The Eight Lancashire Lads

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The Eight Lancashire Lads was a troupe of young male clog dancers who toured the music halls of Great Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Founders[edit]

They were founded by Bill Cawley and J.W. (William) Jackson (1863–1940) of Wigan, Lancashire. As they became more successful, they recruited other members such as Charlie Chaplin, who got his first professional break with them at the age of ten.

Former members[edit]

  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Nat Jackley[1][2]
  • Brothers Richard, Eric and Clem White went to Sydney, Australia in the 1910s and formed theatre companies including Edgley and Dawe. They had changed their names from White[clarification needed] and the successful Australian theatrical empressarion Michael Edgley is descended from Eric Edgley. His brother, Richard White was for a period the choreographer of the female chorus at the Tivoli revue theatre in Sydney. Michael White (aka Wijaya) an exotic dancer and humorist, who has been resident in Bali since 1973, is Richard White's grandson.[citation needed]
  • Percy Joshua Norman (Pip) was also one the lads. He was in the troupe c. 1921. His wife Pat Norman is now 91 (as of 16 March 2013) and living in Bradford. Also his son Chris Norman was in the band Smokie who had a lots of hits all over the world in the 1970s. Chris has had a solo career since the 1980s and is still touring and recording,[when?] he resides in the Isle of Man with his wife and family.
  • Gabriel Winestein was another of the lads. Born in Leeds, Gabriel joined the troupe in about 1905.

Records[edit]

The book 'CHAPLIN Stage by Stage' (ISBN 978-0-9521308-1-9) by A.J Marriot, lists all of the Eight Lancashire Lads performances which featured Charlie Chaplin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bring on those Wonderful Dames!". It's Behind You. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  2. ^ "Manchunian Film Studio - The Stars". it's a hot'un. Retrieved 2009-03-11.