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Was The Grass Greener ?

By Fefe
Another "During the War" candid image, think this is series coming to a close shortlyWink
This fella browsing the secondhand stall sure looks like "Greengrass" from TV series Heartbeat. Taken in Pickering "war weekend" and Slightly aged this time, so many colours in this photo I didn't want to lose. Thankyou everybody for recent votes and commentsSmile

Tags: Candid Digitally manipulated Pickering War weekend Portraits and people

Voters: CarolG, achieverswales, Len1950 and 15 more


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CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
29 Jan 2012 4:17PM
What a wonderful stall, full of 'goodies', and that definitely is Greengrass Grin. Very well captured. Carol

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achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
29 Jan 2012 4:52PM
Love it Diane.
Greengrass was played by Bill Maynard, a fine comedian and actor, some info on him!

Walter Frederick George Williams (born 8 October 1928), better known by the stage name Bill Maynard, is an English comedian and actor.
Maynard was born at 5 Oak Cottages, Heath End, Surrey, and attended Kibworth Beauchamp Grammar School in Leicestershire, and started as a variety performer, taking his professional surname from an advertising board (billboard) for Maynard's Wine Gums, a popular British confectionery at the time. He was placed fourth in the UK heat of the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest. With Terry Scott he appeared at Butlins Holiday Camp in Skegness and partnered him in the TV series Great Scott, It's Maynard!.
In 1973 Maynard worked with television actor and comedian Ronnie Barker in the (original) "Football Blues" which aired as "Spanners Eleven" and was part of a series called Seven of One. In 1975 he had a film role as Yorkshire farmer Hinchcliffe in It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet. At this time, he starred in the Yorkshire Television sitcoms Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! where he played the eponymous lead role and for playing Fred Moffatt in The Gaffer. In the 1970s he also played small roles in some of the Carry On films, including Carry On Matron (1972) and Carry on **** (1974).
In 1984, Maynard stood against Tony Benn in the by-election at Chesterfield as an Independent Labour candidate. It was his only foray into politics and was purely to try to prevent Benn winning the seat and thus re-entering Parliament. Benn won the seat; Maynard took fourth place.
Maynard published his autobiography The Yo-Yo Man in November 1975 (by Leicester's Golden Eagle books). and "Stand Up...And Be Counted in 1997 Publisher: The Breedon books Publishing Company limited. In 1992 he returned to Yorkshire Television and began playing the lovable old rogue Claude Jeremiah Greengrass in the popular and long-running television series Heartbeat, remaining in the show until 2001, and its spin-off series The Royal until 2003. Maynard became very popular for his portrayal of the money-making old farmer, and the role of Greengrass probably made him beloved by the whole of Britain. In Europe, Maynard is still very popular for his portrayal in "Heartbeat".
Having originally retired from acting in 2000 following a series of strokes, he made a comeback to radio presenting in March 2003 for BBC Radio Leicester where he had last worked in 1968. His show, called Bill of Fare, aired every Sunday afternoon from 2–4 pm for nearly five years, until he was dismissed without notice on 5 February 2008.
In October 2009 he made a return to the stage when he appeared as the main Guest of Honour at the Pride of Bridlington Awards held in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Maynard was introduced to the audience by British politician the Rt Hon Greg Knight MP, who praised his work and described the actor as "one of Britain’s best-loved comedy stars". Maynard made an entertaining and amusing speech and was mobbed by the audience, showing, even at 81, that he was still held in great affection by the public. On 15 October 2010 he appeared on The Alan Titchmarsh Show, where he revealed that the BBC had asked him to change his last name, so as he was walking around London, he saw a poster with Maynards Wine Gums, written on it so he said to himself "That'll do", and that's how he became known as Maynards winegums.

He has lived in Leicestershire for many years. Maynard married Muriel Linnett on 5 November 1949 and they had two children. She died in June 1983. In 1989 Maynard married Tonia Bern, widow of Donald Campbell, they did divorce, as he said in a interview in The Daily Express about his time in Heartbeat. Maynard is a vegetarian. His son is Martin Maynard Williams.
Maynard is now confined to a wheelchair having suffered from multiple strokes. He remains in regular contact with fellow Heartbeat actor and friend, Derek Fowlds.

Regards

Trev.
Fefe Plus
5 23 31 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 5:12PM
Wow, Thankyou trev for all that info, Amazing you know so much, I remember him being in "oh no it's Selwyn Froggitt", That was so funny, they dont make them like that anymoreSad
Diane
posty57 9 6 2 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 7:29PM
Another wonderful image Diane, but what a story from Trev. I see a Wikipedia Mk2 starting here Smile

Barry
saeidNL 7 3 Netherlands
29 Jan 2012 8:38PM
Fantastic and great capture,very well done,
saeid
29 Jan 2012 9:17PM
Again wonderful, with your complementary processing


David
mhfore 10 6 176 England
30 Jan 2012 11:20AM
He certainly does Diane, a nice capture with only one thing to add to Trev's amazing comment and that's, Good pf. Grin

Martin
superb candid capture,well done.ray
gonzalito 7 32 13 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2012 11:58AM
Great street capture - and i do love street photography!
Excellent!
18 Nov 2014 9:58PM

Quote:Love it Diane.
Greengrass was played by Bill Maynard, a fine comedian and actor, some info on him!

Walter Frederick George Williams (born 8 October 1928), better known by the stage name Bill Maynard, is an English comedian and actor.
Maynard was born at 5 Oak Cottages, Heath End, Surrey, and attended Kibworth Beauchamp Grammar School in Leicestershire, and started as a variety performer, taking his professional surname from an advertising board (billboard) for Maynard's Wine Gums, a popular British confectionery at the time. He was placed fourth in the UK heat of the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest. With Terry Scott he appeared at Butlins Holiday Camp in Skegness and partnered him in the TV series Great Scott, It's Maynard!.
In 1973 Maynard worked with television actor and comedian Ronnie Barker in the (original) "Football Blues" which aired as "Spanners Eleven" and was part of a series called Seven of One. In 1975 he had a film role as Yorkshire farmer Hinchcliffe in It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet. At this time, he starred in the Yorkshire Television sitcoms Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! where he played the eponymous lead role and for playing Fred Moffatt in The Gaffer. In the 1970s he also played small roles in some of the Carry On films, including Carry On Matron (1972) and Carry on **** (1974).
In 1984, Maynard stood against Tony Benn in the by-election at Chesterfield as an Independent Labour candidate. It was his only foray into politics and was purely to try to prevent Benn winning the seat and thus re-entering Parliament. Benn won the seat; Maynard took fourth place.
Maynard published his autobiography The Yo-Yo Man in November 1975 (by Leicester's Golden Eagle books). and "Stand Up...And Be Counted in 1997 Publisher: The Breedon books Publishing Company limited. In 1992 he returned to Yorkshire Television and began playing the lovable old rogue Claude Jeremiah Greengrass in the popular and long-running television series Heartbeat, remaining in the show until 2001, and its spin-off series The Royal until 2003. Maynard became very popular for his portrayal of the money-making old farmer, and the role of Greengrass probably made him beloved by the whole of Britain. In Europe, Maynard is still very popular for his portrayal in "Heartbeat".
Having originally retired from acting in 2000 following a series of strokes, he made a comeback to radio presenting in March 2003 for BBC Radio Leicester where he had last worked in 1968. His show, called Bill of Fare, aired every Sunday afternoon from 2–4 pm for nearly five years, until he was dismissed without notice on 5 February 2008.
In October 2009 he made a return to the stage when he appeared as the main Guest of Honour at the Pride of Bridlington Awards held in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Maynard was introduced to the audience by British politician the Rt Hon Greg Knight MP, who praised his work and described the actor as "one of Britain’s best-loved comedy stars". Maynard made an entertaining and amusing speech and was mobbed by the audience, showing, even at 81, that he was still held in great affection by the public. On 15 October 2010 he appeared on The Alan Titchmarsh Show, where he revealed that the BBC had asked him to change his last name, so as he was walking around London, he saw a poster with Maynards Wine Gums, written on it so he said to himself "That'll do", and that's how he became known as Maynards winegums.

He has lived in Leicestershire for many years. Maynard married Muriel Linnett on 5 November 1949 and they had two children. She died in June 1983. In 1989 Maynard married Tonia Bern, widow of Donald Campbell, they did divorce, as he said in a interview in The Daily Express about his time in Heartbeat. Maynard is a vegetarian. His son is Martin Maynard Williams.
Maynard is now confined to a wheelchair having suffered from multiple strokes. He remains in regular contact with fellow Heartbeat actor and friend, Derek Fowlds.

Regards

Trev.




A great capture, and a great story from Trev. I too was very fond of Bill Maynard as a character actor, and I remember seeing him live in the early '60's at the Lido theatre in Cliftonville (Margate, Kent) where he did a stand up comedy spot.
Don

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