Monday 25 August 2014

Richard Attenborough 1923-2014

Goodbye Richard, you were one of the good guys in many ways and gave your all to what you believed in.  You were a fine actor and director as well as contributor to all our lives.  What interests me is who may have been influences that played at least a small part in your later life.

The picture above is the staff of the Wyggeston Boys Grammar School in 1933.  In the second row and standing, sixth from the left is "Doc" Outram, short and slight with a small moustache and eighth, Cecil Dunford, taller and bigger, with a button upped jacket.

Outram was an English teacher who believed in the power of words and the beauty and strength of the English language.  Dunford was a distinguished minor artist, with an eye for landscape, distance and colour and also an artist veteran of the First World War.

You did them proud.

1 comment:

  1. I liked him best in Séance on a Wet Afternoon, but Brighton Rock was good too.