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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 7th March, 2015)

Frank Randall plaque

Frank Randall plaque
New Springs School.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
Views: 4,659

Comment by: Ken R on 7th March 2015 at 00:39

That School must have been StJohn's, at about 50 Wigan Rd, There was a good chippie a bit further down at the Boundary.

Comment by: Bill G on 7th March 2015 at 00:41

I love this pic , the plaque, that is. My owld fella was born in the same vicinity in 1904, and later lived at 208 Wigan Road. He liked Frank Randle. Thank you for the photo Mick Byrne.

Comment by: alan on 7th March 2015 at 01:45

Who or what was Frank Randle ?

Comment by: joe graney on 7th March 2015 at 06:11

cant think of a better place to be born.

Comment by: Peterp on 7th March 2015 at 09:17

Alan it say's it on the plaque

Comment by: Giovanni on 7th March 2015 at 09:34

Ted Ray another comedian was born in Wigan but brought up in Liverpool.
Any more you readers can remember?

Comment by: joe graney on 7th March 2015 at 09:38

alan,Frank was a comedian,in the 40s and 50s he was one of the highest paid stars,headlining at blackpool he used to moor his yacht at the end of one of the piers,famously lending it out to frank sinatra.

Comment by: A.W. on 7th March 2015 at 10:21

Giovanni, Ted Ray used to live in UpHolland as a child, his family had the old Bull's Head Inn that used to be in School Lane, long since demolished.

Comment by: Jo Anne on 7th March 2015 at 10:42

I've learned of Frank Randle through WW mentions - a great photo, Mick, thanks :)

The Open Plaque website has a photo of Frank Randle's commemorative plaque on Blackpool's North Pier, but is awaiting a picture of this one.
You might be able to submit yours here:

Comment by: Owdkewyed on 7th March 2015 at 10:51


this one is on North pier blackpool

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 7th March 2015 at 10:55

See:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Randle
"Frank Randle (born Arthur Hughes, also known as Arthur McEvoy or Arthur Twist; 30 January 1901 - 7 July 1957) was an English comedian. A contemporary of fellow Lancastrians George Formby and Gracie Fields, he was regarded as more subversive, perhaps explaining why the immense popularity he enjoyed during his lifetime has not survived him."
I saw many shows at Wigan Hippodrome and remember Albert Modley (1901, Liverpool - 23 February 1979, Morecambe, a variety entertainer and comedian) but didn`t see Frank Randle.
Extract from Stuff, Memories of Wigan:-
"I remember Frank Randle playing at the Hippodrome.Now he was really funny .He was born on Wigan Road New Springs but lived just off Greenough St for a while.He would find it hard to make a living now because Wigan's full of comedians. boo boo, costa del sandside, uk 10th Aug 2008"
Giovanni; See:- Stuff, Famous Wiganers, Stage and Screen.

Comment by: Anne on 7th March 2015 at 16:24

I thought my memory wasn't playing tricks. Just looked on Google and found he featured in a comic called FILM FUN during the fifties.

Comment by: SANIBELFRED on 7th March 2015 at 17:15


Comment by: joe graney on 7th March 2015 at 17:17

anne happy memories there was a comic called radio fun I think.

Comment by: Mick on 7th March 2015 at 22:05

JoAnne Ive just sent the photo into openplaques.

Comment by: Gerry on 8th March 2015 at 07:17

I was at this unveiling of the plaque at the school opposite cale lane ( now closed) the plaque is still visible from the road. Colin Bean ( private Sponge from dads army) along with two children who were direct descendants of Frank Randle pulled the ribbon to unveil it, the children, were also related to Sean Long the rugby player so I suppose he is related to Frank Randle too!

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 9th March 2015 at 20:37

Nobody mentioned George Formby Thought he was born in Wigan??

Comment by: Giovanni on 23rd March 2015 at 10:41

He was JeanF
Do you know that his stage name FORMBY came when he saw a coal train go past with the destination FORMBY on the side!

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