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MAJOR EVENTS IN 2016

CONVENTION WEEKEND 2016
18th. to 19th. November

LADIES NIGHT POSTER

Friday November 18th. was Ladies Night


Gerry Oxley presented selected Film Clips of ladies in variety including Eartha Kitt, Beryl Formby, Jill Summers, Joan Collins, Ethel Merman, Kitty McShane, Joan Turner, Sophie Tucker and many more.

It was a special night for a special lady, our very own committee member Josephine Blake who, much to her surprise, was made an honorary member of the Max Miller Appreciation Society.

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18th. Annual Dinner/Cabaret on Saturday in the Regency Room  at the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton

After a delicious dinner it was cabaret time. Mick Toner, Honorary Member of the MMAS was the MC.


Our special guest the Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Brighton & Hove Councillor Pete West gave a short speech and took photos, see below.


The cabaret opened with Brian Carter on the piano. The Three Maxes followed singing Miller songs.


Mickie Driver certainly got the show off the ground by singing those great hits loved during Max Miller’s era. Mickie then introduced the legendary Julia Sutton who sang some of the great standards.

CABARET PHOTO

DORA BRYAN BLUE PLAQUE UNVEILING
5th. March, 2016


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The MMAS honoured Dora Bryan by erecting a blue commemorative plaque on her former home: Clarges Mansions in 117-119 Marine Parade, Brighton.

The plaque was unveiled by president of the Society Roy Hudd at noon on Saturday, 5th. March. The ceremony was witnessed by a large crowd and, in addition to Roy Hudd, speeches were made by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove Cllr. Lynda Hyde, Wyn Calvin, Michael Aspel, Andrew Robley, Steve Hewlett accompanied by ‘Simon Cowell’ alongside him.

Invited guests adjourned to the Bristol Pub where food was provided for free by the landlords. A painting of Dora Bryan was auctioned. The lucky bidder presented the painting to the pub where it now hangs. The plaque was funded by donations and all money left over was given to the Alzheimer’s Society.

THE MAYOR


LAST YEAR

2016 was a very good year for The Max Miller Appreciation Society. Other than the bi-monthly meetings at the Royal Albion Hotel, there were the unveiling of the Dora Bryan blue plaque, the annual cheeky chappie charity garden/tea party in the Royal Pavilion grounds and the convention weekend in November.

Our long standing committee member Jo Blake was made an honorary member of the Society at the November meeting.

The Max Miller exhibition at Bardsley’s Restaurant has been moved to the main room in the restaurant (see Memorabilia/museum page)

The Cinema by the Sea in the Grange Museum in Rottingdean which features Max has been extended into the Spring 2017.

FORTHCOMING ATTRACTIONS

Wednesday,
26-April

2:30 pm

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne: visit by MMAS members to the matinee performance to see Roy Hudd & Nichola McAuliffe in a new play Waiting for God.

Thursday,
25-May

7 pm

Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton: An Evening of Magic, Mirth & Memories. John Henty introduces LEONARDO - Maestro Magician - UP TO HIS OLD TRICKS AGAIN!! John will be relating his own magic memories before interviewing our much travelled guest who is a regular at the Brighton Festival and similar events across the country.  After an interval, LEONARDO takes over ... and John Vanishes.  MAGIC !!

Saturday,
3-June

10:30 am - 7pm

Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne: British Music Hall Society’s Day by the Sea, an all-day celebration of the worlds of music hall and variety with Music - Comedy - Song - Interviews - Archive Film Footage.

14-June

2:30 pm

CHARITY
EVENT

Wednesday afternoon on the Brighton Palace Pier: John Henty remembers the amazing night SPIKE MILLIGAN did stand-up comedy on the pier.  We hear the actual performance and, as a bonus, there's film of SPIKE, PETER SELLERS and HARRY SECOMBE also on the pier in one of their earliest movies.  Rare footage and rare entertainment.

21-June

2:30 pm

CHARITY
EVENT

Wednesday afternoons on the Brighton Palace Pier: THEY APPEARED ON THE PIER. A potted peek at the history of the Palace Pier Theatre and the performers and personalities who performed there using slides of photos and posters from the pier’s own archives. Plus a recreation of the very last production before its dramatic closure. Music Hall At The Palace. Using vintage film clips of Sandy Powell and Elsie and Doris Waters and other Variety veterans who shared the bill.

28-June
2:30 PM

CHARITY
EVENT

Wednesday afternoons on the Brighton Palace Pier: CHAPPIE HOUR !!  We celebrate our Society's special relationship with Brighton's Palace Pier by remembering MAX in words and music.  One or two surprises as well plus guests.

Sunday,
13-Aug.

Annual Cheeky Chappie ChariTEA Party in the Royal Pavilion Grounds

Sunday,
27-Aug.

Sir Ken Dodd’s Happiness Show at the Theatre Royal, Brighton

Thursday,
26-Sep.

Royal Albion Hotel members meeting; speaker TBA

Sunday,

19-Nov

Film show and AGM followed by the 18th Annual Dinner/Cabaret.


Cinema by the Sea, is a major new exhibition which opened on the 12th. December, 2015 at The Grange Art Gallery & Museum, Rottingdean celebrating the golden age of British Cinema.

The exhibition focuses on how Brighton and the Sussex coast has featured in numerous classic cinema films that were filmed on location and on stars who lived in Sussex. Max is prominent and displayed are film memorabilia pertaining to Max.
Further details CLICK HERE