Thursday, 26 July 2012

July 2012 Edition.



July 2012 edition


The victories in this year’s Tour de France by Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, so ably supported by fellow-stage-winners Chris Froome and David Millar, must surely represent the pinnacle of not only British cycling excellence, but indeed of British sporting excellence in general.

It should not be forgotten, however, that most of these victors have strong links with a number of British former colonies and Commonwealth countries. Chris Froome was born in Kenya and brought up in South Africa; David Millar was born in Malta and brought up in Hong Kong; and even Bradley Wiggins himself had an Australian father.

These links with Commonwealth and former Empire territories have not been uncommon among leading British sportsmen and women over the past few decades however. Both the England cricket and rugby union teams have bristled with those brought up in South Africa (mainly from the days of civilized rule) such as Alan Lamb, Robin Smith, Kevin Pieterson, Matt Prior, Jonathon Trott, Mike Catt and Brad Barritt. Recent lawn tennis players who have represented GB have included Rhodesian born-and-bred Colin Dowdeswell, and Laura Robson who was born in Australia and brought up in Singapore. Even a number of leading Olympic medal contenders were born in Commonwealth and former Empire countries, such as Keri-Anne Payne and Beth Tweddle (South Africa), and James Goddard (the Seychelles).

We must emphasise here that we are not talking about “plastic Brits” who have no historical connections with the UK whatsoever. We are talking about those who, for want of a better term, we will call members of the British diaspora – i.e. those whose parents or grandparents came from the UK, and who can trace their British ancestral roots back over centuries.

But why is it that so many members of the British diaspora seem to excel to a far greater extent than the average native-born Brits? There are those who argue that it is all because of the environment – they have been brought up in warmer lands where it is far easier to train and to compete. We do not believe that the reason is quite so simple as this however. We believe that the greatest and best in our race - those who over the centuries have journeyed out from our shores to explore and to establish lands anew - are by very nature fired by the pioneer and adventurous spirit. In other words it is in their British genes!

Furthermore, we believe that this same spirit of adventure and imperial idealism will continue to be produced among the British people – even among those who are not themselves the descendents of earlier colonial pioneers. This national characteristic needs an ongoing outlet however, which ever since the post-WWII abdication of Empire has not been available. We must all start to “think big” therefore, and to advocate and to take steps to colonise afresh. The forthcoming London Olympics will undoubtedly prove to be an ideal catalyst for this renewed spirit of national invigoration!



The Springbok Club will be organizing parties to watch the following "free" events which will be taking place at the Olympic Games :-

1)      Wednesday 1st August - The Cycling Time Trials at Hampton Court (Women’s starting at 10.00 hrs, and men’s at 14.15 hrs).
2)      Saturday 4th August – Mens 20 km Walk (starting at 17.00 hrs).
3)      Sunday 5th August – Women’s Marathon (starting at 11.00 hrs).
4)      Saturday 11th August – Men’s 50 km Walk (starting at 09.00 hrs), Women’s 20 km Walk (starting at 17.00 hrs).
5)      Sunday 12th August – Men’s Marathon (starting at 11.00 hrs).

A number of supporters have asked us where exactly we plan to rendezvous for these events. Unfortunately we will not really know until the days in question themselves, but undoubtedly we’ll be trying to gather at points near to “giant screens” where the crowds are the smallest. Please ‘phone 07711188430 on the days near to the starting times to discover our precise locations.



In September it is anticipated that a re-launch meeting for the Hampshire Branch of the Springbok Club will held.

On October 20th a Springbok Club trip is being planned to see the newly restored Cutty Sark at Greenwich, after which we have been invited to join a Trafalgar Day celebration being staged by New Britain at one of the near-by nautical-themed pubs. More precise details of these events will be given in future editions of the SCN.

In November the Springbok Club will be staging its annual UDI Day dinner, at which it is hoped that a prominent ex-Rhodesian will be guest speaker.



The Swinton Circle will not be staging any activities during July and August because of everybody’s pre-occupation with Olympic and Paralympic activities. The organization is however encouraging all its supporters to join the Springbok Club parties being arranged to watch the various “free” Olympic events. The Swinton Circle will however be resuming regular monthly activities in September, when it will be addressed by a prominent former Conservative MP.

