Gracie Fields: Rochdale statue and heritage trail planned

Eh ba gum, are they going to plant loads of aspidistras round the place?
 
About time she was given the credit she deserved, considering the stick she took for nothing more than being married to an Italian. Accused of deserting her country while she was in Burma and all points far east, entertaining the troops, her career was curtailed for many years afterwards...Shame it never happened while she was alive really.
 

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wiki said:
Charity work
The late 1930s saw her popularity peak and she was given many honours: the Officer of the Venerable Order of St. John (for charity work), the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) (for services to entertainment) in 1938 and the Freedom of the Borough of Rochdale in 1937.

She donated her house, The Towers, 53 The Bishops Avenue, London, N2 0BJ (which she had not much cared for and which she had shared with her husband Archie Pitt and his mistress) to a maternity hospital after the marriage broke down. In 1939, she became seriously ill with cervical cancer. The public sent over 250,000 goodwill messages and she retired to her villa on Capri. After she recovered, she recorded a very special 78rpm record simply called Gracie's Thanks, in which she thanks the public for the many cards and letters she received while in hospital. During World War II, she paid for all servicemen/women to travel free on public transport within the boundaries of Rochdale.

Fields also helped Rochdale F.C. in the 1930s when they were struggling to pay fees and buy sports equipment.

In 1933 she set up the Gracie Fields Children's Home and Orphanage at Peacehaven, Sussex for children of those in the theatre profession who could not look after their children. She kept this until 1967, when the home was no longer needed. This was near her own home in Peacehaven, and Fields often visited, with the children all calling her 'Aunty Grace'.
"During World War II, she paid for all servicemen/women to travel free on public transport within the boundaries of Rochdale."

Hats off.
 

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Fields, accompanied by an RAF orchestra, entertains airmen at their 1939 Christmas party

Fields shares a joke with troops in a village near Valenciennes, France, April 1940


GRACIE FIELDS SINGS AT A MUNITIONS FACTORY, UK, 1941

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Gracie Fields poses with a group of sailors in Trincomalee Harbour, Ceylon, during a visit to the British East Indies Fleet, 20 October 1945.


1946 - Rochdale born Gracie Fields was refused a British passport because she married an Italian.
 

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About time she was given the credit she deserved, considering the stick she took for nothing more than being married to an Italian. Accused of deserting her country while she was in Burma and all points far east, entertaining the troops, her career was curtailed for many years afterwards...Shame it never happened while she was alive really.
Think i've found out why she was given short shrift after the War; clearly a Commie, just like Charlie Chaplin.

 

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