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The Will Hay Appreciation Society

The Will Hay Appreciation Society is crowdfunding

raised of £1,000 target by 68 supporters

Weʼre raising £1,000 to fund a me-moore-ial to Moore Marriott, the Old Man of British Cinema.

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Following our successful fundraiser for a Buggleskelly bench, the much needed restoration and repair of Will Hay's grave, and a memorial plaque to Graham Moffatt in August 2019, we are now focusing our efforts on 'The Old Man of British Cinema', Moore Marriott.

Moore Marriott starred in hundreds of films, throughout the silent era and into the 1940s, most famously playing the old man 'Harbottle' in the Will Hay films, and a similar character in films with the Crazy Gang and Arthur Askey.

Before his work with Will Hay, Moore was already a prolific character actor, and even starred in 'The Flying Scotsman' (1929) the earliest British film made with sound.

Rather like Clive Dunn and Wilfrid Brambell later, he became typecast as playing old men when he was still relatively young. He had a special set of artificial teeth which he would put in to play his 'old man' characters. He had no teeth in real life and took four different sets of false teeth with him to achieve variety in his characters.

The Will Hay Appreciation Society would like to honour Moore's memory in 2020 with a memorial unveiling around what would be his 135th birthday, 14th September.

We have ideas for plaques in various places but details are still to be finalised, we just want to get the ball rolling for now with some funds.

Any money raised above the target, or left over if it comes in under budget would go to our Will Hay memorial appeal, as we aim to fund several more memorial plaques throughout the UK to Will Hay and his co-stars Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt.

Find out more and join the Will Hay Appreciation Society at

The Marriott Family Archives

Would you like to see more Moore than you've ever seen before!?

The Will Hay Appreciation Society's very own Steve has been granted special permission to photograph the private Marriott family archive, which includes personal photos of Moore Marriott, and 'behind the scenes' photos from his hundreds of films, including those of his co-stars Will Hay and Graham Moffatt.

Moore's family have given us permission to upload the photos to a private Facebook group, and if you would like to view them, all we ask is a donation to our memorial appeal

After donating please request to join the private group here:

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    • Janice


      Jun 3, 2020

      Flowers for Bill


    • Julez CJ

      Julez CJ

      Jun 3, 2020

    • Sam


      Jun 2, 2020


    • Jean cowan

      Jean cowan

      May 8, 2020

      About time he had recognition Wonderfull Wonderfull actor


    • Alan Shaw

      Alan Shaw

      Apr 30, 2020

      He didn’t have much luck with plaque when he was alive so he deserves one now!


    • Nolan Ayers

      Nolan Ayers

      Apr 30, 2020


    • Anonymous


      Apr 5, 2020

      In memory & thanks for all the wonderful Will Hay films that were made years before my birth.

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