STATUE - THE SHOWBIZ
EVENT OF THE YEAR 2005 – IN BRIGHTON !
REPEATED IN 2007, TO CELEBRATE THE RETURN OF THE STATUE IN ITS NEW LOCATION IN NEW ROAD BRIGHTON
1st MAY 2005
Legend, Sir Norman Wisdom, was in Brighton on Sunday, May 1 (MAX DAY)
2005, to participate in the unveiling of a bronze, life-sized statue of the
City’s own ‘Cheeky Chappie’ – comedian MAX MILLER.
Announcing this to members, the President of the Max Miller
Appreciation Society, Roy Hudd OBE, said: “I’m tickled pink ! One
great comic to do the business for a previous one !”
unveiling of the statue took place in New Road, opposite the Theatre Royal at
11:30 am by Sir Norman, Roy Hudd, June Whitfield, George Melly, the Mayor of
Brighton & Hove Pat Drake and MMAS's very own Jo Blake.
the unveiling, Roy Hudd, OBE, President of the Max Miller Appreciation
Society, hosted a celebration luncheon in the Brighton
Corn Exchange. Many
well-known names were present including Sir Norman Wisdom,
June Whitfield, George Melly, Dora Bryan, Geoffrey Hughes, Judy Cornwall,
Christopher Green, Terry Garoghan, Victor Seaforth, Wyn Calvin, Sheila
Matthews, John Bardon,
scriptwriters David Renwick (One Foot in the Grave), Jimmy Perry (Dad's
Army, Hi-Di-Hi), Sir Peter Blake, John Fisher, stars of Coronation Street and EastEnders and numerous local
Sir Norman sang his
signature tune "Don't Laugh at Me 'Cos I'm a Fool" and the
many celebrities reminisced about Max. All this is captured on the DVD
of the ceremony and luncheon.
~ SUNDAY, 12th AUGUST 2007
August 2007 the statue was unveiled in its new position by Ken Dodd,
assisted by Dennis Norden, Michael Aspel and the Mayor of
Brighton & Hove Cllr. Carol Theobald.
In 2006 the Max Miller Statue was removed from New Road and
put into storage for safe keeping whilst pedestrianisation of
New Road proceeded. On completion of these roadworks, Max returned, this
time to a new and better position in the Royal Pavilion Gardens, New
Road opposite the Theatre Royal. He will be in the midst of buttercups
and daisies pointing to a site which was once the Oxford Music Hall.
return was celebrated by a Maxtravaganza, second unveiling/
rededication ceremony on Sunday, 12th August at 3pm.
ceremony, celebrities, members and guests adjourned for tea, cakes
and nibbles in the Max enclosure in the Pavilion Cafe grounds.
TV's Newsreel of event: WATCH
professionally filmed for
the Max Miller Appreciation
Society features the unveiling of the Max Miller statue by
Norman Wisdom on
1st May 2005
and the celebrity luncheon afterwards.
dvd includes wonderful scenes with Norman Wisdom at one of his
last public engagements. See
Norman doing his funny walk
Norman tripping up
Norman meeting Pat Drake the Mayor of Brighton & Hove and
Norman resting his head on the Mayor’s bosom
Norman singing Don’t
Laugh At Me to the waiting crowd
Norman picking his nose
Norman unveiling the statue ably abetted by Roy Hudd, June
Whitfield, George Melly, the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Her
Consort and Jo Blake of the Max
Miller Appreciation Society
Norman laughing as only he can. His laugh is infectious and
soon the large crowd joins in to laugh with him.
Norman dancing with June Whitfield
Norman telling the interviewer about the time he worked at
where he met Max Miller for the first time and the
encouragement he received.
Norman signing autographs. It’s really
Norman mounting the stage and singing Don’t
Laugh at Me to piano accompaniment at the luncheon in
front of many celebrities and members.
Norman following his signature song by singing a beautiful new comic song never
This unique dvd, professionally filmed and edited by Surreal Productions, was specially commissioned by the Max
Miller Appreciation Society and can only be obtained from the
time: 1 hour 49 minutes
postage & packing
LET THERE BE
MURRAY, THE PUB LANDLORD LIGHTS UP THE STATUE
At last the statue
is illuminated. On Monday, 30th May, 2011, Al Murray, pushed the
button to light up the statue. He entertained the large crowd
telling them what a great fan he is of Max and reciting Max's,
"When roses are red...".
photos of the lighting up ceremony can be seen by going to the
sculpture of the life size statue has designed a miniture. Statuette No. 1
was presented to Roy Hudd, President of the
Max Miller Appreciation Society on Sunday, 4th. June 2006.
Statuettes are cast in
bronze on a marble base. Each will be numbered and made to order. Not more
than 15 will be made and then the mould will be destroyed
To order these and other Max
Miller goodies, go to