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I know my place
Visitors of a certain age to the recent Manchester Cleaning Show could be forgiven for doubling up with laughter as they passed the Greyland stand.
Why? Because when MD Richard Dyson was lined up with colleagues Gary Scully (centre) and James Brough (right) it evoked memories of the famous Frost Report TV sketch of 1966 featuring comedians John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.
The TV sketch has been described as a "Genuinely timeless sketch, ingeniously satirising the British class system."
Cleese, tall, City-suited, and wearing a bowler hat, represented the upper class; Barker, of average height, wearing a lounge suit, the middle class, and Corbett, short in stature, wearing flat cap and scarf, the working class.
Each in turn describes their social advantages and disadvantages, and contrasts them with their neighbours in the line up, an effect emphasised by the actors' relative heights as they look downwards or upwards to each other:-
Barker: "I look up to him (Cleese) because he is upper class, but I look down on him (Corbett) because he is lower class."
Corbett: "I know my place."
The TV sketch may be viewed here: www.bbc.co.uk
In reality, and setting the sketch on its head at Manchester, the medium height Gary Scully who represents Greyland in Ireland, and the diminutive James Brough, sales manager, are both considered middle class, while the very tall Mr Dyson in the John Cleese position, is of course a working class Northerner only just out of his clogs.
Dyson: "It's fun doing business with Greyland."
Scully: "I'm Irish, we always have fun."
Brough: "I know my place. It's at Greyland."
Richard Dyson adds: "After golf in Manchester '16, Dook the duck in London '17, we thought we would be briefer with the comedy routines in Manchester 2018."
Greyland is now entering its 20th year of continual growth and following significant investment and increased capacity is actively looking for new Distributors.
If you would like to see how much fun it is working with Greyland, why not place a trial order for their Premier Maximum line up that also featured on the stand, and enjoy the best prices and fastest order to delivery cycle in the industry.
19th April 2018