There has been much comment made about last month’s highly successful Enoch Powell Centenary Conference/Dinner which was co-hosted by the Swinton Circle, with many people asking whether another such full-day event was being planned for the future. It is certainly our ambition to be able to do so, especially as there are several other important anniversaries looming up which need to be celebrated. Such events don’t come cheap however, and last month’s function only went ahead because we received a most generous subsidy from one of our members. If anyone else is able to make a substantial donation in this regard then we can start organising right away. All donations to the Swinton Circle can now be made via PayPal by accessing the organisation's web-site at:  [Simply 'click' on the line "PayPal = The safer, easier way to pay online" at the bottom of the site's Home Page. If the error message "This content cannot be displayed in a frame" then appears simply 'click' on the line "Open this content in a new window".]


The Swinton Circle also now has a presence on Twitter, on which news about the organisation and policy statements are periodically posted. This can be found on Twitter@SwintonCircle.



New Britain’s Canada Day celebrations at the start of the month in both London and York proved to be great successes, with events in York proving to be particularly well attended.

The next major activity being planned by New Britain is its annual Trafalgar Day celebrations, which this year is provisionally planned for Saturday 20th October. This will involve the laying of a wreath on Nelson’s tomb at St.Paul’s Cathedral in the morning, followed by a celebration dinner with a prominent Naval guest speaker at a nautical-themed restaurant at Greenwich during the evening. Both the Springbok Club and the Swinton Circle have been invited to participate in these events, and more precise details will be included in future editions of the SCN.    



This of course will be the final appearance of this column before the actual 2012 London Olympic Games themselves, and we know that it has become a very popular feature of the SCN over the past year. We will of course be giving a review of the Games themselves – with accounts of the Springbok Club’s parties to view the “free” events in particular – in next month’s edition.

The Olympic Torch Relay is now of course reaching its climax, and we know that many of our supporters have already been able to view this spectacular sight – at places as diverse as Canterbury, Barnstaple, St.Leonard’s, Rochester and Holt in Norfolk. All of course have reported how inspiring this experience proved to be – not just the sight of the Torch itself, but the massive crowds with the resulting palatable patriotic fervour!

The Torch Relay itself seems to have gone without a hitch (except alas in Londonderry, where a group of odious Irish Nationalists prevented it from travelling part of the planned route – we wonder whether the obnoxious Irish Nationalist who disrupted the Springbok Club meeting in Belfast last year was involved with this further disgusting disruption in any way?), so everyone involved with LOGOC and organizing this event deserves the heartiest of congratulations. It also of course bodes extremely well for the smooth running of the Olympic Games themselves!



We have recently received the following most informative report from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force :-


Despite numerous reports and photos having been supplied to the authorities, the destruction of Chiredzi River Conservancy by illegal settlers continues unabated. It is now alleged that the settlers are putting together a petition to present to parliament requesting that all the elephants be shot as they are destroying their crops.  This is a very strange request in view of the fact that crops can't be successfully grown in this arid, unarable area.

Settlers have now started invading Oscro Ranch which is one of the last remaining areas of Chiredzi River Conservancy with no settlers. They are moving into the area, chopping down trees and building shelters. All these people have already taken land elsewhere in the conservancy. Reports are made daily to the police but they have not responded. It is alleged that war veterans are the driving force behind these invasions.


Rhino poaching in South Africa has reached shocking proportions with 448 killed last year and it is believed, around 110 killed this year already. A big thank you to the South African authorities who are making a huge effort to strike back at the poachers.

Five men, including 2 game farmers and game rangers have been arrested in a sting operation involving an alleged rhino poaching syndicate. The men arrested were Ewart Potgieter, Riaan Vermaak, Filemon Mbatha, Nkosinathi Sithole and Mduduzi Sithole.

In a stop-and-search operation by South African police, Joseph (Big Joe) Nyalunga, one of the most wanted men in the underworld of rhino poaching was arrested after being caught with 4 rhino horns hidden behind the seat of his car.

Four people were arrested in Bedfordview when they were found in possession of rhino horn after a car crash.

Five poachers were arrested at Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West.

Two men believed to be linked to several rhino poaching incidents in Kruger National Park were arrested after being found with a weapon and ammunition stashed under the seat of their car.

Three Mozambiquan citizens, Aselmo Baloyi, Jawaki Nkuna and Ismael Baloyi were sentenced to 25 years each after being found guilty of illegally hunting rhino in Kruger National Park.

Chumlong Lemtongthai and Marnus Steyl appeared in court after being accused of running one of South Africa's largest rhino horn smuggling syndicates wherein they used prostitutes to pose as trophy hunters.

A man has been arrested in Pretoria for illegal possession of rhino horns.

