Tuesday, July 23, 2024

U3A: Harry, Spike and Toffs!

AT the September meeting of Thurrock U3A at the Civic Hall Grays, Chairperson Maggie Whitbread announced that there would be a joint meeting with TOFFS (Thurrock Over Fifties Forum) on the 8th. November.

She went on to give details of a singing event at the High House, Purfleet, run by The Royal Opera Company they were looking out for singers to join them.

She then introduced t he guest, Martyn Harrison, a fine tenor singer who addressed the life and work of Sir Harry Secombe, who’s voice he had dubbed for the character in the ‘Spitting Image’ series. He followed his army career through North Africa, where he first met Spike Milligan, through Sicily and into Italy. They were both drafted into an entertainments unit.

Martyn illustrated some of Secombe’s best loved songs in his powerful tenor.

The next meeting will be on October 31 St.

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