Ernest Binns  (I705)
Surname: Binns
Given Names: Ernest

Gender: Male Male

Birth: June 1887 Bradford, Yorkshire
Death: 9 August 1952 Morecambe, Lancs

Personal Facts and Details
Birth June 1887 Father39Mother38 Bradford, Yorkshire

Marriage 13 August 1913 (Age 26) Miriam Askey - Bradford, Yorks

Universal Identifier C4EAE562D33DDC119DA50080C8F88E575990
Death 9 August 1952 (Age 65) Morecambe, Lancs

Last Change 16 May 2020 - 05:36:59 - by: binnsadmin


[1970 The Northern Music Hall by C. J. Mellor: Max Miller was born in 1895 and found he could make audiences laugh whilst serving with the troops in India during the First War. Upon return Ernest Binns, the Northern impresario, gave him a break at the old Lidget Green Pavillion in Bradford in 1921 and a year later at the Shay Gardens in Halifax as a pierrot. Ernest Binns treasured a silver cigarette case given him by Max years later, as a memento of that early booking, for which the comic was paid a modest £5 a week and ‘shares’!
No mention of Bradford would be complete without reference to Albert Modley, one of the greatest little comedians the North has produced…….Ernest Binns, who ran concert parties throughout the North, heard him, liked him, and took him to Morecambe for a season in 1930.]
1891 Census son age 3
1901 Census son age 13, bobbin pegging for weavers.
1911 Census at 32 Filbert Street, Otley Road, Bradford, unmarried son age 23, weaving overlooker at coating mill.
1916 Military Record: No 52252 Ernest Binns, born 1886, enlisted 21 Dec 1916 age 29 years 8 months for duration. Entered RFC 12 Dec 1916, entered RAF 1 Apr 1918. Civilian occupation, music hall artist. Married 13 Aug 1913 in Bradford, next of kin Miriam Binns of 75 Southampton Street, Arly Road, Bradford; height 5 ft 4 in; transferred to reserve 5 Mar 1919, discharged 30 Apr 1920; casualty card destroyed, no entry; Enlisted 3/AM 21 Dec 1916; appointed 2/AM 8 Jun 1917; appointed 1/AM 1 Dec 1917; transferred to RAF AM/1 1 Apr 1918; promoted corporal mechanic 1 Jun 1918; appointed acting sergeant mechanic 1 Aug 1918
1932 Oct 5 Hull Daily Mail: The relays of concert parties from seaside resorts are drawing to a close and the Arcadian Follies will be heard for the last time this season from the Victoria Pier, Blackpool. Under the direction of Ernest Binns, this happy band of artists has amused and entertained thousands of holiday-makers throughout the season, and this will be the third time that Northern listeners have heard them. Includes Albert Modley and Harry Korris.
1933 Sep 23 Dundee Courier: North Regional Radio: Arcadian Follies. Ernest Binns, (entertainer)
1933 Oct 14 Derby Daily Telegraph: Northern Regional Radio; The Arcadian Follies directed by Ernest Binns with Harry Korris; Albert Modley etc. from the South Pier, Blackpool
1934 Apr 5 Derby Daily Telegraph: North Regional Radio; The Arcadian Follies arranged by Ernest Binns
1937 Jan 1 Hull Daily Mail: Arcadian Follies at the New Alexandra presented by Ernest Binns, photo of Harry Korris
1937 Jan 29 Hull Daily Mail: The New Alexandra Theatre, Ernest Binns presents Aladdin and his wonderful lamp
1937 Dec 6 Grand Theatre Leeds, twice nightly Ernest Binns presents The Famous Blackpool Arcadian Follies, the show sensation of 1937
1939 England and Wales Register: At 1 Coastal Drive, Lancaster, Ernest Binns, born 10 Apr 1887, married theatrical entertainment proprietor
1940 Mar 8 Derby Daily Telegraph: At Grand Theatre, Derby, twice nightly, Ernest Binns presents the famous radio show you have all been waiting for-- The Blackpool Arcadian Follies with Harry Korris
1940 Jul 4 Gloucestershire Echo: BBC Home Service; Marine Follies presented by Ernest Binns
