Harry Secombe got my vote last week to be the representative act of the 1950s at Blackpool’s Palace Theatre.
Harry (1921-2001) fits the bill because his Palace appearances spanned ten years; three visits on variety bills, 1950-52, and a summer season in 1960, a year before the big Promenade venue closed.
For 50 years the Palace brought more stars to Blackpool than any other; eight acts per week, two shows nightly, changing weekly.
As the Fifties dawned a new generation of artists appeared on Palace bills. Several had emerged as entertainers in the armed forces including Max Bygraves, Dick Emery, Tony Hancock, Peter Sellers – and Harry Secombe. Continue reading