Tom’s fascinating talk on Hylda Baker

Hylda Baker
Hylda Baker

A local historian will deliver a fascinating on the life and work of famed North West comic actor, Hylda Baker.

The evening event, hosted by Tom Preston, will take place at St Helens Central Library.

Hylda Baker with one of her Capuchin monkeys and Miss Blackpool Ann Lamon taken when Hylda was performing in the Hylda Baker show at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool  in 1958.

Hylda Baker with one of her Capuchin monkeys and Miss Blackpool Ann Lamon taken when Hylda was performing in the Hylda Baker show at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool in 1958.

Born in Farnworth, near Bolton, Hylda Baker was the daughter of a comedian, and made her first stage appearance at the age of 10 at the Opera House, Tunbridge Wells. In the 1920s at the age of 14, she was a leading lady earning £25 per week – a huge sum for the time – as a headline variety act of the music halls, where she played a fast-talking gossip.

She is perhaps most well known for her role as Nellie Pledge in the ITV sitcom Nearest and Dearest, and her performance in the 1960 classic, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

She developed a string of popular catch-phrases such as “she knows, you know’, and “you big girl’s blouse.”

With a private life as colourful as the characters she portrayed, Tom Preston’s talk includes some previously unknown material on Hylda’s Lancashire background.

She knows, you know: The Life of Hylda Baker is taking place on Friday,

April 29 at 2pm at St Helens Central Library.

This event is free but to reserve your place please contact Central Library

on 01744 676954 or email amandabrown@sthelens.gov.uk