Former Bridlington Mayor Brenda Dismore passed away last year, and Bridlington Spa is organising a tribute, to take place on Friday 17 September which will give locals a chance to remember a golden era in entertainment.
As well as being elected Mayor in 1975, Brenda was Chairman of Tourism in the 1970s and 80s, bringing many stars to the town to perform at the iconic venue. They included all-time greats such as Morecambe and Wise, Frankie Howerd, Des O'Connor, Bob Monkhouse, Larry Grayson, Freddie Starr, Mike Yarwood and local favourites Cannon and Ball.
Bridlington residents with long memories will also remember Brenda performing at Bridlington Spa in both the Royal Hall and Theatre many times in the 1950s and 60s, often in shows with her husband Ian, who tragically died in 1966. Ian, who was Deputy Mayor, was inspecting the roof of a swimming pool in Doncaster when he fell and subsequently passed away. Ian's passion was to create a swimming pool in Bridlington and that came to pass with Brenda's help after he died.
Bridlington Spa in collaboration with Brenda's sons, will be showing a framed display and memorabilia of programmes, posters and paraphernalia from this golden era of entertainment. There will also be a separate tribute to Brenda outside of the Theatre.
Mark Lonsdale, General Manager, Bridlington Spa said, "History and heritage is incredibly important to us at Bridlington Spa and when talks started with Julian regarding a permanent tribute to Brenda we were delighted to be able to help celebrate her legacy."
Julian Dismore said "I am very grateful to the Bridlington Spa Management team for arranging this tribute to my mum - the theatre will always have a place in our family's hearts. Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around the venue - watching August's Miniature Circus, mum taking me to meet showbiz stars like Cannon and Ball, Mike Yarwood and Frankie Howard, getting a kiss off Dana - and of course shouting at the wrestlers!
"This event will be an opportunity to remember a golden age in entertainment, to celebrate my mum's role in putting Bridlington on the showbiz map and to reflect on how Bridlington Spa always overcomes adversity to give pleasure to packed audiences, year in, year out."
Another of Brenda's sons, former MP Andrew Dismore said "It is great that my mother's important contribution over decades at Bridlington Spa is being recognised, both for her time as an occasional entertainer in her younger years to her work on the Council bringing top acts to Bridlington like Morecambe and Wise at the height of their fame. I well remember meeting them with her. This event is a real acknowledgment of her dedication to the town".
All are welcome to attend Bridlington Spa on Friday 17 September at 4pm in the main entrance.