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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th March 1947 Singer and pianist Elton John born today in Pinner, London.
25th March 1946 Heathrow Airport officially opened by Lord Winster, the Minister of Aviation.
25th March 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers)
25th March 1843 Brunel's Thames Tunnel is finally opened to the public.
The Entertainer's School
King of the Game Show - Bob went to school here
Location: Dulwich Common, SE21 7LD
Description: Robert Alan Monkhouse OBE - also known as 'Bob Monkhouse' was born on 1 June 1928 and sadly died on 29 December 2003.
As an English entertainer, he was also a successful comedy writer, comedian and actor and was well known on British television as a presenter and game show host. Monkhouse was famous for his quick ad-lib and one-liner jokes.
Bob Monkhouse was born in Beckenham, Kent the son of Wilfred Adrian Monkhouse, who died in 1957 and Dorothy Muriel Monkhouse nee Hansard. Monkhouse's father was a prosperous Methodist businessman who owned Monk and Glass, which made custard!
And so to this very location - 'Dulwich College' - where Bob spent his school days, and from which he was later expelled. Bob wrote for the comics The Beano and The Dandy and subsequently drew for Hotspur, Wizard and Adventure comics. Among other writing, he wrote more than 100 Harlem Hotspots porn novelettes...
Monkhouse was appointed an OBE in 1993, he succumbed to prostate cancer on 29 December 2003.
A brilliant English entertainer - one of the greats!