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Old 14-03-2018, 20:14   #1
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Jim Bowen

Jim, whop died yesterday, came to Accrington Grammar School late, having moved here from the Wirral. He was a helluva character. He stoo0d as an idepednet in the 1955 mock election , polling 91 votes, which was more than some others - a sign of his popularity. He left aged 16 with no GCEs, but retuned in the September to achieve some passes, which took him to Teachers Training College. He then worked locally before becoming a full-time comedian.
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Old 14-03-2018, 20:48   #2
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His wife, Phyllis was our PE teacher at Woodnook Secondary school...she was only little but my goodness she was fierce.
Rest in Peace Jim...you made me laugh.
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Old 14-03-2018, 23:36   #3
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Sad to hear, it seems me and a long term friend we seem to text about celebs dying, which as we get older seems to happen more... Ken Dodd, Stephen Hawkins and Jim Bowens - and that's just recently..............
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Old 15-03-2018, 08:58   #4
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There's an excellent obituary in the Daily Telegraph today, though it doesn't mention him being Jim Whittaker. His middle name was Brown, though he usually used only the letter B. That B, when added to his wife's maiden name of Owen, became Bowen.
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There's an excellent obituary in the Daily Telegraph today, though it doesn't mention him being Jim Whittaker. His middle name was Brown, though he usually used only the letter B. That B, when added to his wife's maiden name of Owen, became Bowen.
Quite amusing reading the part about his wife's maiden name becoming his stage name, it makes me think of how his early life as a "School Teacher" played a part in his later life on TV, the name that links the two is BULLY.
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Old 19-03-2018, 17:06   #6
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Was lucky enough to see Jim at Martholme Grange probably over 30 years ago. The room was full to the seams and he had everybody laughing.
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