Mel's Punch & Judy passion
“THAT'S the way to do it!” A familiar cry on British sea fronts for many years.
Punch & Judy may seem somewhat dated in the computer age, but not to Wellesbourne entertainer and comedy magician Mel Harvey, who is spearheading a revival of the 350 year old art.
His passion for Punch and Judy, established when he first saw the show aged 6 in Weston-super-Mare, has led to a household full of puppets of Mr Punch, wife Judy, the Policeman and the Crocodile.
But he regularly packs them up and takes them for a trip to the seaside and elsewhere to perform.
Mr Punch is known to millions for knocking things on the head – literally - hitting whoever crosses his path with his stick while uttering the famous refrain "that's the way to do it".
But while there is no definitive Punch & Judy story, the show has changed in recent years to conform with more politically correct modern tastes.
The typically violent play has been performed in England since 1662 - having originated in Italy - when it was mentioned in Samuel Pepy's diary.
'Thence to see an Italian puppet play that is within the rayles there, which is very pretty, the best that ever I saw', wrote Mr Pepys.