Arthur Lucan’s life explored in new book

The new book
The new book

A book about the life of former Boston and Sibsey man and screen icon Arthur Lucan has been published.

The Man Who Was Old Mother Riley, by Robert V. Kenny, chronicles the life of the stage and screen actor.

Creator of the Irish washerwoman character Old Mother Riley, Lucan was born in Sibsey in 1885. He later moved to Boston with his parents.

It was while working at Shodfriars theatre that he got the urge to perform.

Last year a special plaque was unveiled on the side of the Shodfriars building.

Author Dr Kenny described the book as the first ‘full, proper academic study’ of the life of Lucan and his wife Kitty McShane. Many of his surviving relatives are thought to still live in the area.

The book can be bought from Boston Old Times, in Silver Street, and via Amazon, priced around £19.