1940 Jul 30 Hull Daily Mail: BBC Broadcast, Arcadian Follies, presented by Ernest Binns from a Northern seaside resort
1942 Lived at 1 Coastal Drive, Hest Bank, Morecambe
Later lived on Broadway and Torrisholme Road, Morecambe
1950/51 Ashton Pavillion Theatre in Lytham St. Annes programme for the winter season with a group are called "The Pageant Players" under Francis Waddell in conjunction with Ernest Binns.
1951 Summer Season; Arcadian Follies at the Arcadian Theatre, Morecambe, lessee Ernest Binns, produced by Jack Elmont under the direction of Ernest Binns, costumes by Mary Horne.
1952 Summer Season: Arcadian Follies at Pier Pavillion, Skegness produced by Ernest Binns
1952 Aug 11 Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Death of the “concert party king”; Ernest Binns, Bradford-born concert-party “king” who brought light entertainment to millions, died in Morecambe Hospital on Saturday, two hours before his “Arcadian Follies” was due to go on stage at the Morecambe Empire.
And in keeping with theatrical tradition, the show went on.
Mr. Binns, who was 65 and who lived in Bare Lane, Morecambe, was the man who brought together “We Three” of the Happidrome radio show- Harry Korris, Robbie Vincent and Cecil Frederick- while comedians Max Miller, Albert Modley, Terry Wilson and Teddy White were among many who owe their early successes to him.
He ran the old Arcadian Pavilion, Lidget Green, Bradford, for some years and made it famous as a centre of light entertainment in the West Riding; Vaudeville Turn, Mr. Binns started his career as a vaudeville turn in a Bradford cine-variety show and his first performance at Morecambe was in 1914. The following year he became manager, producer and director of the Wavelets Concert Party in the Harbour Pavilion, now demolished.
He later served with the Royal Flying Corps and in 1919 opened with a concert party at the Arcadian Pavilion in Bradford. He was also the proprietor of the Arcadian Pavilion at Morecambe, and when this was pulled down he went to the Central Pier, where he staged concert parties for 12 consecutive seasons; Show in nine towns, In 1939 Mr. Binns has shows running in nine different towns at the same time, including Morecambe, Blackpool, Southport, Colwyn Bay, Redcar and Douglas. His concert parties have been broadcast hundreds of times.
Like most men who have given a lifetime to the stage Mr. Binns had his reverses. One occurred when the Morecambe Central Pier was burned down in 1933. Mr. Binns, who was the manager, was away when the fire started and he rushed back to find the pier a mass of twisted metal.
Mr. Binns, who had a great affection for his native city, was an extremely generous man and Wilfred Pickles, with whom he held the joint music-hall rights to “Have a Go,” called him the kindest man he had ever met. Another friend was Max Miller and a treasured gift was a silver cigarette case from Max inscribed “To Ernest- once my guv’nor- now my sincerest friend”
1953 Sep 29 London Gazette: Late of 129 Bare Lane, Morecambe and Heysham, entertainments proprietor. Personal representative Elsie Roberts. Same place Miriam Binns: Late of Bare Lane, Morecambe and Heysham, widow. Personal representative Elsie Roberts.
1953 Jan 12 Probate at Lancaster of Ernest Binns of 129 Bare Lane, Morecambe who died 9 Aug 1952 at Queen Victoria Hospital Morecambe and Heysham to Miriam Binns widow. Effects £14321. Revoked 17 Mar 1953. New grant 12 May 1953
1953 May 12 Probate at Lancaster Administration with Will to John Nape, solicitor and Elsie Roberts, spinster. £13821

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Marriage: 13 August 1913 -- Bradford