Max Miller is cleaned up at last!

PUBLISHED: 11:26 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:57 20 February 2013

Walter Atherton

Walter Atherton

Members of the Max Miller Appreciation Society gave the great man's statue a clean-up in Pavilion Gardens in Brighton.

Words and pictures: Gemma Nethersole and Lulu Larkin

'Ere's a funny thing: some scrubbers from the Max Miller Appreciation Society turned up at Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, to give their hero's bronze statue his first wash and brush up in two years as his plinth was getting smuttier than his jokes.

You know the ones: Mary had a little bear, to which she was so kind; I often see her bear in front...ere!

Gemma Nethersole [pix] was in Brighton to find a dress to wear as the Red Queen for Worthing's gala of Alice in Wonderland' and described the anticsof the MMAS madder than a Mad Hatter's Tea Party. And Lulu Larkin was thrilled when Walter Atherton [pix on fence with handbag] invited her to his white wedding to Gerry the followingweek.

Actor Lee Town [pic] put up his dukes on his way to audition for a part as a boxer and Cllr Averil Older [pic] let her hair down with anecdotes that would make Max blush. David Hopper [pic] joined in the fun wearing a stovepipe hat and Japanese tourists shuffled their way into the group photographs although no-one knew them.

But that's what the Max Miller Appreciation Society is allabout:expecting the unexpected, having fun and giving joy to others.With the help of their patrons Roy Hudd and Ken Dodd, they support many charities for the underprivileged spreadingsunshine and happiness.

Yes, Max Miller was a cheeky chappie. But there'll never be another. More clever stuff- 'ere no rubbish - on

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