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An honorary member and a gifted player of Formby songs, Alan rarely missed a convention.
Alan was always a giver and never a taker, he gave the GFS everything that he could in the all too brief time that he was with us and he gave his family the best that any dad and granddad could give.
Albert and Dorothy were always to be found at the George Formby Society conventions, in their regular place on the front row and in over twenty years, they rarely missed a Blackpool event.
Alan Randall, honorary member of the GFS and international recording artist  has been a good friend of the George Formby Society for many years and has probably done more than anybody to promote the name of George Formby since George’s death in 1961.
Former President Bernard Young was quite friendly with the Formby family and often called on George’s mother who, almost blind, lived in a ramshackle terrace house in Warrington with her daughter Louise.
Charles and Eve resided in Blackpool and Eve freely admitted in an article in The Vellum that it was Charles who secured the Winter Gardens as a venue for the GFS.
Jack was always the 'popular' choice at any of the Blackpool conventions and was always allowed to sing as many songs as he liked, the members never tired of listening to him.
John was a member of the GFS for many years and was one of the few people who actually had contact with George Formby
Ray was in the GFS right from the first day and reading through those early issues of the GFS magazine, "The Vellum" will illustrate to anyone just how important a member Ray was in those early pioneering days
Stan Evans was an iconic figure in the Society in the late 80s and 1990s and did much to convert The Vellum magazine into a very readable presentation.
He attended many of the Blackpool conventions, always accompanied by his lovely wife Win and was always ready to make himself available for the countless Formby fans who really wanted just to get a little closer to George.
I have learned that Win Booth, wife of the late Ted Booth (seen together above), has passed away. Win would have celebrated her 90th birthday later in the year.
 "Tetley" Dave was a legendary figure in West Yorkshire and particularly in the Castleford area where he and his wife Margaret ran the Shoulder of Mutton pub and where for many years the Castleford branch of The GFS has flourished.
Cyril was a leading light at the Sale branch for many years and regularly attended the Blackpool conventions. Wife Sheila passed away shortly after Cyril, and a double funeral was held.
One of the reasons why the GFS began to prosper is surely down to a very special person - our past President of fourteen years and a GFS member for almost thirty years, Dennis Taylor.
He created lovely copies of Abbott, Gibson and Ludwig instruments that in actual fact were probably made better than the originals! Above are Gordon (left) and George Formby’s nephew Jeffrey Booth.
Ella was in her eighty eighth year having being born on July 2nd 1910. She appeared on the stage as did most of the other Formby brothers and sister.
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