Discovery of George Formby memorabilia in Preston makes it onto national television

Life has become a whirlwind since the boss of a Preston office clearance company unearthed a treasure trove of George Formby memorabilia.

Tuesday, 3rd April 2018, 4:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 3rd April 2018, 4:31 pm
Scott Felton

Scott Felton, who discovered the priceless haul in an old filing cabinet in the city, even made it onto national television to talk about his find.

The boss of Felton’s Office Furniture said: “It’s just gone a bit crazy. First BBC North West got in touch, then BBC Lancashire and even BBC Breakfast. I went to MediaCity in Manchester to go and film that.

“I also have a couple of people from the States trying to pick up on it. A mate of mine is taking the stuff out there to see what happens. One of his relations is quite high up in ITV America. It’s been mad, every day my phone’s ringing.”

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Although Scott eventually hopes to sell the suitcase full of unseen memorabilia including paperwork, books and photos either privately or at an auction, he is enjoying telling the story of his find first.

“There’s nine years worth of his fiancée’s diaries, he said. “I’m reading them at the moment and you can really build a picture of the life that they lived. I don’t even know what it is worth. I’m going to sell the suitcase but at the moment I’m sat on it. I’m just wanting a lot of people to see it first. There’s even a letter from Whitehall written on behalf of the Queen just to say how much she enjoys his films.”

The timely find meant members of the George Formby Society were able to view the treasure trove en route to a convention in Blackpool.