Thursday, March 13, 2008
Ray Alan and Lord Charles - Greenwich ventriloquist
A child growing up from the 1960s to the 1980s on a diet of British TV would certainly have been haunted by the slightly sinister figure of Lord Charles and his ventriloquist handler, Ray Alan. Alan was born in Greenwich in 1930 and went to Morden Terrace School in Lewisham. He started out as a teenager performing at the Lewisham Hippodrome Theatre and Woolwich Empire, later touring with Laurel and Hardy. Apparently he is still going strong.