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)