Tony Warren :Bawdy but British the life of Douglas Byng

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Sunday 17 July 2pm ST NICHOLAS CHURCH

By Adam Jones

Kemptown resident Douglas Byng (1893–1987) was a star of stage, screen, radio, television and records. He was internationally famous as a cabaret artiste and was once the highest paid nightclub act in the world. He attracted accolades from his peers – Noel Coward called his act ‘the most refined vulgarity in London’ and John Betjeman described him as ‘a too little regarded genius’. He was adored by everyone: from royalty (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was a fan) to Terence Rattigan (an intimate friend) and drag acts such as Danny La Rue. Byng was eight years old when he told his mother of his intention to go on stage and gave his final performance at the National Theatre just eight months before his death aged 93. A sophisticated performer, Byng wrote most of his own material including such outrageous ballads as ‘I'm Millie, a Messy Old Mermaid’ and ‘I'm a Mummy (an Old Egyptian Queen)’. Towards the end of his life one of his closest friends was Tony Warren (‘a talented young friend, who invented Coronation Street’ Byng wrote in his autobiography). Fresh from the excitement of Corrie’s 50th anniversary in 2010 Tony Warren reminisces about his friendship with a truly glittering star.

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