Castle Bytham man’s plan to set up George Formby society

Banjolele player Chris Wright, who has joined the George Formby society is looking to set up a Lincolnshire division
Banjolele player Chris Wright, who has joined the George Formby society is looking to set up a Lincolnshire division

A George Formby fan is hoping to set up a Lincolnshire branch of a society set up in honour of the famous Lancashire comedy actor and singer.

Chris Wright, 61, of Glen Road, Castle Bytham was inspired to seek out a couple of old family heirloom banjoleles from his loft after watching a recent TV documentary on the musician.

A banjolele is a four stringed instrument with a small banjo-type body and a ukulele neck.

After teaching himself to play by watching YouTube tutorials, the self -employed radio communications expert attended the national convention of the George Formby Society at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool in March where about 400 fans came together.

Chris said: “There are different branches in most counties but none locally.

“I want to organise a local meeting, to get together and have a sing song and a mutual sharing of skills.

“I think there is a real interest out there and it’s always nice to be able to share your interests.”

Anyone interest in joining Chris forming a local George Formby group should contact him via e-mail on csw@walkietalkie.co.uk