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About Harry Tate


Harry Tate - From a 30's press clipping -  Signed by himselfTate, Harry (1872-1940), a comedian of the music-halls, best remembered for his series of sketches on Golfing, Motoring, Fishing, and so on. He made his first appearance at the Oxford in 1895, though he had previously done a good deal of work as an entertainer at concerts.

Right - Harry Tate from a 1930's press clipping and signed by himself.

Harry Tate - Courtesy Gareth PriceHe took his stage name from the firm of Henry Tate & Sons, Sugar Refiners, by whom he was at one time employed, his real name being Ronald Macdonald Hutchison. He appeared in the earliest revues at the London Hippodrome, but returned to the music-halls, and in 1935 played the King in The Sleeping Beauty pantomime, in which Nellie Wallace appeared as the Witch.

Left - Harry Tate - Courtesy Gareth Price.

Above text from 'The Oxford Companion to Theatre 1957.'

Harry Lloyd, Arthur Lloyd's son, often produced the posters for Harry Tate.

I am told that Harry Tate is in the parish registers of St Mary's Northolt. He was buried on the 18th of February 1940. He had been living at 42 Court Farm Rd, Northolt but died at springfield hospital SW17 - Info courtesy Dawn Trafford.

Tommy Finnigan and his famous broadcasting band.

Above - Tommy Finnigan and his famous broadcasting band. From a Press clipping stuck to back of the Harry Tate photo shown top of page, stating that the event was a Variety bill spectacular at the Tivoli Theatre New Brighton, with many of the famous acts from dance and Vaudeville in attendance.

A visitor to the site, John Finnigan, Tommy Finnigan's nephew, has recently sent in some details for his uncle, (shown above) he writes: "He started playing music at an early age and was able to play several instruments before forming his band. The band had a regular date at the Rialto ballroom in Liverpool, also playing in Manchester for a season and London. He had a weekly column in the Liverpool Echo explaining the different types of music and dancing they played in order to satisfy the regular dancers and how important it was. The information about his Rialto days is in a book called 'Lets go dancing, dance band memories of 1930's Liverpool.' Tommy also broadcast on the BBC." Courtesy John Finnigan.

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