Daredevil Book Signing


Me with Dick Sheppard at St Michael’s Tower at Then & Now book signing, 21 July 2012.

When I was a kid in the 1970s daredevils were all the rage. The most famous was, of course, the legendary Evil Knievel: he was exotically American, wore spangly suits and had a tendency to jump stonking great big motorbikes over canyons. Personally I preferred Eddie Kidd, he was only a few years older than me and he was English.

However, if you are of that era and lived in Gloucester, we had our own daredevil hero: Dick Sheppard. Along with the glamorous and sadly recently departed Jacqui de Creed he was a bona-fide stuntman and a local Gloucester boy.

Well, I had the honour of meeting this schoolboy hero recently. On the Saturday before last (21 July) I was doing a book signing event for Gloucester Then & Now at St Michael’s Tower on the Cross when he walked in and asked me to sign a book for him! In what kind of crazy world is such a thing possible!

(Many thanks to Marilyn Champion from St Michael’s Tower for the photos)


Me with Dick Sheppard and Ken Jacques (photographer) at Then & Now book signing


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2 Responses to Daredevil Book Signing

  1. janh1 says:

    Nice one, D! Dick Sheppard is a legend. Get hold of a copy of his book too – awesome and sometimes hilarious read. Dick’s boyhood puts Just William to shame. 🙂

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