George Leybourne Mark II

One of the more unusual things I’ve had to do lately was acquire a top hat for Remembrance Sunday services at St Paul’s and the Royal Exchange.  For those who know of our family’s associations with Wilton’s Music Hall, including organising a wonderful Gilbert & Sullivan sing-along led by Professor Robin Wilson for the Gresham Society –, as well as our associations with the not-quite-‘toff’, George Leybourne, then the contrast with my aversion to formal wear – – makes exquisite irony.  For those who would like to explore the background to Wilton’s, Champagne Charlie, and some of the first commercial sponsorships:

For those who would like to be entertained by some visuals at Wilton’s today, I can only provide the following:

Top Hat