The Book Launch Event of On The Buses: The Complete Story
My writing career began with the publication of On The Buses: The Complete Story published by Apex Publishing Limited and I was to organise a book launch event on Saturday the 3rd of October 2009 which was to be one of the proudest moments of my life.
The venue was The London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, London and it was to prove to be a great day. In attendance were family and friends and On The Buses fans and a plethora of On The Buses celebrities. The late Ronnie Wolfe (co-creator and co-writer of On The Buses) graced the event and said a few words and also present were actors and actresses Harry Fielder, Avril Gaynor, Patricia Clapton, Olivia Breeze, the late Hal Dyer and Cheryl Hall.
It filled me with great pride to stand before an audience with such people held in high esteem amongst them and talk in depth about the book. Although the experience of doing such a thing was totally new to me I would like to think I carried myself well throughout the day.
It is certainly a day I will always remember with great fondness.
Meeting The Stars
At the book launch event of On The Buses: The Complete Story i did not expect the chance to get time on my own with the attending celebrities. I realised I would be much sought after to chat, sign copies of the book and answer questions. It therefore came as a great surprise when I received a message from good friend and event photographer Cliff Harris that Hal Dyer had invited me to a glass of wine in a bar adjacent to the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. I was thrilled.
Within minutes I was in the company of Hal Dyer and her son and daughter. She was, of course, the wife of the late Michael Robbins (who played Arthur in On The Buses) and appeared in the hit sitcom herself. Hal was charming and down-to-earth and she related quite a few facts about Michael and his reason for leaving On The Buses. It was great chatting alone with her and it is a moment I will always cherish. Sadly, Hal passed away just over three years later but I will always remember that few minutes with Hal with great fondness.