From collection of F H Brindley
Brindley, F H (Sheffield and District News Pictures, 973 Abbeydale Road)
c 1930s ?
About this image
Sir Harry Lauder (wearing a tartan scarf) and friends pose for the camera outside the Fox House Inn. The sign over the door advises that the hostelry is a 'Retailer of Wines & Spirits, Ale, Beer & Tobacco' with 'Parties Catered for.' The proprietor is Colin James Knights. Despite the fox depicted on the sign, the building actually took its name from a Mr Fox of Callow Farm, Highlow.
The photographer's original caption tells more of the story behind the picture: 'Sir Harry Lauder, only Holiday for some time, being spent in Derbyshire. Snap today Nr Grindleford, Hope Valley.'
The following is taken from Wikipedia: 'Sir Henry "Harry" Lauder (1870-1950) was a Scottish music hall and vaudeville theatre singer and comedian, and a substantial landowner.
He was perhaps best known for his long-standing hit I Love a Lassie and for his international success. He was described by Sir Winston Churchill as 'Scotland's greatest ever ambassador!' He became a familiar world-wide figure promoting images like the kilt and the cromach (walking stick) to huge acclaim, especially in America. Other songs followed, including Roamin' in the Gloamin, A Wee Deoch-an-Doris, and The End of the Road.
By 1911, Lauder had become the highest-paid performer in the world, and was the first Scottish artist to sell a million records. He raised vast amounts of money for the war effort during World War I, for which he was subsequently knighted in 1919. He went into semi-retirement in the mid-1930s, but briefly emerged to entertain troops in World War II. By the late-1940s he was suffering from long periods of ill-health and died in Scotland in 1950.'