THE ARTIST J.M.W. TURNER?
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THE BBC’s ‘GROVE FAMILY’
Some readers may remember the Grove family from BBC TV in the 1950’s.
The Grove Family was a British television series soap opera, generally regarded as the first of its kind broadcast in the UK, made and broadcast by the BBC Television Service from 1954 to 1957. The series concerned the life of the family of the title, who were named after the BBC’s Lime Grove Studios where the programme was made.
The programme was written by Roland and Michael Pertwee, the father and elder brother respectively of actor Jon Pertwee. As was common for British television at the time, the series was broadcast live and very few episodes survive in the archives: only three of the original 148 episodes. – Wikipedia
We believe this photo shows the TV family visiting Burnham but we are not sure just where it was taken, can anyone help?
QUEEN ELIZABETH II & PRINCE PHILIP
Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip visited Highbridge Radio Station in 1958.
The Royal couple arrived by Royal Train at Highbridge and were received at the Radio Station shortly after 10 a.m. by Postmaster General Ernest Marples. They were to observe a demonstration of the working of the station and the Queen was to send a message to the ship ‘Empress of Britain’. Following this they rejoined the Royal Train and left for engagements in Bristol.
Thanks to John Davey for scans
Footage from Norman Gobey’s films posted on YouTube by Digibee 1:
1988, Princess Ann opens Save the Children shop in Regent Street .
Is the gentleman accompanying her Admiral Sir Mark Pizey?
Below is a souvenir scroll of the Town Crier’s announcement, signed by him.
In 1994 Burnham featured in the Challenge Anneka T.V. programme. Anneka Rice co-ordinated the provision of a new building to house the BARB hovercraft.
The New Theatre in Princess Hall was opened by Princess Alexandra 1995
Prince Edward visited BARB in 2009 to mark the 5th anniversary of the Spirit of Lelaina going into operation, and again in 2014 to unveil sea-front information panels.
DANNY LA RUE
Danny La Rue appeared at a Save the Children charity fete at the Manor Gardens. Does anyone know when?
FRANKIE HOWERD (Comedian)
Frankie Howerd, well known musical hall , radio & TV comedian from the 1950’s to the 1980’s, was perhaps best known for his TV series ‘Up Pompeii’. He lived in Cross for the last 20 years of his life, was a regular visitor to Burnham.
RICHARD WYATT (TV Broadcaster)