Anthony Bygraves

I am very mindful of all living things and sincerely respect their individual right to survive as we hope we will. I have adopted the humble Water vole as my nominated mammal to protect and I wish them well as a species and may they enjoy an unthreatened life ahead

The story so far …

Born in London on February 22 1947, Anthony’s first stage appearance was aged four alongside his father, Max, in pantomime at the London Palladium.

At seven years old he appeared in the motion picture ‘Charlie Moon’. Age 11 he worked with Eddie Fisher in a TV special. As well as acting he showed keen interest in music and writing.

Leaving school to play drums for his father on a world tour, he appeared in a Royal Command Performance aged 16. In 1967 Anthony set up his own theatre company in the south-west of England and worked as a straight actor performing Shakespeare to stand up comedy. He has appeared on numerous television shows and in feature films.

During the mid 70s he was signed to a TV and CBS music as a songwriter working in London and Los Angeles. He has achieved two-goal discs as a record producer having songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Perry Como, the Seekers and, of course, his Father Max.

He has recently cowritten a film that is in pre-production at the newly formed Colourblind Films. He collaborates with long-term writing partner David Reilly. They have just had their first children’s book ‘Puukula’ promoting whale conservation published online and there are plans in the pipeline for its cartoon animation.

A recent personal project has been producing the double CD compilation Max Bygraves Remembers a musical biography of his late father’s life and show business career spanning 65 years. He currently presents a tribute to show based on his own life and showbiz the experiences with his father Max. When not writing radio jingles or producing songs Anthony acts for the variety club and other charities including Alzheimer society.

As a Water Rat the inevitable choice for Anthony’s endangered species was the water vole.
As we all know Ratty in ‘Tales of the Riverbank. was indeed a water vole.

Anthony says- ‘ Let the good times Vole ‘ …

“We are stardust,” Joni Mitchell famously sang in “Woodstock.” It turns out she was right, wasn’t she?

Everything we are and everything in the universe and on Earth originated from stardust, and it continually floats through us even today. It directly connects us to the universe, rebuilding our bodies over and again over our lifetimes. I believe that we are not only connected physically , but also spiritually to this wonderful planet we call earth and every living thing upon it is interdependent on each other.

We are Custodians of this fragile home in space and we owe it to ourselves , fellow creatures of all forms , to preserve what we have so that we will all survive. Providing we manage it well, not over stretch it’s resources and plant , instead of plunder, we hopefully will have a future for us and many more generations to come..

I am very mindful of all living things and sincerely respect their individual right to survive as we hope we will. I have adopted the humble Water vole as my nominated mammal to protect and I wish them well as a species and may they enjoy an unthreatened life ahead. We can all help and I fully support the ‘ No more Dodo’s ‘ project and it’s worthy objectives ends.

Anthony Bygraves
September , 2016

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