A driver, Sipho Mkhwanazi was sentenced to 3 years in prison or a fine of R10,000 for transporting rhino horns.

Two rhino poachers were shot dead in a follow up operation after eight rhino carcasses were discovered near Pretoriuskop and Lower Sabi.

Four government wildlife staff including a game ranger and a traffic policeman have been arrested for killing rhinos in the Kruger National park.

Three veterinarians and five other men appeared in court in connection with the wrongful possession and distribution of scheduled veterinary drugs commonly used in rhino poaching.


Sherwood Golf Club has committed itself to helping the environment by going green and one of their first projects is to plant up to 2000 trees. They are working hand in hand with COSMO Trust, the Monavale community organisation which maintains one of the few remaining wetlands in the Harare [Salisbury] area.

On Saturday, 3rd March, they held a tree planting ceremony at the golf course where trees, supplied by COSMO were sold to interested people. The trees purchased were planted on the golf course and tagged with the purchaser's name so that the buyer can monitor its growth. The money raised from selling the trees will go towards preserving the wetlands.

In addition to tree planting, Sherwood Golf Club is also using environmentally friendly fertilizers. They are actively involved with various organisations and individuals in cleaning up the environment by collecting materials for recycling.  Empty tin cans (beer or soft drinks) can be dropped off at the club where they will be stored for recycling.

The official tree planting ceremony was held at 12 noon and a talk was given by the Member of Parliament, Ms. J. Majome.

We would like to comment Sherwood Golf Club for the stance they have taken in helping to preserve our environment and we encourage other clubs to follow their example.



Derek Turner, the editor of Quarterly Review, recently had an excellently researched article about the sinister UN immigration big-wig Peter Sutherland published in the Daily Mail. It is well worth reading, and can be accessed at :-



We have recently been alerted to the fact that an old article written by the editor of the SCN has mysteriously appeared on the Internet, although no permission was asked in advance and we have no idea who placed it there.

We of course have no objection to it being placed on the Web, but it would have been nice to have been informed in advance – and it would also have been preferable it a better picture of the editor had been used (though at least this picture shows that he is considerably overweight however, and therefore couldn’t possibly be the thin person who appeared in pornographic smear photos which were circulated at the beginning of last year falsely claiming to be of him!). We are also quite disturbed by the fact that copyright for this article is apparently claimed by someone called Lindon Litchfield from Australia, who we do not know. We would assert, of course, that copyright can only be claimed by the writer.

This article, entitled “Why we got it wrong about the Afrikaners”, was originally written in 1992/93, shortly after the catastrophic 1992 constitutional referendum in South Africa. It was written in response to requests from British supporters at the time who were dumbfounded as to why South African Whites – and Afrikaners in particular – had voted so overwhelmingly for national suicide at this Referendum, and wanted to discover the reason why. Although never published in the journal which it was originally written for, it did mysteriously – and worryingly – subsequently appear in a very “butchered” form in the pages of an extremist publication, again without permission.

In this article it is argued that the Afrikaner people as a whole voted so overwhelmingly for national suicide because their patriotism was based mainly upon geography rather than upon race, and that they gave far too much unswerving loyalty to the three main institutions of Afrikanerdom (the NP, the NGK and the Broederbond), all of which had turned 180 degrees over the years and had been prepared to sell-out their people. Although now very dated, this article still comprises very useful historical background information, and can be accessed at :-



Find any South African, even those who have emigrated. We also search Botswana, Namibia and ex-Rhodesia/Zimbabwe.



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FLAGS etc.

The Springbok Club/ELC now retails Union Flag lapel badges and key-rings, price £2.00 each (plus 20% p&p).

Payments should be made to "The Springbok Club" and sent to: BM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX, UK., or via PayPal on the Springbok Club's web-site at

Copies of S.A.Patriot-in-Exile (editions 30 to 36) are still available price R5.00 or 50p each, as well as batches of 50 copies (including copies of the original S.A.Patriot) price R80.00 or £8.00 (plus 20% for p&p.)

Payments should be made to "Patriotic Press" and sent to: BM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX, UK.



"A POT OF SOUP" by Susan Gordon

This book is ready to order. Included is an A to W on soup and accompaniments. Alongside the recipe guidelines are photographs, illustrations, health tips, plus snippets on the past and London. It is ideally suited for the life styles of students, new cooks, seasoned cooks, those whose time is of the essence, those who do relish time spent in the kitchen and those tending towards a vegetarian diet. There is space to fill in with personal ideas and variations. Please spread the news that this colourful book on enjoyable winter food is now available.

