Rare find from Brid’s musical past

Signed photo of Irving Berlin to Herman Darewski
Signed photo of Irving Berlin to Herman Darewski

Rare artifacts from Bridlington’s musical past have been unearthed at a town centre auctioneers.

Winning bidder, Mike Wilson, was shocked to find photos, poetry books, music certificates and drawings belonging to Herman Darewski, musical director in Bridlington between 1926 and 1937, at Spencers Auction Rooms on Quay Road.

Darewski wrote the famous musical comedy The Better ’Ole, which ran for over 800 performances in London, from 1917 and was later turned into a film starring Sydney Chaplin.

His other famous pieces include K-K-K-Katy, Sister Susie Sewing Shirts for Soldiers, and Ours Is A Nice ’Ouse Ours Is.

The most astonishing find however is a signed photograph of a young Irving Berlin, the writer of White Christmas and There’s No Business Like Show business, dedicated to Darewski.

Darewski passionately supported musical development, inventing the Darewski Diagram Self Tutor for Guitar, and is said to have taught the Queen to play piano when she was young.

Mike said: “I was really surprised to stumble across this box, I got it just because I’m interested in Bridlington’s history.

“On the internet signed photos of Irving Berlin go for around £350 and I even found one on sale for $1,800.

Mike, who paid £160 for the box, said he would like to display the Darewski artifacts at the Spa, where the composer held talent competitions, when the building celebrates its 80 year anniversary next year.

Mike has other articles such as an autograph book featuring stars who appeared at the Spa in 1928 and photographs of Cliff Richard on stage that he would also like to include in the exhibition.