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Will Fly Formby treasure trove in Derbyshire (12) RE: Formby treasure trove in Derbyshire 13 Feb 19


I don't think anyone is trying to make comparisons about the Formbys father and son - and I don't know why you seem so obsessed with it.

They were both at the top of their games, in their own different times, and comparisons are odious. The mass media in the world inhabited by George Junior - records, radio, film, etc. - didn't exist to the same extent in George Senior's day. But the father was at the top of his profession until TB carried him off, in the same way that the son was at the top of his. And fame is not just measured by money.

One thing is for sure: George Junior was not destined for showbusiness but for the world of horse racing. His father didn't want him on the stage - "One fool in the family is enough" - but the son was so annoyed by the number of imitators of his father after the father's death, that he decided he could do the act better. Which he could and, as I said earlier on, the early stage work of George Junior mirrors the father's, even down to the records. It was when Beryl came along that the Formby act changed radically.


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