To order please contact Susan direct at to arrange collection or delivery at £12.00 a copy, or forward a cheque for £14.35 made payable to S.Gordon at: 106 Bittacy Rise, Mill Hill, London, NW7 2HL, UK. Alternatively copies may be obtained via (click "bookstore", type "Susan Gordon" in the top box then click "search" and the book appears - no need to register) price with postage is £13.32, or via (new releases) type "A Pot of Soup by Susan Gordon".


"REDNECK P.I." a romantic suspense novel by Trish Jackson.

"Twila's a redneck and proud of it. Harland's a P.I. with a target on his back and a twin brother. An explosive situation!"

Available at in electronic format, and from in print and electronic format.


"LIEUTENANT COLONEL ALFRED JAMES TOMLINSON: MEMOIRS OF AN AFRICAN PIONEER AND BSAP OFFICER" is now available at, and can be shipped to anywhere in the world. This book contains excerpts from Lieut. Tomlinson's writings detailing his experiences as a member of the B.S.A. Police in Southern Rhodesia, where he rose from the rank of an ordinary trooper to retire as the commanding officer. It also includes the personal story of Majaqaba Ncube, a man who was enslaved by Lobengula when his entire village was massacred by the chief's soldiers. After he escaped, Lieut. Tomlinson saved him from certain death and gave him a job. They lost contact and were reunited after 45 years, when Majaqaba presented Lieut. Tomlinson with an earthenware jar.



ISBN: 978-1-920143-49-7 / paperback / illustrated
Retail price: R250.00, Web-site price: R200.00 + postage

The narrative gives the reader an overview of the history of the White man in southern Africa with detailed emphasis on the Rhodesian story through the life and times of PK van der Byl, one of the major players in a political drama that ended in the accession to power of Robert Mugabe under the auspices of the British government. By his very nature PK was controversial and confrontational. This account is likely to give offence to some because it portrays him as bluntly as he was in real life. Much can be contested about PK van der Byl but few will dispute he was an extremely colourful character with a devilish sense of humour. This memoir covers his life with a full flourish while doing nothing to detract from the seriousness of the international political and military conflict in which he was engaged. The reader will glean new information on a highly controversial subject and emerge with a more sympathetic understanding of what PK van der Byl and his colleagues did and strove for. The human tragedy that has followed the removal from power of Ian Smith and his Rhodesian Front party will almost certainly force the reader to deal with some uncomfortable conclusions, of value to anyone sincere about grappling with the volatile and deeply troubling challenges that confront all Africans today.

This book and others of interest can be purchased from 30 Degrees South via their web-site:


"BLUE WATCH" by Gwyn Fford-Osborne

Rhodesia, in 1975 and a bloody vicious civil war is at its height. A war between the White minority supported by the Black majority and the ZAPU and ZANU terrorist groups, supported by Zambia and Mozambique. Kensington, a small town in the farming belt has been the subject of several terrorist attacks but with only a small police force for defence, the local T.A. unit having been called up for service on the Zambia border the situation appears grim. Until Iffor Meredith turns up on a pilgrimage to meet up with his wife and son of his old army buddy, recently murdered by terrorists. A deadly ambush on the "Dix" family and his escape from a land mine attack makes Iffor determined to offer resistance of some form or other to the terrorists. His application to join the Rhodesian Army has been accepted and he sets about forming a small militia. With all the fit men already on call up, who can he recruit from. Then he's invited to a darts match at the Moth Club and meets up with the remnants of the town's Fire Brigade, the men considered too old for call up. Blue Watch.

Available from:


"THE SEVEN WATCHMEN" by David Ruppert

A new fascinating novel titled "The Seven Watchmen" by David Ruppert should appeal to South Africans and ex-Rhodesians. It can be ordered from Crest Publishing in South Africa at - or those abroad can buy it directly from David at It's also available on

Glenn MacAskill and Michael Bowery of Crest Publishing have also written three books each. Glenn MacAskill is ex-BSAP Special Branch and still working (as Mugabe has denied him any pension) and Michael Bowery is ex-South African Special Forces. Due to the difficulties confronting White writers in the "new" South Africa they launched Crest Publishing to self-publish their own books, and have been doing this since October 2006. Michael Bowery is author of: "Canham's Run", "The Sligo Piper" and "Kill the President", whilst Glenn MacAskill is author of: "King's Gold", "Crime Lords" and "Of Royal Blood". Special discounts to ex-servicemen, Rhodies and Springboks!

