On the theatre frontage can be seen the name ‘G.S. Melvin’. This was George Spence Melvin who first appeared at Birmingham Hippodrome in 1908 and returned regularly until his death in a flooding accident on the River Thames in 1946.
He specialised in pantomime ‘Dames’ and was famous for the song ‘I’m Happy When I’m Hiking’ the unofficial anthem for the popular pastime of hiking.
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