Last week Sue Devaney, who plays Gracie Fields in Our Graice, and Ben Stock, who plays her favourite accompanist Harry Parr-Davies, joined the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale and Rochdale councillors for the unveiling of the third plaque of the Gracie Fields tourist trail in Rochdale. The plaque was unveiled on Milkstone Road, where Gracie regularly stayed when visiting friends and family.
Both Sue and Ben are huge fans of the late Gracie Fields and were thrilled to be invited to the unveiling. The event was followed by a look at some footage of Gracie singing and a collection of photographs and programmes at Touchstones museum, opposite Rochdale Town Hall.
The Gracie Fields tourist trail is marked by a series of purple plaques to be erected over the coming months in places that were significant in her life. There will be a total of eight plaques unveiled this year, followed by a statue of Gracie Fields erected close to Rochdale Town Hall in the summer.
The first plaque was unveiled in January in Molesworth Street, where Gracie Fields was born 118 years ago. The second was unveiled in February on Newgate House, the site of The Old Circus, where Gracie first performed on stage at the age of seven.