June 2018


The June 2018 convention was another great success for all those involved, both organising it and those attending it. A good crowd on both days and the GFS shop girls kept busy throughout the appearance in April put the Society well and truly back in the public’s eye.


Once again, some smashing entertainment from the stage from members both old and new. I think we were all entertained by Both James Fleming and 17-year-old Courtney Razavi Rezvani are making really good progress since they came into the GFS last year. It always amazes me just how young people grasp all seen this happen so many times in past years but it is always exciting to view.


It was also nice to see a couple of faces from some years ago in Tom Cutler and Reg Goldsmith. Tom was a 14-year-old in 1995 when he won the GFS Song Competition which the Society ran for a few years in the 90’s. Reg has also paid his dues to the GFS by in the 1990’s and has now developed into the Essex branch with Reg still being involved to this day.


In June 2017 we had a proper GFS wedding when Kevin and Cathy Staniland said their vows in the Imperial Hotel. One year later and they were both back with us this weekend. Kevin spent his Sunday working on the sound mixer after it was discovered on Kevin is very experienced with sound balancing and is the audio Staying with romance for a moment as GFS chairman Caroline



A lot of the weekend revolved around the lovely Lesley Fowkes who sadly has Motor Neurone Disease. Lesley is not taking this terrible illness lying down and is battling each day to come to terms and contain it. She is also raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease but her friends both within the GFS and outside the writing Lesley and her friends have climbed to £3021


GFS chairman Caroline Stewart has decided to dive off 160 feet high Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge only attached by a bungee rope. Caroline is obviously not doing this for feelings of peace and Caroline Stewart was immaculately dressed and looked beautiful when she took to the stage to to compere Saturday evening’s concert – will she wear the same lovely dress when she dives into glory from the Teesside Bridge I wonder?


The best friend that the GFS has ever had as far as media is concerned is Daniel Wiles. Daniel of course produced two brilliant documentary programmes on George Formby. The 1992 South Bank Show and Frank Skinner On Formby. Daniel and his wife Erica made the long journey from London to be with us this weekend and Daniel told me just how pleased he was to see the Society featured so well in the Royal Albert Hall. Even though Daniel has retired from film production, he is always very welcome in Blackpool



Tommy Quirk has been coming to The George Formby Society Blackpool conventions since he started in the Society in 1992. In that time I have never known him to miss a Blackpool meeting. missing! This was noted by quite a few members as well as myself and we hoped that Tommy had not suffered a mishap. When I got back home after the weekend I contacted Tommy to find out if he was alright, he told me, “Sorry I didn't get to go, but my next door neighbour wasn't too good. I wouldn't let anyone else look after The Society is full of nice people who always show kindness and generosity to others, Tommy is a shining example of that wonderful spirit. He just comes along to Blackpool, plays his songs and then sits and enjoys the other meeting without Tommy, his uke and his famed towel is undoubtedly a duller affair! We all I feel sure, will look forward to Tommy’s return in September.
The GFS Convention it full swing!
Great entertainment from Matthew Quilliam
Paul Robinson gets some attractive backing singers!
Peter Pollard with Erica and Daniel Wiles
Martin & Lesley Fowkes