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Major tribute to mark Larry Grayson’s hundredth birthday

Published on Tuesday, 15th August 2023

Nuneaton icon Larry Grayson
Nuneaton icon Larry Grayson (Credit: Nuneaton News/ Nuneaton Memories)

Legendary Nuneaton comic Larry Grayson’s centenary is being marked with the official unveiling of a portrait.

The event will take place on the day of what would have been his 100th birthday on Thursday, 31 August, at 12pm

Portrait artist Dave Miles has produced a portrait of Larry, who became a household name in the 1970s.

Millions of viewers would tune in every Saturday night when he hosted television’s The Generation Game.

It will be unveiled on Nuneaton Town Hall steps in front of his great-nephew Mike Malyon and Isla St Clair, co-host of the show.

Cllr Kris Wilson, Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said:

“Larry loved Nuneaton and it is fitting that we top off the centenary commemorations with this portrait that will take pride of place in the Town Hall.

“Being able to honour this larger-than-life champion of our town is a great way to celebrate his 100th birthday and keep his spirit alive.”

Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery is also hosting a “Wiv Luv, Larry” exhibition until Sunday, 3 September.

Visitors can learn about Larry’s life in his own words, featuring the letters he wrote to superfan Pauline as well as numerous images and items collected by Margaret Kane.

The exhibition also features his big red book from 'This is Your Life', Dress Up Larry, bow tie interactive and colouring sheets which celebrate Larry’s always dapper appearances.

To further honour Larry, the newest development in Abbey Street is named Grayson Place in homage to him.

Grayson Place will create a vibrant new cultural and leisure destination for the local community, which is the first landmark in the wider Transforming Nuneaton programme.

The development includes a 145-room hotel, a food hall, a five-screen cinema, as well as housing, workspace, education facilities and a multi-storey car park.

While at the Museum, why not also check out the temporary exhibitions?

Visit our Museum & Art Gallery webpage for opening hours.