Cheeky Chappie to be remembered

Rouser 2012
Rouser 2012
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JOHN Henty, one of the original presenters of Radio Brighton in 1968, presents the story of the life and times of a wonderful comedian on October 2 at Newhaven’s Hillcrest Centre.

Thomas Henry Sargent, better known by the stage name Max Miller, the Cheeky Chappie, was a Brighton-born and bred comedian who was top of the bill in variety in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

He made films, toured in revues and music hall, and sang and recorded songs. He was known for his flamboyant suits, his wicked charm, and his risqué jokes, which often got him into trouble with the censors.

He also liked Lewes a great deal, having a strange fascination with the Assizes and watching the trials.

Max appeared officially in Lewes twice - see picture - in 1940, once at the Cinema de Luxe and the other time at the Odeon.

Guests are welcome at John’s lecture, admission £2.00. Enquiries: Tony Helyar 01273 515404 (Newhaven Historical Society).