of August.
There are very few beach shows still performing and if it is to survive people should come and see the shows.
It is still only 50p per person to see the show which normally lasts about 20-25 minutes.
Mr Punch

Anonymous said...

What two puppets were hounded out of Broadstairs and what pernicious crimes were they accused of? It is really a case now of "Look behind you!"