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      Famous People (where you come from)

      Just having a look on the council website for Sidcup (Bexley) and found out quite a few famous people have come out of Bexley.
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      Allison, Malcolm

      Malcolm Allison (born 1927) the football player, coach and manager, lived in the borough and in his early days played for Welling and for Erith and Belvedere. His promising career as a centre-half was ended prematurely by a bout of tuberculosis in 1958. Up to that time he was on the books at Charlton Athletic (1945-51) before joining West Ham United (1951-58) where he scored 10 goals in 238 league appearances. He became a flamboyant and much travelled coach and manager seldom seen without a wide-brimmed trilby hat and a cigar. His most successful period is generally considered to be as assistant manager to Joe Mercer at Manchester City (1965-72), the strongest era in that club's history.


      Backley, Steve

      Steve Backley: Athlete. MBE 1995, OBE 2003. The holder of Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth medals for the javelin event was born in Sidcup in February 1969. A member of the Cambridge Harriers, he turned to the javelin after starting as a cross-country and 800 metres runner. He is the first British athlete to have won medals in three consecutive Olympics, though he never managed to win an Olympic gold medal. He has been successful at three Commonwealth Games and has been European javelin champion four times. His unique record of success was attained in spite of damaging his vision in an accident while still at university.


      Bush, Kate

      Kate Bush, the singer, songwriter, pop artist, producer and filmmaker, was born Catherine Bush at Bexleyheath in July 1958. She is known for her exceptional four-octave vocal span and for her strange but haunting songs, always presented with a lush production style. Her highest chart success came with her first hit, Wuthering Heights, which was No.1 in the British charts for four weeks in 1978, and gave her a claim to fame as the first woman to top the UK chart with a self written song. She has achieved success and critical acclaim for the albums she has since produced. She studied piano and violin at St Joseph's Convent grammar school, Abbey Wood where she was spotted by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. She signed a contract with EMI when aged 16.



      Crawford, Michael

      Michael Dumbell-Smith, known as Michael Crawford, the actor, was born in 1942 in Salisbury, but after his mother's re-marriage in 1945 he came to live in Bexleyheath where his stepfather managed David Greig's grocery store. He has worked on radio, television, stage and film. He became a household name as Frank Spencer in the TV series Some Mothers Do 'ave 'em which ran from 1973-8. He has appeared on the West End and Broadway stage in musicals such as Phantom of the Opera and Barnum. He was awarded the OBE and named Variety Club's Showbusiness Personality of the year. His first notable public appearance was aged seven as a choirboy at St Paul's Cathedral. He played Sammy in a school production of Benjamin Britten's Let's Make an Opera and was later hired by Britten to play the same role in a professional production at the Scala Theatre in London's West End, alternating with another boy.


      Dahl Roald

      Roald Dahl (1916-90), author of books for adults and children, lived in Hurst Road, Bexley. Many of his stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) have become classics. He also wrote screenplays, for the Bond film You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (adaptations of novels by Ian Fleming), and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, from his own work. During World War II he joined the RAF (14 of the 16 men he joined up with later died in air combat). He fought in the North African and Mediterranean campaigns before being invalided home in 1942 and later transferred to Washington as Assistant Air Attaché. He wrote of his war experiences and this set him on his successful career as an author. For 30 years he was married to US Film actress Patricia Neal. They divorced in 1983 and he subsequently married Felicity Crosland, to whom he was married until his death at Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.


      many more here


      Bet you can't beat that:yes:
      it happens a lot everywhere in the world...

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      Good try Senor but not quite good enough......


      Captain E.J. Smith
      Captain of The Titanic

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      Enoch Arnold Bennett
      Novelist

      Enoch Arnold Bennett was born on the 27th May 1867 at 90 Hope Street, Hanley. He was the son of Enoch Bennett, a Burslem man who was at the time a pawnbroker, seeking to improve his station in the pur
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      Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister
      Singer & Guitarist

      Ian Fraser Kilmister was born in Stoke on Trent on December 24th 1945. Better known as Lemmy he was the founding member of the rock band Motorhead. He acquired the nickname 'Lemmy' during his school d
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      Josiah Wedgwood
      Pottery Entrepreneur

