Raymond certainly knew how to relax. He simply sat, exuding man smells, on the pier at Blackpool and within minutes if not seconds scantily clad young women were drawn to him to like a bee to a flower. Look how she longs for his gaze, thwarted by his narcissistic love of the camera. Even the tempting offer of a lick on her lolly does nothing to tempt the organ man to look her way. Raymond by the way was a charitable guy with a kind heart when he wasn’t performing for his adoring audience (Mr and Mrs Bartholomew of Braintree) as the sleeve notes inform us – “Like many top-class artistes Raymond makes time to do special charity performances, including regular broadcasts for local hospitals.” To hear a sample of Raymond’s legacy see below.
As well as his popular programmes in the Sun Lounge on the North Pier at Blackpool Raymond Wallbank has also appeared as a concert organist in many parts of the country, including performances on the fine organ at the Gaumont, Manchester.
During the winter months Raymond plays for dances almost every evening. His recent engagements include appearances at the Floral Hall, Southport on the same bill as Victor Sylvester and his Orchestra and as successor to Reginald Dixon as organist at the official switch-on of Blackpool Illuminations carried out by Danny La Rue.
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