Derek Herbert and the George Formby Story



When I’m Cleaning Windows
“Ooooh,if you could see what I can see”

Chinese Laundry Blues (Mr Wu)
“Naughty eye that flickers!”

When you’re smiling
“There’s nothing like a smile”

Little Stick Of Blackpool Rock
“Ooooh give us a nibble!”

Leaning on a Lamp Post
“Oh me, oh my”

“Thank you for a great night. Everyone was saying how much they enjoyed it. Especially seeing me make a fool of myself! The older guy who had the Fez on had a great time. We have never seen him laugh that much before. Thank you again, your George Formby tribute was really good.”

Allan W. Gray-WM Westhoughton Lodge 4215

“If you are looking for an accomplished and talented speaker, Derek is your man! Derek is a talented and versatile performer and we wholeheartedly recommend him for your event.”

Rotary Club

“Derek Herbert made a valuable and entertaining contribution to the ‘Liverpool Blitz 70’ Event There is no doubt about Derek’s competence. Derek switched several times  from the commanding persona of Winston Churchill to the cheeky chappy musician, George Formby. Those 1940s jaunty classics were delightfully entertaining which Derek replicated so well.”

D-Day Revisited, Chester

"We were extremely pleased with our entertainment on Thursday. EVERYONE enjoyed Derek giving his George Formby Tribute . Derek came to the venue early and greeted the members as they arrived - which pleased them enormously! I think the members enjoy an entertainment rather than a serious talk - called escapism!"

Stockton-on-Tees Ladies' Luncheon Club

"Thank you for bringing back happy memories of watching George Formby on stage and his many films.I can safely say that all the members of the Club thoroughly enjoyed your humorous entertainment, banjo playing and singing"

John Mitchell, Chairman. Malpas Supper Club, Market Drayton

"Thank you, Derek, for making it a lovely day for Dad, Mum, my Auntie and all the guests at Lower Edge Day Care Centre (Rastrick). They loved your George Formby Tribute"

Christine Beal

"Thanks Derek-you were great as a special guest artiste with your variety act and George Formby tribute in our “Those were the Days” show at Leeds City Varieties Theatre"

Liz Coggins, On Stage Productions

“Thanks for entertaining guests with your George Formby Tribute recently for Remembrance Weekend at Mold Ex Servicemens’ Club. They thought you were amazing!”

Sandra Johnson-MD Anfield Agency

“The feedback has been very positive for our first 1940s show - thanks Derek for your George Formby Tribute Show .We hope to work with you in the future.”

Darron Abbott. ACE (Arranging Community Events) - Boston

“Dad had a lovely time on Sunday watching and listening to you singing and playing aka George Formby.Thank you very much to Derek for adding to dad's special 90th birthday celebrations... we'll see you again when he reaches 100!!Take care, Thanks again.”

Jayne Routledge

“Our group thoroughly enjoyed the most animated entertainment and tribute to George Formby - a character close to most Manx hearts-given by Derek Herbert at our last meeting of the year.”

Isle of Man Ladies' Luncheon Club

“Dad had a lovely time watching and listening to you singing and playing aka George Formby. Thank you very much to Derek for adding to Dad's special 90th birthday celebrations... we'll see you again when he reaches 100!!"


“Thank you Derek for making Dad’s 100th birthday party so special with your George Formby Tribute. He sang along with every song and was overwhelmed to meet Mr Churchill as well!"


“Great performance Derek for guests during their "West End to Warner" break. Your George Formby Tribute and Winston Churchill Talk went really well. Hope to have you back in the future"

Tom Evans. Entertainment & Experience Manager Gunton Hall, Suffolk-Warner Leisure Hotels

“We had a fantastic afternoon Derek-thank you for your great George Formby show. We’ll be having you back soon! "

Carol Howard, Warrington Pensioners’ Club

“I spoke with my clients and they both had a fabulous night, thanks for contribution of George Formby. I passed on your regards to them and they have asked me to say a huge thank you for making the night."

Andy Gaskell Entertainments

“I’m delighted to say that we’ve had some lovely comments from residents over the weekend who thoroughly enjoyed the Variety evening.  Your ukulele playing was very impressive Derek!.”

Alison Parry-Hollymere Retirement Village, Ellesmere Port (Your Housing Group)

"What an entertaining and enjoyable George Formby Tribute Derek performed for the Christmas meeting creating a true festive spirit! - Highly recommended"

North Staffs Women's Conservatives

“Just a short note to say how much everyone enjoyed Derek's wonderful "George Formby" Tribute. Everyone joined in the singing and laughed at his jokes, so can't be bad.”

Staffordshire Country Markets

Well done,Derek, on your “George Formby Tribute” contribution to our "Salute to the 1940s" show”.

Gary Birtles - Groovy Gazza Productions / Salute to the 1940s

“What a an enjoyable entertainment at our recent meeting. Derek brought alive the memory of George Formby to those who remember him and introduced the great entertainer to younger members. Thanks again.”

Leasowe W.I.

“Thank you very much for a very entertaining evening with your tribute to George Formby.”

Diane J Nichols (Chairman-Rainford Parish Council.)

“We thoroughly enjoyed Derek's George Formby Tribute  and so far, only received really good reviews. It was a pleasure to have you at Sherwood U3A and hope to see you again in the future, definitely!”

Regards Marilyn Stubbs

“You made the client's retirement party special with the George Formby Tribute. Thanks Derek"

Scott Jordan Entertainment

“Thank you Derek for your contribution to Armed Forces Day both as Winston Churchill and George Formby-it was great"

Natasha Wagstaff, Events Manager - Sheffield City Council