Thursday, January 01, 2009

1. Jimmy Saville. DJ and charity worker.
"I went down as a boy and came up as a man, if that's what we were told to do by the country to save the country, that's what we did."
2. Jock Purdon Folk singer/poet
Purdon stayed on in the Durham coal mines after the war.
"For me there was only three great generals:
Geromino, Alexander the Great and Arthur Scargill."
3. Dickson Mabon Moderate UK labour politician.
On his discharge in 1948 he went to the University of Glasgow to read medicine.
4. Brian, Lord Rix, Actor /manager, and president of Mencap.
Rix volunteered to leave the RAF to join the Bevin Boy scheme.
"I have never regretted the decision." He said.
5. Eric Morecambe Comedian.
Half of the comedy doble act Morecambe and Wise, Morecambe worked at a mine in Accrington for 11 months, which may have affected his health and led to heart attacks later in life.
6. Peter Schaffer Dramatist.
The author of Equus and Amadeus, he graduated from Trinity college, Cambridge.
7. Alf Sherwood Footballer.
Went to win 41 caps for Wales.
8. Gerald Smithson Cricketer.
While serving as a Bevin boy, smithson was called into the Test cricket team for a tour of the West Indies.
9. Peter Alan Raynor Numismatic Author
Raynorwas conscripted into the mines during World War 11.
10. Peter, Lord Archer Former member of Parliament.
of Sandwell.
Represented both Rowley Regis and Tipton, and latterly for Warley West. Solictor General for England and Wales from March 1974 to May 1979. Also chaired the Enemy Property Claims Assesment panel.
11. Sir Stanly Bailey Police Officer.
Former chief constable of Northumbria police.


dickiebo said...

Sir Stanley Bailey and I used to sit next to each other at many day-long meetings, chatting away. He ALWAYS, on EVERY occasion, gave me one of his business-cards. Dunno why!
I had a very good pal, Bill Aslett, who was a D.C.I. in the South Wales Police. On completing his police service, Bill became Head of Security for the National Coal Board, Wales. His assistant was a very quiet, unassuming character, who I got to know quite well. A nice man. Although I knew his name, of course, I did not ever realise who he was until Bill one day mentioned the fact that he was THE Alf Sherwood!!! I was gabberflasted! He was a household name in Wales, yet never even mentioned to me that he had ever even played football. Now that is true modesty for you. A wonderful man.

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