Hall Green’s best loved comic, Tony Hancock would have been 90 today and it is only fitting to say happy birthday Tony from all of us in Hall Green who love your work .
Hancock left us all too early but we are lucky to have records, films, BBC programmes and YouTube clips to enjoy his supreme talent.
Many have their favourite Hancock sketch from the classic Blood Donor to the Radio Ham. My favourite has always been The Missing Page. A clever, haunting evocation of the power of the written word. Hancock and his sidekick Sid James try to solve the mystery of a whodunit without the last page of the book. Their travels and attempts to solve the mystery is a comic masterpiece.
One of the funniest scenes in set in a library. My recent campaign to save Hall Green library reminds me of the need for that continued place – the community library and the part it plays in our communities. Where we are free to roam the shelves and to enjoy the discovery of a novel, a biography or a recipe book.
I am so proud that we in Hall Green saved our community library although we know that our continued vigilance will be necessary with the challenging budget constraints we will be facing over the coming years.
Check out the video below of The Missing Page. It may be over 50 years old but it is still a great 30 minutes and when we talk about classic English humour then this portrays that so brilliantly.
Whether you are in Hall Green , East Cheam or wherever… raise a small toast to this long lost but not forgotten son of Hall Green.
Happy 90th Tony from all your fans!