Mr. Punch at the Seaside
Yesterday & Today
Here are some pictures of seaside Punchmen of the past, and also some who are still performing on beach and promenade today.
Click to enlarge this 2003 Weston Super Mare poster
advertising Punch shows throughout the summer.
Prof. Mark Poulton appeared on Goodrington Sands, Paignton, Devon.
1. Goodrington Sands 1989 .. 2. Weston Super Mare 1990
3. Lusty Glaze Beach, Cornwall .. 4. Goodrington Sands 1999
1. Teignmouth Beach 2002
2. Goodrington Sands 2002 (with TV presenter Bradley Walsh)
Prof. Basil (Punchman, author and theatrical historian Michael Byrom) at Paignton 1981
Mr. Bimbamboozle (Chris Somerville) on the seafront at Llanfairfechan, North Wales.
Professor Paul Bruce was for many years the resident punchman at Swanage,
following veteran Punchman Jock Armitage.
He was followed by a lady Punch Professor, Wendy Wharham.
The late Sergeant Stone provided Punch at Brighton
The late Prof. Guy Higgins at Weymouth Sands, Dorset. The tradition is continued by Prof. Mark Poulton.
Prof. John Alexander performed at Broadstairs, Kent. Click the picture to go to his own website.
Prof. Jingles(Bryan Clarke) appeared at Lowestoft. Bryan is still active and is the leading maker of Punch & Judy puppets for professors who do not make their own.
Prof. Davey appears at Lyme Regis. He also makes puppets and equipment for fellow puppeteers.
(A) shows a young Mark Poulton outside Prof. Guy Higgins' booth in circa 1975.
(B) shows Rod Burnett's show at Weston-Super-Mare, 1988.
(C) shows Mark Poulton and Guy Higgins outside the Higgins' booth at Wemouth, September 1999.
Mark Poulton once again, with Prof. Guy Higgins, Weymouth 2001
And here are some Rhyl cards from the wonderful Geoff Felix Archive
Punch on Rhyl Promenade in 1910
Punch on Rhyl Promenade in 1919
Punch on Rhyl Promenade in 1929
Punch on Rhyl Promenade circa 1970
Prof Ted Green's Punch Show in its familar clocktower site. Circa 1982
Almost identical to the previous picture - by rival postcard company. Circa 1982
If you know a punch performer appearing on a seaside beach, pier or promenade site please encourage them to send their details for inclusion on this site. If they are on the web then they should initially email webmaster Chris Somerville firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise they can write to Chris Somerville, Harlequin Puppet Theatre, Rhos-on-Sea, Colwyn Bay, North Wales LL28 4EP, UK.
AND NOW SOME SEASIDE PICTURES OF A BYGONE ERAClick this small picture to enlarge. Prof Smith on Margate Sands, 1895. Postcard courtesy of Prof Mark Poulton.
AND THESE FROM THE GEOFF FELIX ARCHIVE
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