On the buses #36: Max Miller

April 5, 2018

 

Illustration by Joda, @joda_art 

 

 

Whilst Brighton’s Cheeky-Chappie comedian, Max Miller, would certainly have appreciated seeing his name on the front of one of the city’s buses, he very rarely travelled on them himself when living here.

 

As one of this country’s top earning performers in the 30s and 40s, he had no need to use public transport other than on regular rail journeys between London Victoria station and Brighton. When appearing at the London Palladium, for example, or any other of the capital’s variety theatres, Max would always insist that he had to be able to catch the last train home to his beloved Brighton.

 

Born Thomas Henry Sargent in the town on November 21st, 1894, Max was the second of five children in an impoverished family which frequently went hungry. After performing in concert parties on the seafront just after the First World War, though... [read more]

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