      Josiah Wedgwood was the boy potter who transformed his trade from small-time craft to full-scale industry. Wedgwood was the 13th and youngest son of a family who lived at Burslem, Staffordshire. From
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      Oliver Lodge
      Scientist

      Oliver Lodge was born in Penkhull, near Stoke-on-Trent. Lodge was a complex mix of scientist, humanitarian, academic and spiritualist. The Professor of Physics and Mathematics at the University Colleg
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      Reginald Mitchell
      Designer of the Spitfire

      The city of Stoke-on-Trent has many connections with Reginald Mitchell, designer of the WWII Spitfire aeroplane. He was born in Butt Lane in the neighbouring borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme and in the
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      Robbie Williams
      Singer

      Robbie Williams was born in Tunstall, near Stoke-on-Trent, on the 13th February 1974. Williams was always confident and very outgoing, and it came as no surprise to people who knew him when fame did e
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      Saul 'Slash' Hudson
      Rock Guitarist

      Saul Hudson was born on July 23rd 1965 and raised in Stoke-0n-Trent until the age of 11 when the family moved to Los Angeles. He is better known as Slash, the former lead guitarist of hard rock ban
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      Sir Stanley Matthews
      Legendary Footballer

      Sir Stanley Matthews was a right winger and was considered by many to be the greatest dribbler in the history of football.Matthews began his professional career in 1931 and played at various times for
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      nice one tilly not sure you should be boasting too much about the capitain of the titanic though:eek:
      Unfortunatly for you I have saved by best until last; none other than Brian Cant. Went to my primary school he did:yes:
      it happens a lot everywhere in the world...

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      Unfortunatly for you I have saved by best until last; none other than Brian Cant. Went to my primary school he did:yes:

      You knew someone was going to say this, didn't you... Brian who?

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      Brian in his prime.

      Recently after receiving a bafta.
      it happens a lot everywhere in the world...

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      I forgot Anthea and Wendy Turner!

      Also went to school with Robbie Williams, lived in same town, went to same places etc...his bezzie used to live opposite my Nan. Shared a 'peck on the cheek' one NYE at the catholic club teenagers disco as did half the female population of our home town at some point! Always was a ladies man.....aaaahhh memories I dont like to brag but BEAT THAT ALDO

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      Also Clarice Cliffe
      Clarice Cliff

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      Clarice Cliff (20 January 1899 - 23 October 1972) was an English ceramic industrial artist active from 1922 to 1963.
      Cliff was born in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, England.


      attended same primary school as my daughter

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      Remember Bruno Brookes? another famous Stokie, also that bloke off Top Gear who nearly died, forget his name...

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      ted heath Fat Heather from Eastenders lives in Swanley but is often seen eating in the Toby Carvery in Crook Log (bexleyheath)

      Heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis used to fight under the moniker of The Crayford Destroyer prior to going to Canada in his early years. His family were still living in Crayford when he won his title.

      Emma Noble the actress/model who married ex PM's John Major's son James lived off the Foots Cray Road with her parents.

      Delia Smith went to Bexleyheath school there as did ex-footballer and TV pundit Andy Townsend who was in my sisters class. Delia actually failed her food GCSE and got a grade G!


      Teddy Sheringham plays snooker at in Pickford Lane and is believed to live in Danson.


      Boy George came from Shooters Hill.My mate was going out with his sister sibian (shavon is that how its spelled?)

      Beppe Di'Marco from eastenders lives facing crook log sports center

      Bernie Ecclestone used to run a used car business in Bexleyheath.

      the late Lenny Mclean,Britains hardest man lived in bexleyheath.Known as "The guvnor" he would be seen jogging around Danson park and later appeared in brit gangster movie "Lock stock and two smoking barrels" playing "Barry the baptist"

      William morris (some poet or something)

      Brush strokes's Karl Howard once lived above The copper Kettle pub, namely the Prince Albert!!

      The old Granny who used to be a Soviet spy

      Nearly forgot Jimmy Bullard (premiership footballer) I used to drink with his dad and once copped hold of his big sister ;)
      it happens a lot everywhere in the world...

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      well miss tilly (i snogged robbie williams) floss beat that!

      BTW how many celebs live where you live now? hmmmmm?
      it happens a lot everywhere in the world...

     

     
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