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The Rank Gongman bangs the paper disc

by | 22nd, November 2012

THE new Gongman of J Arthur Rank’s films is Chris Rowley from Stoke. The Rank Organisation is marking its 75th birthday at London’s Grosvenor G Casino.

The Gongman was the brainchild of Charles M.Woolf’s secretary. In 1935, Woolf and J. Arthur Rank formed General Film Distributors. The Gongman would outlive them all.

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Rowley follows in the tight pants of:

William Thomas Wells, better known as, Bombardier Billy Wells (August 31, 1889 – June 12, 1967, an English heavyweight boxer. He was the second ‘Man with the Gong’.

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Ken Richmond took over form Wells: He told us “If you hit that gong, you would have gone straight through.” The Olympic wrestler (Olympic bronze in the 1952 Helsinki games) was paid £100 to pull on those shorts and glisten.

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The three medalists for heavyweight wrestling in the Olympics Games in Helsinki. Left to right: Bertil Antonsson of Sweden (silver medal), Arsen Mekokishvili of the Soviet Union (gold medal) and Kenneth Richmond of Great Britain (bronze medal). 25/07/1952

Carl Dane, a circus strongman who hit the gong from 1932 to 1948.



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