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THE 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 

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UNVEILING 1st MAY 2005

THE UNVEILING ~ MAX DAY

Comic 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 !”  

The 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.

CELEBRATION LUNCHEON 2005

After 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 celebrities.

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.

MAX IS BACK

MAXTRAVAGANZA ~ SUNDAY, 12th AUGUST 2007

On 12th 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.

Max's return was celebrated by a Maxtravaganza, second unveiling/ rededication ceremony on Sunday, 12th August at 3pm. 

After the ceremony, celebrities, members and guests adjourned for tea, cakes and nibbles in the Max enclosure in the Pavilion Cafe grounds.

See BBC TV's Newsreel of event:    WATCH 

Shopping with Max

Final Act

  DVD 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.  

The dvd includes wonderful scenes with Norman Wisdom at one of his last public engagements. See

  • Sir Norman doing his funny walk
  • Sir Norman tripping up
  • Sir Norman meeting Pat Drake the Mayor of Brighton & Hove and her Consort
  • Sir Norman resting his head on the Mayor’s bosom
  • Sir Norman singing Don’t Laugh At Me to the waiting crowd
  • Sir Norman picking his nose
  • Sir 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
  • Sir Norman laughing as only he can. His laugh is infectious and soon the large crowd joins in to laugh with him.
  • Sir Norman dancing with June Whitfield
  • Sir Norman telling the interviewer about the time he worked at Collins Music Hall where he met Max Miller for the first time and the encouragement he received.
  • Sir Norman signing autographs. It’s really Norman ’s day!
  • Sir Norman mounting the stage and singing Don’t Laugh at Me to piano accompaniment at the luncheon in front of many celebrities and members.
  • Sir Norman following his signature song by singing a beautiful new comic song never before recorded.

 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 Society.  

Running time: 1 hour 49 minutes

DVD                                                      £12.99

plus postage & packing

LET THERE BE LIGHT

AL 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...".

Further photos of the lighting up ceremony can be seen by going to the following links:

Henry Bruce Photography

Peter Williams

Shopping with Max

Peter Webster, 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 

SHOPPING WITH MAX