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Ernie Mayne was born in Topsham, Devon, in 1871. During a lifetime on the Halls, he played a range of pantomime dames, including Mother Goose. He was responsible for some 180 songs between 1898 and 1928. He weighed in at about 20 stone, had red hair and a bad temper! How do I know? He was my grandfather. He died in 1937, which was before I was born, so I'm basing this on my father's and uncles' memories.
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