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Billy Kay, Former Chief Electrician at Leeds Grand Theatre


Billy Kay, Former Chief Electrician at Leeds Grand Theatre
Description:
1969. Image shows a bowler-hatted and suited gentleman waiting at a bus stop in Harehills. He is Billy Kay, former chief electrician at Leeds Grand Theatre. Prior to that he had worked at the Empire Theatre until its closure in 1961. He was known for his smart attire and always, as seen here, wore a rose in his button-hole. The photograph was taken in Roundhay Road.

User Comments:

Name:
Sid Cohen

Comment:
I worked as stage electrician at Grand Theatre in 1960s. Billy Kay was in charge ofall stage lighting for pantomimes -Little Jimmy Clitheroe and Morcambe and Wise etc. He was a real polite gentleman to work with.Sad loss when he died.

Date:
26-Sep-2012

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
I would imagine that by 1969, Mr. Kay was one of a 'dying breed'. People in authority still dressed smartly, but the flower in the button-hole as an 'everyday thing' was by then, a fast fading tradition. This reminds me of another very common tradition that held, as I seem to recall, well into the 1950's. Back then, pay for the working man was not good, and most men had to wait until pay-day (which was usually Friday), before they ventured out to their local pub. or club. When they did this, many (especially the older generation), would wear a carnation, usually white (if my memory serves), in their buttonhole.

Date:
26-Sep-2012

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Graham Ingram

Comment:
I was Billy's final deputy at the Grand prior to his forced retirement due to ill health. During his periods of illness I went to visit him at his flat in North Lane which he'd shared with his beloved mother. I loved this man and he still holds a place in my heart. God bless you F.W.S.P. Kay. I'm proud to have known you well.

Date:
01-Mar-2013

Email:
gndingram@hotmail.co.uk

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