Max Bygraves’ Falkirk connection

The Roxy Theatre held a special place in Max Bygraves heart
The Roxy Theatre held a special place in Max Bygraves heart

The recent announcement that performer Max Bygraves had passed away reminded Daniel Green of the time see saw the funnyman in Falkirk.

Daniel, from Larbert, 
said: “When I heard about Max Bygraves’ death it came to mind that the Roxy in Silver Row, Falkirk, had been important enough to Max that he had to see it one last time before it disappeared forever.

“The theatre where he first performed for a fee of £5.10 for three nights in 1943 was his first step in a career that led to records, films and television.

In the 1950’s, when he returned for a visit, there were not too many stars visiting Falkirk and Max created quite a stir. Many of us went from Comely Primary School to see the famous man during our lunchtime break.”

Max, whose catchphrase was ‘I wanna tell you a story’ went on to play Charley Moon in the film of the same name and presented ‘Family Fortunes’ in the 1980s. He was awarded an OBE from HM The Queen in 1982 and was one of Britain’s best loved comics and variety performers. He passed away last week aged 89.

Daniel continued: “All the buildings in Silver Row were demolished to make room for a hotel and shopping centre and now Callendar Square shopping centre stands on the site.

“I thought Falkirk Herald readers would be interested in how much the Roxy Theatre meant to Max.”