When I was at primary school, aged between 7 and 11, we would sometimes get famous people visiting our school (Woodingdean Primary School). This proved an ideal opportunity to collect more autographs. First up is Chris Carter, and I remember him giving a talk in the school hall. It was very exciting seeing him, he had taken part in the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, making the semi-finals of the 800 metres. He was quite an idol to all us children and we enjoyed listening to him and being able to get his autograph. He was a policeman I recall, and was nicknamed ‘The Running Policeman’.
Another addition to my collection was the M.P. for Wimbledon, Cyril Black. I don’t exactly remember seeing him, it could have been at school or at church. He was a prominent member of the Baptist denomination, and I was attending a Baptist Church at the time. He was the M.P. for Wimbledon from 1950 until he retired in 1970.