Sunday, 26 September 2010

Obituary Cecil Ramage, Liberal MP and Southport Candidate

Cecil Ramage fought  Southport in the Yellow Book General Election of 1929. By all accounts he was an excellent candidate and galvanised the constituency. We have previously feature Ramage on the blog and his song book can be found here. He has also featured on Liberal England  as their Man of the Day.

This obituary, from the Daily Telegraph, reached me via the usual route having originated with Mr Ascott Snr of Birkdale whose grandson and great grandson I spied at the Sandgrounder beer festival recently.

One has to admire the Telegraph's use of euphemism. To describe Ramage in later life as having a 'somewhat excessive conviviality' would no doubt today have been rendered  as 'he was an old soak'. One of his last performances was in The Holly and the Ivy which I saw revived at the Arts Centre back in 2008. It is said that his drunkeness threatened to close the show early on several occasions. Written by |Wynyard Browne the play was made into a film in the 1950's and starred Ralph Richardson. In the Arts Centre version the part was taken by Philip Madoc who played Lloyd George in the BBC biopic of the Welshman.
Those wishing to know more about Ramage and his time in Southport should consult the online edition of Southport Liberals, the first 100 years.

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