Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Our Gracie in Bronze

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Our Gracie in Bronze

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DAME Gracie Fields has been immortalised in bronze in her home town.

Her friend, comedian and actor Roy Hudd, unveiled a statue of the star outside the town hall, scene of many of her return visits to Rochdale. It is believed to be the first statue of a woman to be erected in Greater Manchester for more than 100 years.

Born above a chippy in Molesworth Street in 1898, Gracie went on to become the highest-paid actress in the world in the 1930s and also enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a singer and comedian.

Roy, 80, once shared an agent, Morris Aza, with Gracie and he often visited her on the Italian island of Capri, where she lived for a number of years towards the end of her life before her death in 1979 aged 81. The comedian, actor, radio host and author took a break from filming the next series of Broadchurch, to unveil the statue. …

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