7 December 1974 – Series Three (12)

Tenor Len May.  Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

On the judging panel for heat twelve were Mickie Most, Ted Ray, Jack Parnell and Clifford Davis.

New Image (four-piece harmony group)
Len May (opera singer)
Smokey Blue (trio country /rock music)
Naden Brothers (vocal /guitar duo)
Paul and Barry Harman (comedy song /dance duo)
JMESS Wilson (female vocalist)
Alan Hagan (comedian /compere)

The winning act was the comedy duo of Paul and Barry Harman beating the other sibling act on the show, the Naden Brothers, by just one point.  They would later find fame as the children’s entertainers The Chuckle Brothers.

Vocal/guitar duo The Naden Brothers. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

The Naden Brothers, from Burnley, had twelve months earlier lost all their equipment in the Isle of Man, Summerland disaster, where 50 people lost their lives in a horrendous fire at the Douglas entertainment venue.

Following their appearance on New Faces they were signed by agent Norman Teal for a sixteen week summer season, appearing with Derek Batey in the Mr. & Mrs Show at the Central Pier in Blackpool.

Opera singer Len May sang ‘In The Beginning’ accompanied at the piano by the song’s composer, Vic Dawton.

NOTE: Female vocalist ‘JMESS Wilson’ is as the act was listed in The Stage however, I assume this may be a typing error.


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