Lancashire

George Formby's last house at St Annes gets blue plaque

George Formby's former home in Lancashire
Image caption Formby lived at the house for nearly ten years

A blue plaque has been unveiled at entertainer George Formby's former home in St Annes, Lancashire.

Formby lived at the house, named Beryldene after his wife, for nearly ten years until his death in 1961.

Members of the George Formby Society performed at the unveiling on Inner Promenade in Fairhaven.

Marion Coupe, from the Lytham St Annes Civic Society, said she was "amazed" there was still so much interest in the entertainer.

"We didn't publicise the event, but so many people have got to hear about it, it's wonderful," she said.

The house, built in 1932, was originally named Cintra and has another musical link - Formby bought it from tenor Joseph Locke.

Formby, who was born George Hoy Booth in Wigan, Greater Manchester, in 1904.

He was a comedian, actor, singer and songwriter who appeared in 21 films and was awarded an OBE in 1946 for entertaining British and American troops during World War II.

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