The Royal Zanettos
George, Pip, Arthur, Frank & Albert Bale
artistes of the golden age of music hall

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Reply Eryka Hurst
7:29 AM on September 8, 2017 
Hi, I want to send you a photograph of what I think is a sheet music cover of Tom Leamore's 'My Intended' How would I send that? I currently have it framed and hanging in my home but I can send a photo and if you wanted to add it to the section about Tom on your website I could possibly get it scanned and sent to you.
Reply Jane Koszuta
3:33 AM on January 29, 2017 
Dear Ellen,
I did reply to your message using your email address, but not having heard from you I thought I'd try answering here!
You would be welcome to use a photo but please let me know which one before you do, and please mention my website as the source.
Having said that, I'm curious as to your research about pantomime and the connection with the Royal Zanettos, and would love to learn more!
Hoping to hear from you,
Jane


Ellen Couchman Crook says...
Dear Jane
I would like to use a photograph of the Zanettos in some research on pantomime I am completing at university. How do I get permission from yourself to use it.

Many thanks
Reply Ellen Couchman Crook
6:15 AM on January 10, 2017 
Dear Jane
I would like to use a photograph of the Zanettos in some research on pantomime I am completing at university. How do I get permission from yourself to use it.

Many thanks
Reply Carrie Pomeroy
3:21 PM on October 3, 2016 
Hello! I'm working on a book about Charlie Chaplin's early years and found your wonderful blog as part of my research. I was wondering if the postcard-style photograph of Chaplin onstage with the Karno troupe used in your post Chaplin and the Zanettos is part of your personal collection, and if so, I would like to inquire about what permissions or fees you would require for potentially using the photo in the book. I still haven't sold the book yet, so this is just an initial query--I have an agent who is going to submitting it to publishers on my behalf within the next year or so, I hope! Thanks for any information you can give me on the photo.

Best,
Carrie Pomeroy
Reply Elizabeth Buckley-Smith-nee Bale
7:05 PM on February 15, 2016 
Hi im Harold James Bale and Beryl Bales youngest daughter Lizzie Pip was my granddad i have love reading everything about our lovely family and im going through and showing everything to my youngest daughter Deanna. she is amazed by it all and is keen to learn all about the Zannettos and the Bales she never got to meet her Jimmy grandad or her Nanny Beryl so its lovely to be able to share these special memories with her and for me to find family that i did not know i had its wonderful and i hope to be able to met some of you in person one day godbless you all Lizzie xx
Reply The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain
3:33 AM on April 11, 2011 
Hi everyone!

Isn't this just an amazing website?

I wondered whether you all might like to know that our theatre charity have recently restored the former VABF memorial at Streatham Park Cemetery where the late great TOM LEAMORE, alongside a good 300 other Variety and Music Hall artistes are resting.

We we are currently researching all of these artistes in which to commemorate them in a permanent theatre exhibition in the former VABF chapel and also in a new Music Hall Database, which will hopefully be going live this month. These wonderful artistes made a great contribution to our cultural heritage and it is only right that we should remember them in this way. So, if anyone has any information and images on Tom Leamore that we could use, that would be fantastic!

Our theatre charity is dedicated to restoring and caring for the final resting places of Music Hall performers and as a registered charity and a non-profit making organization, volunteers and donations are always welcome! Why not become a friend?

website: www.themusichallguild.com

email: [email protected]
Reply Jane Koszuta
8:37 AM on December 17, 2010 
Hello John, Do you have an e-mail address please? It would be wonderful to hear more, particularly for Terri (a relative of yours, her grandmother was also Mary!). I do hope you will answer, Jane

John Peter Carr says...
Hi reading abou,t your story about Pip and Mary Fleming Mary was my grandmother and Tom Leamore my grandad , i have pictures of Tom through my mother , who was herself a professional dancer, i also old photos of various artists of that time. i new my grandad made the old 78s but he was more famous than i thought, i would like to hear more about him . Thaks John..
Reply xalonero
6:26 AM on December 17, 2010 
Apologies for the delay in replying to your post. I must clarify something: my g.grandmother was Rose Hamilton, not Mary Fleming. I had gathered that Tom was married before, but never realised that he married for a third time.
The 78s I have are " Percy from Pimlico", "Hi! Hi! Hi!" and " I used to be poor myself". For your information these and other songs are available for download on Spotify and itunes. The photos I have are unfortunately in the U.K. ( I live in Spain). I am due to visit in Febraury, so I will scan and post all relavant material with a brief explanation of who's who and when if possble. This visit will also give me the opportunity to pick my mothers brain and fill in a few gaps in the story hopefully. I also have photos of Barney, Auntie Molly and Norah (grandad's other sister). Unfortunately I don't remember Molly or Norah.
As a side note: Barney was a jockey in younger days. He moved to Dorset where he met and married my grandmother. He died of a heart attack in 1979 in Poole. I always remember him watching the racing with his form guide, smoking his Woodbines.
As far as Tom is concerned : He was born Thomas Lee in 1867 in Lambeth. He later ( I don't know when) legally changed his name to Leamore to use as a stage name. He married Rose Hamilton in June 1896 and Mary Fleming in December 1907. The details and chronology of of his stage career I have are at best patchy (perhaps you would be kind enough to help me there). He died in September 1939 and lies in Streatham Park Cementary amongst some of his contemporaries.
Upon my return from the U.K. I will happily share any information, photos or documents I uncover pertaining to Tom.
(David Leamore).
Reply Terri Allen nee Bale
10:54 AM on November 28, 2010 
I was very interested to see your comments as Tom Leamore was my father's step father and his mother was Mary Fleming (your g.grandmother).
Mary was his third wife, his first being Florrie Palmer, a serio and dancer ,who died in 1895. He then married Rose Hamilton but they were divorced.
I actually met uncle Barney a couple of times as a very small girl. The first time, when Dad took us up to London to visit his mother, and both uncle Barney & aunty Molly were there and then later some time when uncle Barney came to visit us in Petts Wood.
I have collected a great deal about Tom - reviews, adverts, programmes - including some beautifully illustrated song sheets and I have a CD with him singing 4 of his songs. Which ones have you got on 78's ?
The one thing I haven't got are any pictures and I only have one of Mary, so I would be very please to see any.

Terri

xalonero says...
It was very interesting to read a little family history. Tom Leamore was my Great grandfather. I have pictures of him and some of his old 78s. You can listen to some of his recordings online. Who was your father? Barney Leamore was my Grandfather. There is extensive info on Tom and his contemporaries if you are prepared to seach a little. I know that Tom was with actress Rose Hamilton. My Grandmother, who died just last year, always said that she could be difficult to get along with. (David Leamore).
Reply xalonero
12:19 PM on November 25, 2010 
John Peter Carr says...
Hi reading abou,t your story about Pip and Mary Fleming Mary was my grandmother and Tom Leamore my grandad , i have pictures of Tom through my mother , who was herself a professional dancer, i also old photos of various artists of that time. i new my grandad made the old 78s but he was more famous than i thought, i would like to hear more about him . Thaks John..


It was very interesting to read a little family history. Tom Leamore was my Great grandfather. I have pictures of him and some of his old 78s. You can listen to some of his recordings online. Who was your father? Barney Leamore was my Grandfather. There is extensive info on Tom and his contemporaries if you are prepared to seach a little. I know that Tom was with actress Rose Hamilton. My Grandmother, who died just last year, always said that she could be difficult to get along with. (David Leamore).