Monday 18 July 2016

Carrying On with British Pathe - at Tommy Steele's Wedding!


Some more wonderful old British Pathe newsreel footage has appeared on the interweb and I feel that it's my duty to share some of these gems with you! Right up until the mid-1960s, British Pathe presented regular short films and features on a wide range of subjects, promoting businesses, the best of British events and updating cinema-goers on the latest news from both near and far.

A good many of these brilliant shorts featured some very familiar faces from the world of British comedy and in particular, the Carry On films. I have tracked down a fair few and plan to share them in a series of blogs. They present a fantastic glimpse back into possibly simpler times, to a Britain that probably no longer exists and gives a precious, fleeting glance at some of our comedy heroes still on duty but away from the familiarity of Pinewood. 

Today we're going back to all the way to 1960 and to relive one of the biggest celebrity weddings of the year. Singer and actor Tommy Steele married his wife Ann that year at St Peter's Church in Soho Square, London. And there were plenty of famous faces amongst the wedding party! Look out for Carry On leading man Sid James with his wife Valerie. By 1960 Sid was a massive star thanks to his association with Tony Hancock. When this wedding took place Sid had just starred in his first Carry On, Constable. Also in attendance is the lovely Hattie Jacques, together with her then husband John Le Mesurier. 

When your wedding guest list includes Sid, Hattie, Eric Sykes and Jimmy Edwards, you must be doing something right! 


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