Tuesday, 5 April 2016

#plaque366 Bud Flanagan

April 2016 is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 

The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

DROP ME A LINE or leave a comment below if you'd like to nominate a plaque for inclusion in the series

Commemorating… Bud Flanagan, Hanbury Street E1

We at London Walks often find ourselves in this part of town telling the Jack the Ripper tale, or digging into the ancestry of the French Huegenots, or Jewish London or staring into the abyss with Jack London.

Yet Spitalfields also gave us a voice beloved of two (getting on for three) generations of British TV viewers.

Bud Flanagan was an English music hall entertainer born Chaim Reuben Weintrop – his family were Polish Jews – famed for his Crazy Gang performances at the Victoria Palace Theatre. His double act partner and fellow Crazy Gang member was Chesney Allen and, as Flanagan and Allen, they had many wartime hit songs, including Run Rabbit, Run and We're Gonna Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line.

Flanagan died in 1968 and was cremated at Golders Green, north London. His last job was the one for which he remains most beloved – as the singer of the Dad’s Army theme tune Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mister Hitler? And he nailed it in one take. 

P.S. I'll be returning to Flanagan & Allen soon in compiling The Big London Playlist - see below

Here's how to find the plaque…

With the launch of The Rolling Stones Walk on the 5th May 2016 and the return of the Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk on Wednesday nights from the 4th May 2016 the London Walks summer programme 2016 will feature no less than FIVE regular musical-themed walking tours.

To mark the occasion, April is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!

A month of plaques, locations, facts, reviews and more lies ahead. And I'm compiling the Ultimate London Playlist – get in touch with your favourite London song or piece!

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.

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