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TITLE
Memories of a showman - 'Penny Geggies'
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_WILLHAY_12
PERIOD
1980s; 1990s
CREATOR
Will Hay
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2295
KEYWORDS
showmen
carnivals
circuses
funfairs
puppets
puppet shows
fairgrounds
audio

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Will Hay was a northern showman and Punch and Judy puppeteer. He came from a family of travelling entertainers; his great grandfather, John Morrison, had joined Pindar's Circus when it was on tour in Sutherland while his grandfather, William Duncan Morrison, and uncle, Duncan Morrison, put on Punch and Judy shows in and around Inverness. The Morrisons were also well-known for their bone-setting skills.

In this audio extract, Will talks about the early pictures - the 'Penny Geggies'.

What we used to call the 'Penny Geggie'. That's G.E.G.G I.E., the 'Penny Geggie'. That was where the original pictures came from, in fact, was the 'Penny Geggies'. Now you used to go round the showgrounds, an ye used to get into these back-up shows for a penny - the 'Geggies' we would call them ye know, an ye seen the films? But quite a lot o them didn't bother wi that; they had open air shows. An ye just put up yer screen in the showground, an they went behind the screen, an they put up the cinema an ye had to stand winding away this pictures - silent pictures - an everybody used to crowd round them an see them, oh, for nothing. Of course, ye went roon wi a hat, if ye were lucky ye got a few boab, ye know? But it brought on the crowd. An that's how the old pictures used to start, cause we used to go wurselves round Carrbridge. Oh, I used to take turn aboot winding this thing, ye know? Oh, it used to be tiring on the arms. Penny tae get in, tuppence tae get in. Aye, sort o thing.

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Memories of a showman - 'Penny Geggies'

1980s; 1990s

showmen; carnivals; circuses; funfairs; puppets; puppet shows; fairgrounds; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Will Hay, Memories of a Showman

Will Hay was a northern showman and Punch and Judy puppeteer. He came from a family of travelling entertainers; his great grandfather, John Morrison, had joined Pindar's Circus when it was on tour in Sutherland while his grandfather, William Duncan Morrison, and uncle, Duncan Morrison, put on Punch and Judy shows in and around Inverness. The Morrisons were also well-known for their bone-setting skills. <br /> <br /> In this audio extract, Will talks about the early pictures - the 'Penny Geggies'.<br /> <br /> What we used to call the 'Penny Geggie'. That's G.E.G.G I.E., the 'Penny Geggie'. That was where the original pictures came from, in fact, was the 'Penny Geggies'. Now you used to go round the showgrounds, an ye used to get into these back-up shows for a penny - the 'Geggies' we would call them ye know, an ye seen the films? But quite a lot o them didn't bother wi that; they had open air shows. An ye just put up yer screen in the showground, an they went behind the screen, an they put up the cinema an ye had to stand winding away this pictures - silent pictures - an everybody used to crowd round them an see them, oh, for nothing. Of course, ye went roon wi a hat, if ye were lucky ye got a few boab, ye know? But it brought on the crowd. An that's how the old pictures used to start, cause we used to go wurselves round Carrbridge. Oh, I used to take turn aboot winding this thing, ye know? Oh, it used to be tiring on the arms. Penny tae get in, tuppence tae get in. Aye, sort o thing.