The Society originated in the front room of the Gatenbys’ humble Highgate home in May 1991 when, in a discussion about Peter Sellers, it emerged that he had lived as a boy almost on our doorstep, in a cottage in Muswell Hill Road in fact, and had attended the nearby St Aloysius’ Roman Catholic College for some years. The possibility of a statue of the great Goon was considered but rejected in favour of a less expensive option, namely a plaque on the wall of the said cottage. The idea of a money-raising event around the unveiling of a plaque was conceived there and then, and it was decided that if it were successful we could continue to honour more late comedians, and form a society called perhaps “The Dead Comics Society”. The name stuck, the motto was drafted and we were up and running.
Portland Street, Manchester, United Kingdom