Since most of the posts are of a musical nature, I remember coming home for lunch while attending Beckenham & Penge Grammar School in Penge, and dropping autograph books off at Bill Wyman's home just over the road from where I still live in Birkbeck Road. Bill would invariably come to the door in cords and bedroom slippers, take the books and I'd collect them a few days later signed by all of the Stones. The whole family watched their first TV appearance on "Ready Steady Go" in 1964 and they regularly all used to turn up in a dirty old Bedford van, jump out and run into Bill's. The story goes that Mick Jagger used to shin up the drainpipe at the front of the house and pull faces at the old lady living in the upstairs flat!
Great Rolling Stones story Pete!
I can relate to the shinning up the drainpipe bit as my father used to live in a similar house on Blandford Road, they were maisonettes apparently with one family upstairs and one down.
YES it was ...although we only ever played one gig with him and hundreds as just the Burnettes.......there is a very good book called ROCKIN CROYDON that documents the band scene at the time very well..............cheers brian
Hi again Brian (for the attention of Brian Vickers). I have tried to add a link (below) to the Wickham Goes Pop poster I have, posted elsewhere on the site, showing your band's name (The Burnettes) and mine, The Aces. I hope you get to see it, if you haven't already, and that the link works OK. If not, let me know and I will send you a copy of the poster.
I also was born at Stonepark Hospital in 1945, went to Marian Vian, Hawes Down and liived on Aylesford Ave. I remeber a V2 rocket standing outside the Regal just after WW II. The cafe nect to Lathamn's had a wonderful mural on the wall. Also served fabulous fish and chips. The ownwers were Pete and Ida. I was a member of 1903, Penge, Sqaudron ATC and my Dad was a Flying Officer in the RAFVR attached to the squadron. I played in the band and every Sunday moring we would march from the Victorian house on the corner of Penge High St. that housed us to a school in Anerly. Fond memories
I would be interested if you have any photos or memories about your time as a cadet at 1903 Squadron. Please send any info to email@example.com