Those of us who have attended a summer fete, school fair, Scout jumble sale etc will know that often to try to enhance the event a local or sometimes even national “celebrity” of fairly dubious fame will be brought in. Maybe an event with a slightly higher profile will have a genuine star. Believe it or not, an old event programme I have just received can boast three bona fide screen stars.
It is a programme for the “Sunflake Fair” in London in aid of the Sunshine Fund for Blind Babies, October 1966. Opening the fete was “Pussy Galore” herself from Goldfinger – Honor Blackman. And pulling the raffle prizes are two genuine film stars: American screen legend and WWII Naval war hero Douglas Fairbanks Jr and the very British Jack Hawkins (Zulu, Lawrence of Arabia, The Cruel Sea and many more).
While doing a bit of research on this item I also discovered that Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy, Fried Green Tomatoes, Cocoon, The Birds etc), who to me always seemed very American, was actually born in Hackney and married to Jack Hawkins for 8 years. In the immortal words of Maurice Micklewhite, “Not a lot of people know that.”