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Billy Kay, Former Chief Electrician at Leeds Grand Theatre

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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 i 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.

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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

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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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