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Pub plans musical tribute to Bud Flanagan

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:49 05 October 2010

SHOWBIZ performers are being invited to reinterpret’ the stage act by the popular wartime entertainer Bud Flanagan to mark the 40th anniversary of his death. But they won’t have to perform in the cold underneath the arches’ of London’s East End. The one-off musical tribute is being staged in a warm pub in Mile End tomorrow night (Wednesday)

SHOWBIZ performers are being invited to 'reinterpret' the stage act by the popular wartime entertainer Bud Flanagan to mark the 40th anniversary of his death.

But the musicians, singers and comedians won't have to perform in the cold 'underneath the arches' of London's East End.

The one-off musical tribute Underneath the Arches is being staged in a warm pub in Mile End tomorrow night (Wednesday), as part of a year-long series of commissions on or around the East End's Petticoat Lane by the Whitechapel Gallery.

Bud Flanagan is remembered most for the song Underneath the Arches, his signature tune performed as part of the comedy duo Flanagan and Allen, while his solo recording of Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr Hitler? later became the theme to the BBC's long-running sitcom Dad's Army.

Flanagan was born Chaim Reuben Weintrop in Whitechapel in 1896 to Jewish immigrants from Poland. He went to school in Petticoat Lane's Wentworth Street and performed conjuring tricks at the age of 12 at the London Music Hall in Shoreditch before taking on his Irish-American sounding stage name in his 20s.

The Bud Flanagan tribute is at The Palm Tree, by the Regent's Canal at Haverfield Road, off Grove Road, Mile End, starting at 7.30pm, entry free.

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