For more information, or to make an order, please contact Crest Publishing at: P.O.Box, 97910, Petervale, Transvaal, 2151, South Africa, e-mail:, or visit the Crest Publishing web-site at:


"THE SAINTS" - DVD versions of the book about the history of the RLI

Now available from Msasa Enterprises. Contact: or UK tel.: 07732 685400.



No.164:  Mr. IAIN RICHARDSON of Suffolk

Iain Richardson wrote to us several years ago expressing great interest in the work of the Springbok Club. He was at that time based in Woodbridge, Suffolk, but subsequently informed us that he had moved to near-by Ipswich. A few months ago his e-mails started to be returned however, and when as a result we wrote to his last known postal address this was also returned as he was evidently no longer living there. If anyone can inform us of either his new e-mail address or his new postal address then we would be most grateful.



We have featured the FreeNations web-site in this column previously, but we would now like to recommend a specific YouTube video produced by FreeNations featuring a speech given by Rodney Atkinson, the founder of the organisation. It can be accessed at :-





Mr. Taylor’s letter in last month’s SCN was spot-on both about Enoch Powell’s genius and the mistakes made by successive Conservative Party electoral colleges in deciding new leaders.

My only disagreement concerns Enoch Powell’s alleged anti-Americanism. Enoch Powell was never anti-American per se. He became aware during WWII that the FDR administration was seeking the disintegration of the British Empire and worked tirelessly to expose this fact. He was also totally opposed to the Eisenhower administration, which he felt stabbed Britain and France in the back over Suez (Eisenhower was of course never a true Republican, receiving the GOP presidential nomination in 1952 only because he was considered the only candidate capable of beating the Democrats). Enoch Powell did however write a very favourable revue of a biography of LBJ – which isn’t really surprising as he fully supported Western intervention to stop the spread of Communism in Vietnam. He also fully supported the Thatcher/Reagan alliance. I have no doubt that had he lived until the 21st Century he would have been a staunch admirer of the Anglophile George W. Bush.

Yours etc.,

“Powellite”, London, U.K.




George Galloway I regard him as the worst mainland MP since D.N.Pritt and Captain Ramsey, and was struck by his being elected by a kind of Muslim bloc vote. I'd say that this proves that Enoch was right when he said that we were building our own funeral pyre. That these people were admitted with Labour's support reminds me of Shakespeare - 'tis sport to see the engineer hoist by his own petard!
Yours etc.,

M. Taylor, London, U.K.




Media coverage of the new South Africa has been muted at best, rarely focusing on ANC-sponsored anarchy. Indeed South Africa, once a rich and prosperous pro-West first-world nation, has decayed into anarchy over the past few years. There is rape every 26 seconds – only one in 35 of which is reported. In 1998 the official South African rate was 104.1 rapes per 100,000 people. In the U.S. it was 34.4 per 100,000. The “rape generation” of Black males aged 20 to 29 have around a 40% HIV infection rate according to some estimates. Many young Blacks erroneously believe that if they rape a virgin they will be cured of AIDS.

Yours etc.,

John Carruth, Kent, U.K.



A supporter has recently informed us of a very interesting web-site concerning someone who has caused us considerable problems over the years, namely Mr. Arthur Kemp.

Kemp, as most readers will recall, gave every impression of being a staunch supporter of our movement whilst we were still based in South Africa, even writing for our original S.A.Patriot magazine on a fairly regular basis under various pseudonyms. At that time we regarded him as an authentic friend who shared our own mainstream right-of-centre Conservative views. We were however warned by colleagues from the Transvaal not to touch him with a bargepole, as he was believed to be working for the NP-government’s security services in order to spy on the White opposition.

After we were forced to leave the disintegrating South Africa and had re-established our movement in exile, we soon began to realize that these warnings about Kemp should have been listened to, for it became clear that he had simply been “handed over” to the “new” South African security services - albeit that he had dropped his former mainstream image and was adopting a new off-the-edge neo-Nazi persona. Most worryingly, however, he was clearly heavily implicated in a number of smear vendettas and dirty-tricks campaigns aimed at our movement, the most sickening being the concocting and circulating of disgusting fabricated pornographic pictures which were falsely claimed to feature the editor of the SCN.

