Such Is Life in 1955


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Shirley posing with her 19th birthday cake at the Adelphi Theatre, The Strand in London’s West End

8th January 1955

Taken backstage during the run of a variety show called Such Is Life

Presented by Jack Hylton

Thanks to Gary for this excellent piece of memorabilia

And there just happens to be an original show programme up for auction on eBay, ending 20th January


Link to the eBay page

Note the monkey on the cake and the Right Monkey cartoon on the programme

This was the catch phrase of Al Read, a popular comedian of the time

More about Al, here on his Wikipedia page



Jack Hylton was a band leader and impresario, important in promoting Shirley’s early career

Here’s a link to his official web site:

Jack said shortly before his death in 1965: “I’d have it all over again… the same lot with the same errors and the same successes.”