Special tribute to much-loved comic song duo

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Flanders and Swann SUS-150413-111350001

The comedy duo of Flanders and Swann, famous among others for the song ‘Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud’ will be fondly recalled at an evening of entertainment at St Peter’s Church, Belgrave Road, Seaford, on Friday, April 24.

The brothers Nick and Simon Hancock will perform a selection of the numbers by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, who had two long-running shows in the West End and abroad.

Their songs were highly popular for their wit, gentle satire and clever rhymes, and also included ‘The Gnu’, the seduction ballad ‘Have Some Madeira M’Dear’, and their tribute to a London bus, ‘Transport of Delight’.

This tribute show is at 7.30pm, and is open to all. Admission £7, pay on the door.

The actor and singer Michael Flanders (1922–1975) and the composer, pianist and linguist Donald Swann (1923–1994) collaborated in writing and performing comic songs. They first worked together at a school revue in 1939 and eventually wrote more than 100 comic songs together.

Between 1956 and 1967, Flanders and Swann performed some of their songs, interspersed with comic monologues, in their long-running two-man revues At the Drop of a Hat and At the Drop of Another Hat, which they toured in Britain and abroad. Both revues were recorded in concert, and the duo also made several studio-based recordings.

Elsewhere, the multi-award-winning Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors are presenting Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid Jnr’ at The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, today (Friday), tomorrow and Sunday. Featuring some magical songs including ‘Part of Your World’, ‘Under The Sea’ and ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’, this colourful production promises to delight all ages.