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Jimmy Clitheroe was a star of Variety, films, radio and television. Born in 1921, his career spanned five decades, from the 1930s to the 1970s, and he made his mark in every medium of show business.

Click here for details of Jimmy's films From small but humorous beginnings in Variety, as a boy in an all-girl juvenile troupe, he moved into films, firstly with Arthur Lucan (Old Mother Riley) and subsequently with George Formby, Jewel & Warriss and Frank Randle. The two films he made with Randle were for Film Studios (Manchester) Ltd, and are featured in a recent book.

In the 1940s he worked in Variety with comedians Albert Whelan and Albert Burdon, principally in the North of England, and most often in shows presented by John D Roberton or by Jack Taylor. He began working in Blackpool.

Jimmy as a young man He built an impressive reputation in Variety, and in Blackpool set a record for the number of appearances in summer season shows. He worked there with Frank Randle, Jimmy James and Ken Dodd, amongst others.

He also played in Pantomime. His first panto appearance was alongside Two Ton Tessie O’Shea in 1938. His final panto was in 1971.

In the mid-1950s, Jimmy Clitheroe moved into radio. His first appearance was on the Home Service, in comedian Jimmy James’s show ‘The Mayor’s Parlour’. He soon had his own series, ‘Call Boy’ - a Variety show.

Then came his biggest hit, ‘The Clitheroe Kid’. It ran for 15 years from 1957 on the Light Programme and Radio 2. It was the BBC’s longest-running situation comedy.

In the 1960s he broke into television, starring on ITV in ‘That’s My Boy’ and ‘Just Jimmy’ for 5 years from 1963 to 1968. Both shows were made by ABC Television. In the 1960s he also made his best remembered film, Rocket to the Moon, which he made in 1967 with Burl Ives and Terry-Thomas.

Coming from a background in the Variety theatre, his humour was broadly in the style of the St Trinians films and early Carry On pictures. His most famous catchphrase was “Don’t some mothers ’ave ’em” - though when referring to Alfie, it was often amended to “Don’t some twits mothers ’ave ’em”.

Another of his catchphrases was “I’m all there with me cough drops” (a Lancashire expression for someone quick-witted). When he got into a scrape - as he frequently did - his catchphrase was “Ooh, flippin’ ’eck”.

He was born in Clitheroe, but his childhood was spent in the village of Blacko near Nelson, Lancs. His first stage appearances were in the local Methodist Chapel, performing in Sunday School concerts.

At the age of 14 he joined a professional juvenile troupe and began touring in Variety with them, under the stage name “Little Jimmie”.

He was the eternal schoolboy. He never grew taller than 4ft 3ins, and for most of his life he could easily pass for an 11-year-old boy, a role he played to the hilt.

He never told people his age, in case it spoiled the illusion, and always performed in schoolboy cap and blazer (even at radio recordings, for the benefit of the studio audience). He fostered the illusion by appearing in publicity stunts for his local Boy Scout troop (dressed as a wolf cub), by living with his mother after his father's death, and by seemingly never having a girlfriend.

It all helped to maintain his show business career, which was dependent on that illusion, as he almost always played a schoolboy - in the Variety theatres, in his films, on the wireless, on television, and on record.

He maintained the illusion successfully until his death. To the newspapers he always remained ‘the Peter Pan of Showbusiness’ - the little boy who never grew up.

Only in Pantomime, and his 1967 film, did he step out of the cheeky schoolboy role. Even then it was only to play Tom Thumb - another part for which he was eminently suited. But his most frequent Panto role was in “Aladdin”, where he reverted to the cheeky boy, playing Widow Twankey’s son Wishee Washee.

as quite a big name, he was very popular for public events.  He opened a model village in Manchester, charity events and many fetes.  He was also a racehorse owner along with a hotel and betting shops.  His hotel was managed by of old friend, Tommy Trafford who was in the show business.

He was known to be careful with money which is beleived to come from growing up within the Great Depression.  Ha has a quite private live living with his mother in a bungalow in Blackpool.

Jimmy died in 1973 just after the Spring Bank Holiday from an accidental sleeping pill overdose.

