Staffordshire's Harry Lauder Concert Party, Stowe,

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Description:Wilmot Martin was a farmer who was born near Bridgeford in 1874. He finally settled in Hixon. He was known locally as 'Staffordshire's Harry Lauder' due to his charity fund raising concerts, where he impersonated the popular Scottish comedian and singer Sir Harry Lauder. These concerts began during the First World War, originally to raise funds for Belgium refugees.

He was supported by his concert party, nicknamed the 'Old Contemptibles'. The group would have their photograph taken at the end of every season, which ran from September to May to accommodate his farm work and harvesting.

To the right of Mr Martin are his two daughters, Gladys and Edith.

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Donor ref:P82.037.0001 (18/1205)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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