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George Formby fans make crossing to Grosmont

Members of the George Formby Society pictured at their first ever event in Grosmont.

Members of the George Formby Society pictured at their first ever event in Grosmont.

FANS of comedian and ukelele player George Formby made the crossing over the moors to Grosmont for a special get together.

The first ever George Formby Day was held at the Crossing Club to pay homage to the star and members of the George Formby Society travelled from across the country to attend.
Due to the bad weather, many people from across the country who had planned to come to the event on Saturday 19 January were unable to make the journey due to the bad weather.

On the day, the club laid on two special George Formby beers for the occasion - Lamppost Light and Auntie Maggie’s Remedy.

Organiser Caroline Robson said: “Village residents, suffering from cabin fever, also came along plus a couple of new faces who had read about the event in The Whitby Gazette.

“The day was a resounding success under the circumstances, and though most of the musicians who made it weren’t Formby style players, they still entertained throughout the evening.

“With more snow on Sunday, by Monday the A169 Whitby to Pickering road was of course closed and remained so for two days.

“One Formby Society member had travelled to Grosmont from York via the Coastliner bus and due to the road closure, he was stranded and had to be taken to Middlesbrough by Land Rover to catch the train home.”

Another event is planned for April.

 

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