Talk:From Tales of a Page to London’s Loveable Villain at Richmond upon Thames

Talk, Wed 29 Sep 2021

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Richmond Local Studies


London Borough of Richmond upon Thames,

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'London’s Loveable Villain' is about Andy’s great uncle, Hammersmith-born Wrestler and Triple Lifesaver, Chick ‘Cocky’ Knight. Chick lived in Castelnau, Barnes for many years, and saved 2 people from drowning in the Thames at Hammersmith in June 1930.

After 2 years of campaigning and a petition he will finally be getting a plaque to commemorate his double lifesaving feat. Chick was also a Soldier, a Boxer, a film stuntman and extra, a Doorman, Security at Kensington Palace and also to Rocky Marciano one time in London. Chick Knight is the only British sports person who was a triple lifesaver.

'London’s Loveable Villain' was recently featured on Robert Elms BBC Radio London programme. Chick was introduced to readers in Andy’s first book, 'Tales of a Page', which was about his late Father’s time working as a Page at The Dorchester Hotel in the early 1950s.

Born in Mortlake, (and living for most of his life in Barnes) the book details the early years of his Father’s working life at the prestigious hotel, and some of the stars he encountered during his time there. It tells of a unique time in London and the hotel’s history.

As featured on the Jo Good show on BBC Radio London and ITV London News.

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Wed 29 Sep 2021 19:00


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Map reference: TQ 180749  Lat: 51.46121 Long: -0.30180

Depending on the given area.
Tube stations within the borough: Kew Gardens and Richmond
South West Train stations: Barnes, Barnes Bridge, Mortlake, North Sheen, Richmond, St Margarets, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Fulwell, Hampton, Hampton Court, Hampton Wick, Whitton.
Fast trains from London Waterloo to Richmond and Twickenham, via Clapham Junction. Semi-fast trains also stop at Putney. All stations are served by slow trains from London Waterloo.