Tuesday 14th April, 2020
In these sad times, we have had to say goodbye to many lives. However to many people my age there have been three people who have passsed away who have made an impact on our formative years.
I’m not a big fan of motor racing, however in the seventies, the banter of Graham Hill and Sir Jackie Stewart at the annual Sports Personality of the Year Awards was a must watch.
A hero to both was Stirling Moss – undoubtedly one of the great racing drivers of all time. He had a few near death experiences along the way of his ninety years but that did not stop him from living life to the full.
Another great influencer of his sport was Peter Bonetti. Nicknamed ‘The Cat’ he was one of the great goalkeepers for both Chelsea and England. His daughter attended our school and we always joked that she would be a great ‘catch’. Pele named Bonetti as one of the top three keepers of soccer which is some achievement.
The dreaded virus sadly took the life of Tim Brooke-Taylor. First gaining prominence through the Cambridge Footlights, he was a household name thanks to The Goodies but it was his contribution to the greatest Radio comedy programme of all, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue – at which he excelled.
His partnership with Barry Cryer over many decades was a joy and his wit and timing were so great that he performed literally for generations.
May all three rest in peace.