From eyeliner and eyebrows all the way to the lips and foundations, these are the many 1960s common makeup tendencies that left their mark on the beauty market. For 60s cosmetics, the very first thing that comes to mind is always the great Twiggy and her famous photo shoot.

Famous for her amazing eyes, makeup styles mimicked her appearance for the whole decade. As a perfect illustration of classic 60s cosmetics, large eye makeup, matte skin, and also subtle lips were the most common characteristics of every appearance in those days.

Here's a comprehensive look at the 1960s, the ways that you can recreate, and also what is making a comeback in present-day cosmetics.


The most notable among the iconic 1960s makeup styles are thick winged eyeliners. Most commonly seen in the famous picture of model Twiggy, winged eyeliner became among the most well-known crazes in the realm of cosmetics for ages.
To do it, girls would draw a thick line throughout the lid, along the natural contour of the eye, keeping near the lash line. This made a cat-eye look, in addition to a bigger, most receptive looking eye.

They'd finish the look by flicking out the line, aiming toward the narrative of the eyebrow, and also produced a wing. The close of the lining wasn't too thin as the current eyeliner trend is.

Perfect Eyes & Eye Shadow

Next on our list of the most iconic 1960s makeup styles is eyeshadow. Even the 60s eyeshadows were commonly trendy tones. This comprised of blue, gray, and white. This is due to the fact that the makeup on the eyes has been typically concentrated on lashes and eyeliner.

It is quite contrary to today's styles of warm-toned eye shadows like browns and reds. But, there continue to be trendy toned eyeshadow palettes accessible. By way of instance, many companies offer a fantastic palette with loads of blues, grays, and cool tones. And now we have products such as My Perfect Eyes that claim to help to flatten out wrinkles.  But you can see from the many My Perfect Eyes reviews that it's still far from perfect.

However, what is not so different to the latest tendencies would be cut crease eyeshadow. Believe it or not, the trimming crease isn't a new fad, and was seen a good deal in the 1960s too.

A renowned actor, singer, and model of the time that rocked this appearance was Diahann Carroll. The trimming crease is the point where the lid of the eye is carved out exactly having an eyeshadow shade, covering the entirety of this distance, whereas the crease is mixed with an alternate color.

Skin Lightening

While many women in other parts of the world made use of skin lightening creams, in the UK this was mainly done with makeup instead. To achieve a bright look for the cameras, female (and male) actors would sometimes be required to wear a lot of this type of makeup.

This was to give off a natural appearance for the viewers as TV was black and white.  It is known today that some actresses did make us of skin lightening creams. This is a controversial topic today as there are many skin bleaching side effects.


Initially made in 1916, false lashes are a frequent attractiveness tool for lots of women throughout history, and also the 60s wasn't any exception. Nonetheless, in the famous picture of Twiggy, including her lovely eyes, she had been spotted wearing lashes on both her upper and lower lids, a massive vendor for lashes all around the world.

1964 make up

The longer they were, the better, and this comprised layers of heaps of lashes when false ones were not offered. Although much different to now, the lashes were far more concentrated on being long than thick, and now our tendencies incorporate the very best of both worlds in regards to luscious lashes.

If you are seeking to recreate a Twiggy motivated appearance, nevertheless, many companies have a fantastic set of long and spidery falsies that will finish your look.

Foundation Make-Up

Face makeup has been typically regarded as light with a matte finish. Next on our list of the most iconic 1960s makeup styles, this cannot be farther from our present obsessions from the attractiveness community. No highlighter, small amounts to no bronzer, and overlook contouring.  Today, ladies will apply a heavy amount of make up with can result in cakey foundation.  But in the 1960s, this was different.

1960s girls would normally employ pale cream bases to pay the entirety of the face with a matte finish, set with a little bit of translucent powder. On the other hand, the powder and foundation mix formula was created from the 60s and turned into a breakthrough product for girls everywhere.

One product that's not utilized as frequently today, girls loved their base powder. On the other hand, the item remains available on the current market, and Becca appears to have a good two in 1 base and powder.

Plus, most girls employed concealer to fix flaws and undereye bags and inflammation, similar to now.