With this in mind the recent web-site which we have been alerted to proved particularly interesting, as it concerned a widely-circulated photograph of Kemp wearing an effeminate shirt and a “Brokeback Mountain” hat, whilst sitting alongside a swastika and eagle statuette – which by all accounts Kemp was claiming had also been “PhotoShop doctored”. At first therefore we thought that Kemp had been hoisted by his own petard – but then, hey, wait a minute – when read further it is revealed that far from being “PhotoShop enhanced” this picture of Kemp had been examined by experts and shown to be completely genuine (unlike the concocted pictures he circulated trying to smear us, which have now been examined by two experts and confirmed as being faked)! A further most interesting aspect is a comment left on this web-site by Kemp’s first ex-wife (he is now evidently twice married and twice divorced) in which she confirms having taken pictures of him at various places in Germany connected to Hitler and the Nazis! Although this web-site is clearly written from a left-wing perspective (and we must radically disagree with their pigeon-holing of the Conservative Party of South Africa) it is still well worth a read, and can be accessed at :-

Ever since Kemp betrayed his former Conservative Party friends in South Africa and revealed himself as a neo-Nazi sympathizer, he has associated himself with two very obnoxious phoney organisations. Firstly there was the anti-English AWB outfit in South Africa, which of course was set-up by the NP-establishment in order to divide and discredit White opposition to their sell-out plans (Kemp wrote a universally-panned hagiography of this bunch of clowns, which was sinisterly published just prior to the vital 1992 Constitutional Referendum). Secondly, after he mysteriously relocated to the UK circa. 1997, he became associated with a small group of malcontents with totally mixed-up political views who became colloquially referred to as “The Sickly Clique” (they revolved around a now defunct organisation weirdly called the “Conservative Democratic Alliance”, which seemed to spend most of its time running-down and attacking mainstream patriotic organisations).

Over  the past couple of years, however, a very odd series of events have befallen leading personalities in these two phoney groupings which Kemp was associated with, namely :-

·        Eugene Terre’Blanche (the leader of the anti-English AWB outfit): killed by two of his farm-workers on 3rd April 2010, after apparently refusing to pay them for sexual favours.
·        Michael Keith-Smith (the leader of the “Conservative Democratic Alliance”, who threatened unsuccessfully to sue the editor of the SCN for alleged libel): committed suicide by flinging himself from the top of Portchester Castle on 3rd July 2010.
·        Ian Anderson (another leading member of “The Sickly Clique”, who once included a libellous smear article attacking us in his obscure broadsheet): died of apparently natural causes on 2nd February 2011 aged only 57.
·        Fred Rundle (a leading spokesperson for the AWB outfit and close personal friend of Kemp, who was implicated to the spreading of the fabricated pornographic pictures): committed suicide by taking a drug overdose on 1st February 2012.
·        Anthony Hancock (an anti-Semitic holocaust-denying printer, who evidently printed many of Kemp’s tangled and tortured books): died on 11th June 2012 aged only 65, officially from a stroke, but actually termed “slow-motion suicide” after months of self-neglect.

Perhaps the Gods are trying to tell Kemp – and other remaining members of “The Sickly Clique” – something!




Eric Sykes, the greatly loved Lancashire-born comedian, who sadly died earlier this month aged 89, will not only be remembered as a great show-business legend, but also as a great British hero.

He fought with distinction with the RAF as a wireless officer during WWII, and was actually present at the German surrender on Luneberg Heath. It was whilst serving in the RAF that he discovered his talent as an entertainer, particularly as a comedy script-writer. Following the end of WWII he quickly became a much sought-after comedy writer, both for rep’ and for radio. A chance appearance on screen in 1960 revealed his talent for not only comedy writing but also for comedy acting however, and from then onwards his career never looked back.

Eric Sykes’s humour was never crude or smutty. He had the ability to make people laugh – whether by writing or by performing – without recourse to lavatorial references or bawdy language.

His television sit-com partnership with Hattie Jacques was probably his best remembered achievement, but of perhaps greater long-term importance was his stage partnership with Jimmy Edwards. Jimmy Edwards was another deeply patriotic comedian (he had stood as Conservative Party candidate for Paddington during the 1960s), and together they produced one of the most successful theatrical comedy shows ever – Big Bad Mouse. They toured all the major Commonwealth countries with this show, but against the admonishments of the then Labour government and the threat of expulsion from Equity, this tour also included the then Rhodesia – at that time in technical rebellion following UDI. This brave act of defiance gained both Eric Sykes and Jimmy Edwards great admiration from all British patriots – and so great was their fame and popularity that no-one dared to enact the previous threats against their careers!

Eric Sykes will be sorely missed, but the enduring memory of his humour, decency and patriotism will live for ever.


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