Rose Parker, one of Happy Tom Parkers' grand-daughters. My
father Henry Thomas Parker, was Happy Toms' eldest son, born in
Sheffield on December 10th 1899.
I am the youngest of five children, two
boys, Raymond and Derek Leslie and three girls, June, Malita May
and myself. born to Henry Thomas and his wife, Jane also a
Henry Thomas Parker
"My dad, Henry Thomas Parker, left home as a
13-year-old to 'tread the boards' in theatre. He played the
juvenile lead in the play 'The Speckled Band' when he was 14 yrs
old. An old press cutting describes him as a talented
youngster with a promising future.
He further performed in Music Hall and in
'On The Bounce' under the name Jolly Tom Parker. He was
thereafter known as 'Uncle Jolly' by his extended family.
During the 2nd World War, he entertained the
troops abroad in the guise of comedian, musician and dancer. In
1943 he took over the post of manager director at the Palladium
Theatre Edinburgh under his new professional name of Roy Don.
Sylvia Parker Northcott, Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland:
May 8, 2013