Maureen Moreland (The Mighty Atom)

Early Life With Roy

Mo Moreland had been performing in clubland since the mid-60s in an act called The Mighty Atom and Roy, with her husband Roy.

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The Might Atom and Roy. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

As early as 1965 the pair had already been approached to appear on TV in the series Stars and Garters and they continued to receive great reviews for what some called one of the funniest acts in the business.

It’s a mystery why Roy didn’t appear on New Faces with his wife, but following her appearance on the show they had many more years of success on the cabaret and club circuit.

In 1979 they were runners-up to Cannon and Ball in the Club Mirror National Club Acts Awards for 1978/79 in the comedy act of the year category. In 1980 they went one better and scooped the top award in the same category alongside other winners who went on to further success, such as Paul Daniels (Male Entertainer of the Year), Faith Brown (Speciality Act), Patti Boulaye (Female Vocalist) and Tony Christie (Male Vocalist).

They used this as a springboard for their act and had a three year run of Summer Season shows at the Central Club in Blackpool.

The Roly Polys

In 1982 Mo joined the rotund dance troop The Roly Polys, after her great mate Les Dawson suggested the all singing and dancing act to her. The huge success of the Roly Polys on the Les Dawson TV show saw the end of her act with Roy. He retired from show business to run The Moreland Hotel, Blackpool, which was opened by Les Dawson himself, and in later years ran a taxi company in the resort.

Mo’s showbiz career continued and in 1992 she was the subject of Michael Aspel’s Big Red Book when she appeared on This Is Your Life.

The Might Atom’s appearances on New Faces

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