Blue plaque unveiled to Ralph Reader in Denton

THE UNVEILING of a blue plaque to famous Denton resident Ralph Reader attracted almost 200 guests.

Representatives and past cast members from gang shows around the country attended, including towns such as Hastings, Brighton, Chelmsford, Islington, Oxford, Tottenham and Basingstoke.

Even members from the London Gang Shows of the 1950s turned up for the event, which took place on Saturday October 8.

Seahaven district commission Rod Main welcomed the guests to the unveiling, which was carried out by David Clay of the London Gang Show Fellowship, with the help of Sam Hughes from 2nd Denton and South Heighton Scouts.

A reception was held at the church hall after the unveiling.

Cliff Dargonne, who lives in Ralph’s former home, said: “Special thanks go to David Hunt, Brighton Scouter and former Gang Show member, who has put so much effort into arranging for the plaque and for the success of the day.”

Ralph moved to 10 Heighton Road in 1914 and went on to create scout and RAF gang shows, as well as working on Broadway and in the West End and even in RAF intelligence.