Wilfred & Mabel Pickles nee Myerscough
Mabel Myerscough born 1906 in Liverpool
the Daughter of Joseph & Kathleen Myerscough nee Kelly
Joseph was a retired theatre manager
Wilfred and Mabel met in 1929 when Wilfred moved to Southport to continue
his work in the building trade,
they married 20 September 1930 at Sacred Heart Southport.
An arch of picks and shovels greeted them as they left the Church.
They had one child, David born 1932 he died on the 1st Dec 1939 of poliomyelitis , age 7
28 March 1989 aged 82
and is buried with Wilfred, their son David and her parents Joseph & Catherine
Mabel was fondly known as "Mabel at the table" and worked with Wilfred on the
Radio programme "Have a Go "
Parents Frederick & Margaret Pickles nee Catterall (Builder)
Wilfred was a builder before becoming an actor. born 3 Oct 1904 Halifax Yorkshire,
he appeared in a few films, notably as the father in "Billy Liar" (1963)
and as Walter Bingley in "For the Love of Ada" (1972,
based on the television series in which he and Irene Handl had starred), he had been on
stage since the late 1920s.
During the Second World War, he moved to London to read the news on the wireless,
but there were many complaints about his Yorkshire accent.
The BBC replied that, if the Germans were to invade and take over Broadcasting House,
it would be easy for them to mimic the received pronunciation of most announcers,
but that no Teuton could possibly imitate Wilfred's voice.
Once the fear of invasion had receded, he was no longer employed as a newsreader, he was made an OBE. in 1950, and became even better known as the presenter of the long-running programme "Have a Go" (1946 to 1967) on BBC radio, along with his wife Mabel, who was always introduced as
"Mabel at the table." (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine)