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My Slough

by John Evans

  I was born in Slough and lived in cumberland avenue farnham road till 1967 before moving to london. Returning to the area in 1974- and then moving to Wokingham in the 1980s. The Slough of my youth meant tree lined streets ,many clubs for youth activities ,very easy to obtain work and change jobs due to the free enterprise activities of the trading estate, which easily supported social services, and the area was awash with council property for people unable to buy property. My street contained in the fifties English,Welsh,Scottish, Irish ,Polish , German ,Indian, African even American .Just to point out that multiculturism is nothing new to slough -the only difference being numbers. However the main reason for my writing is to mention a few people -some close friends who are never mentiond in the roll call of personalities or talented peole from Slough. Cliff Hall-Keyboard player, session musician played with just about everyone-latest being with the Shadows and often with Cliff Richard . Randy Jones World renowned jazz drummer Drummer with Dave Brubeck Ray Caple-Well respected Matt artist in the movie industry credits include Hammer Horror movies ,Raiders of the lost Ark ,Alien, Superman and many more.(tribute on website) Johnny Butts Jazz Drummer, tragically died in an accident in the Bahamas in 1966 .Resident Drummer at Ronnie Scotts club,played with Johnny Dankworth,Humphrey Littleton,and many more houshold names . appeared in a short sequence in the movie "The Servant" .Going to join Count Basie had he lived ! Peter Brander -Boxer in the record books as being one of thefew if any to win the ABA title 3 tmes. At least two of the people he beat went on to become professional champions or near Peter did not accept the many offers to turn professional had he done so many believe he would have become a world champion. Ralph Miller- Slough town football player turning professional and playing for Charlton in the 70s. and not to mention all the other talented people and not so that it was a pleasure to know. John Evans

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