Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

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Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Marty Feldman

On the 2nd December 1982 Marty Feldman a true comic genius tragically died. Reading through the Margate Historical Society archive there is a account of him working as a washer-upper in the Galleon Bar , Margate in 1951. From there he worked in a couple of sideshow in the Dreamland Park firstly as a "real" Red Indian, arms folded,buckskin clad with brown make up assisting a "real" red Indian Chief who was dancing bare feet on broken glass. He also assisted illusionist Blondini who performed an escape from a "real" buried coffin, and then went on to run the rifle range at the Lido. He lived in Margate for 18 months.
By 1954 he had teamed up with another comic genius Barry Took to write scripts for television and radio. including the legendry "Round the Horn".
For reference Margate Historical Society Volume 10 number 3 article by Mick Twyman.
Great stuff.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

does anyone remember his "lightning tours" comedy sketch? It clearly shows the jetty and dates from about 1968 or 1969.

Tony Beachcomber said...

Ring Mick Twyman 01843227574 he will know.

Anonymous said...

no need to ring him, i've got the best of marty feldman d.v.d & its on there!! Slow the frames down & u can see the amusements on the front of the jetty.thanks any way