So many household names lost to us

A redundant Blackpool tram in Havant goods yard between 1964 and 1966.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

A streetcar named Hayling Billy would have run on saved line

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It is amazing that we are only three months into 2013 and several household names have been lost to us. Not all are mentioned on the news so I include a few here.

Kenny Ball we lost a fortnight ago, but just as well known was Terry Lightfoot the jazz clarinettist.

Tony Gubba, the football commentator for Match of the Day plus other sports, died last week.

Bobby Rogers of the Miracles and Bobbie Smith of the Detroit Spinners, two Motown groups of the 1960s and 70s have also died in the last fortnight.

No doubt you will all remember Are You being Served, the BBC sitcom set in the Grace Brothers department store.

The floorwalker was Captain Peacock, a man full of his own importance and played by Frank Thornton. He’s died too.

When he left the RAF after the war he joined the Southsea Rep so he must have known the local theatres very well.

Norman Collier the northern comedian has also died, aged 87. He was always on top form but was dumped by television when the ‘modern’ alternative (and mostly unfunny) comedians emerged in the 1980s. He went down a storm in the 1971 Royal Variety Show. A very funny man.

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