Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Do You Remember ?

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Do You Remember ?

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ANYONE who remembers radio programmes in the 1950s and 60s will instantly recall the catchphrases of Broughton comic Al Read.

'You'll be lucky - I say, you'll be lucky!' and 'Right, Monkey!' were two of his most familiar. They figured every week on the hugely popular Al Read Show which attracted an audience of around 35 million.

Read was born in Broughton, Salford, in March 1909. He started working as a sausage maker in his father's business but honed his act in clubs and as an after-dinner speaker.

His grandfather was the first butcher in Britain to pack meat in tins, so the young Read had to turn his back on a family tradition when his big break came in 1953.

A BBC radio producer watching Read entertain diners at the Queen's Hotel, Manchester, was so impressed that he invited him to appear on the show Variety Fanfare. …

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