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Song, Dance and Ugly Faces

28 March 1980
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Song, Dance and Ugly Faces

Gurners Gordon Albert Jones, Left, and Mel Taylor, giving the Mayor of Burnley a sample of their face aching abilities.
The back ends of buses felt positively debonair as Gordon Albert Jones and Mel Taylor squared up to decide the title of Britain's Champion Gurner. the contest of facial contortions was part of a fund raising effort at Lowerhouse Mills Club in aid of Burnley General Hospital's Children's Ward, and Blackburn Orphanage. The Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley were among the guests who enjoyed an evening of song and dance. The children of St. Mary's Oswaldtwistle provided the dancing and a number of artistes sang. The gurning championship was decided by three judges including consultant Dr. W. Turner. Despite the support given the Welsh contender, Mr. Gordon Jones, from the 36 supporters he brought with him, from Cwmbran, the ugliest man on the night was Rosegrove's Mel Taylor. During the evening, Mr. T. Emmanuel, who organised the trip from Wales presented the Mayor of Burnley with a letter from the Mayor of Cwmbran. Mr. Jones gave the Mayor a set of cuff-links and presented the Mayoress with flowers. The president of the management committee at Lowerhouse, Mr. C. Brooks, said the evening had been a great success. His daughter, Joanne, also made a presentation of flowers to the Mayoress. More than £300 was raised as a result of the concert.