To celebrate 80 years since the filming of ‘No Limit’ on the Isle of Man a number of George Formby Society members from all over the UK are travelling to Douglas for a long weekend of celebrations.
They will be putting on an informal ukulele concert at the Manx Museum on Saturday 25 July at 2pm, followed by a screening of ‘No Limit’ on the big screen at 3:15pm. There might even be a musical accompaniment to the film! Admission to the concert ad film screening is free of charge – and everyone is welcome.
The George Formby Society was formed in September 1961 a few months after the death of George Formby OBE in Preston. The society holds four conventions a year in the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool, the spiritual home of George who was a Wigan lad. There are over 1200 members many of whom play the banjo ukulele and keep the memory and music of George Formby alive.
George was motorbike mad and it was only a matter of time before his daredevil spirit made it to the big screen in the form of No Limit which was filmed on the island in 1935 and released in 1936. George famously performed all of the motorcycle action and as the weather was very hot suffered heat exhaustion during the filming. In fact, the scene in which George Shuttleworth pushes his motorbike over the finish line had to be filmed several times and the take used in the film where George collapses on the line is apparently genuine.