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The Spike Golden Jubilee Number May 1949



Split my bowsprit, yes mum, I was of that crew!
(Hey but I'm salty, billow, billow baily!)
Me and Cook was pals, mum, just as thick as glue;
(Hey billow, baily oh!)
You should see the gals, mum, smiling at us pals, mum,
(Hey billow, baily, oh!)
etc., etc.

(Apparently the Fresh Food and Ice Co. have found other methods of bringing their goods before the public as Myrtle Grove Cigarettes appear to have taken their place on the front cover.)

In travelling on to 1911, it appears that the same names are in the programme year after year, as now. In 1911 the show is now full length. Part 1 of the programme having died a well deserved death. In Reform or The Metamorphosis of the Evoluters we note:

Herlock Sholmes A. E. Caddick
Queen Elizabeth E. M. Litchfield
Harem Skirt Girl L. P. Leary
Thomas de la Huntaire P. B. Broad

In 1911 another change has taken place. The Extravaganza (yes, it really was called an Extrav. that year) has moved to the Concert Chamber of the Town Hall (Heaven help the stage manager). Also the odd types which haunt the back-stage are appearing—the properties manager and the stage manager.

Now, strangely enough, in 1912, Part 1 of the early programmes is resurrected, and again we are entertained with violin solos, glees and the rest. The main show was Wumpty Dumpty with a distinguished cast featuring Messrs Caddick, Hall-Jones and Sievwright.