He’s been a star for as long as I can
grown up with him – we all have. Films, records, television,
radio and theatre. You name it – he’s done it – brilliantly.
Max is Water Rat number 524. He was proposed for our Order by Donald
Peers, seconded by ‘Wee’ Georgie Wood and initiated on
27th September 1953. The King Rat back then was Ben Warriss with
Preceptor being Fred Russell.
As one half of The Simmons Brothers I am proud to have worked with
Max over the past few years. Sitting out front after we had ‘done
our bit’ I can only say I was privileged to witness a master
class in comedy timing and stagecraft. He had the audiences in the
palm of his hand and kept them there for the whole hour plus of his
Thanks Max – not only for all you have done for the Rats – but
also for a wonderful sixty years in this crazy business we all love
At a time when age seems to be a predominant factor - especially
in television – you prove that there’s no substitute
for talent and experience.
Long may you continue.
KING RAT KEITH SIMMONS