|Mike Robbins whose anniversary it is today|
Each mime performance used to last for fifteen to twenty minutes and then the "gang" would leap onto the lorry and take off for the next venue.
Character actor, Gerald Lawson (brother of the more famous Wilfrid) was the narrator and the audience was a blend of West End theatre goers, drunks and down and outs (bums if you are American).
No money was collected and the drama of the mime silence was enhanced by the way the crew 'vanished' into thin air after each performance. It had a profound effect on many.
Mike went on to star in many TV series, most famous of all being 'On the Buses'. He was noted for being unable to ride a motor bike and one of his parts required him to regularly put in an appearance on two wheels. He had a stand in for the long shots and, for the close ups he was pushed into frame by the film crew.
He died from cancer at the age of 62 on 11th December 1992.