Earlier this year I attended an exhibition held at ‘Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre’ Lincolnshire, about the life of Freddie Frinton. Freddie Frinton was born on January 17th, 1909 in Grimsby, England, named at birth Frederick Bittiner Coo. Freddie was a variety and music hall star, as well as a television actor and writer. In 1963, his show ‘Dinner For One’, which he had first performed in Blackpool, was recorded by a German television station and subsequently has become a German tradition to watch every year, in those countries, on ‘New Years Eve’. In 1964, at the age of 55, Freddie played the plumber husband of beloved UK actress Thora Hird in the television sitcom ‘Meet The Wife’. He sadly died on October 16th, 1968 in London, England aged 59. I had found out a little about Freddie when I attended the ‘The Empire Theatre’ Open Day and this extended glimpse of history into variety theatre was intriguing and very interesting as I love variety theatre. The people that put together this exhibition obviously worked very hard and hopefully this exhibition will be kept together and displayed again.
The Grimsby Heritage Centre is always worth a visit and is suitable for all ages. As with any where at the moment if you are considering a visit then please contact the centre and check on opening times and restrictions before making the journey. Hopefully it wont be long until exhibitions such as the Freddie Frinton exhibition can be displayed and enjoyed again.
Do you know anything about Freddie Frinton? Is there a certain era of theatre that you are interested in? Have you seen the comedy ‘Dinner For One’ ? . I wonder why Germany, in particular. took it to become the New Years Eve classic it has become there? Do you have a New Year classic watch? My family, whilst I was growing up. was always the Hogmany with Andy Stewart and then a musical on after midnight on the BBC. Love to know yours.
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