Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Do You Remember ?

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Do You Remember ?

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CUDDLY puppet Lenny the Lion, operated by Oldham ventriloquist Terry Hall, was once a far more fearsome cat than the bashful beast we remember now. Famous throughout the 1950s and 60s, the friendly lion once sported a set of teeth which singer Anne Shelton described as far too scary for young children. So Hall softened the puppet's appearance and came up with Lenny's famous catchphrase: "Aw, don't embawass me!" ¦ Hall was born in Chadderton in November 1926 and attended St Patrick's School in Oldham and De La Salle College in Pendleton. ¦ He won his first talent show at the age of 15 with a boy dummy called Mickey Finn.

¦ Lenny the Lion was created in 1954 after Hall visited Blackpool Zoo during a summer season at the seaside town. ¦ After first appearing on BBC TV in 1956 on the variety show Dress Rehearsal, Hall presented his own programme The Lenny the Lion Show from 1957 to 1960. …

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