Anthony Sargeant, School

Andy Pandy and the BBC

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This Christmas annual was published in 1960 linked to the successful toddlers television programme Andy Pandy. Anthony Sargeant found it among some boxes of books that he bought at auction to donate to the Oxfam bookshop. In fact only a small number of Andy Pandy episodes were ever made but because as each generation of toddlers went off to school there was a new generation coming along the BBC could just keep showing the same episodes. Tony has some slight personal connection insofar as Gladys Whitred who was a professional singer of some note and contributed to ‘Watch with Mother’ including Andy Pandy (and ‘Listen with Mother’ on the wireless) was the wife of  Wilf Hawkins, Tony’s Housemaster, Art teacher, and Ist XV Rugby team coach when Tony was a pupil at Haberdashers’ Aske’s in South London.

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