There are a few sets of negatives featuring local bands, this is the first I shall put up. I confess my knowledge of the skiffle era is limited to say the least but i’ve done a tiny bit of research and the main mention of this group comes from this site.
The Lonnigans started gigging in early 1990s when Derek Mason (Ronnie Lonnigan) walked into our lives after a tip-off from the BBC who had been doing a programme on skiffle. Apart from being an excellent washboard player, always a fraction ahead of the beat, which gives us our momentum and drives us along, Derek also gives the group skiffle credibility. His association with the New Station skiffle group and their defeat of Adam Faith’s Worried Men on ITV’s ‘6.5 Special’ in the semi finals of the 1957 National Skiffle competition, still carries an immense amount of kudos amongst his peers.
So, these guys were the winners of the 1957 National skiffle competition, beating Adam Faith. As always I’m fond of the crowd shots and this one is no exception. Is one of these lads a soon to be famous musician in their own right?
One of the camera team during a break filming the 6.5 Special from the Gaumount Theatre.
Cal McCord sits atop Ladybird in the foyer of the Gaumont Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush. This theatre was damaged during the war by a flying bomb, more infomation here.
The picture was shot with the doors behind the children, the trees of Shepherd’s Bush Common visible.
According to here Cal was an American ex-serviceman who remained in the UK becoming a cowboy actor and entertainer.
There is imdb entry which shows he did have roles through till the early 1972’s. There is also an interesting clip via the Pathe News archives of his stage act a decade earlier.
A fruitseller battles with the elements on the streets of west London.
The actress and model Sabrina takes a moment to rest during a promotional visit to Whiteleys department store.
Celebrity visits to Whiteleys appear to have been common and there are a number of other famous faces of the time appearing in the negatives. There are also a number of more corporate shots of what I am assuming are the managers of the store.
Reporters can be seen in the mirror behind Norma Ann Sykes (Sabrina).
The crowd in the stands in Craven Cottage during a Fulham vs Bristol City football match. Enlargement of one of the images just about shows it’s the 1957-8 season.
Some research online suggests a date of April the 19th 1957.
The clothes are about right for a spring game. If this is the game then Fulham won 4-3
and there was some football played too,
The clue to the date
Seven Sisters garage petrol pump attendents. Gerald Penter is on the left.