George Deighton

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George Albert Deighton was born Albert George Webb in Ipswich, Suffolk 1869. He first came to Guernsey in 1911, to be the manager of St Julian's Theatre. Although only in the island for less than four years, he loved the island and people so much that he wrote a poem entitled Guernsey Dear, and asked Domenico Santangelo to set it to music. He soon composed the romantic waltz tune which was given the name Sarnia Chérie and thus, Guernsey's National Anthem was born.[1]

It was in the St Julian's Theatre that Deighton was to be given a benefit night; he thought it a good idea to have the song performed there for the first time and it was in November 1911 that "Sarnia Cherie" was first performed.


  1. The Song - How It All Began, Sleeve notes from the sheet music
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