Max Bygraves Christmas special.

John trott.


Hi all, Many of us remember the Max Bygraves 'Christmas Special' in which Parkstone Boys appeared with Max on the TV.

On the 2 October 1961, Max Bygraves also appeared on; 'This is Your Life'. Max Bygraves was rehearsing for a new show at London's Prince of Wales Theatre. As those who remember the; 'This is Your Life' shows, the compare was Eamonn Andrews, who successfully 'surprised' Max during a rehearsal. As was usual Max was then whipped away to the BBC Studios for 'This is Your Life'.

The Guest List shows a number of surprising invitees ….. and this may jog a memory or two ….. in helping  any who can remember the; This Is Your Life episode.

As well as Max's Mum & Dad and Max's wife 'Blossom' and their children, there was….  Bessie Braddock the fiery Liverpool, Labour MP,….. Val Parnell, the famous London Theatrical Impresario who produced Sunday Night At the London Palladium, where Max frequently appeared,  the Band Leader Joe Loss,  the Comedian Eric Sykes……..  a Pantomine Duck called 'Pricella' ……..  and more importantly a number of boys from Parkstone Sea Training School !!

There are some dozen photo's of the show released by the BBC ….. and there is a viewable clip on; 'Youtube' (see: …. its worth a look … where you can see quite a number of Parkstone boys on the show, singing in the  Max Bygraves song; Gilly Gilly by the Sea.

Can anyone remember this episode of  Max Bygraves … 'This is Your Life … and who appeared on the show?

 Kind regards to all, John Trott, Arranmore.