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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th October 1988 Smile Jamaica concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London

16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England

16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)

16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.

16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)

16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.

16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)

16th October 1925 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.go to related location

16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.go to related location

16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn

Barry Sheene's Childhood



Barry Sheene's Childhood

The childhood home of bike racing legend Barry Sheene.

Location: Queen Square, Holborn

Description: This is where British motorcycling legend Barry Sheene (1950-2003) grew up with his family.

His father was an engineer and worked here in the workshop of the Royal College of Surgeons, living in a four-bedroom flat in the same square that came with the job. In the week he kept the machines running in the College and at the weekend he pursued his hobby of squeezing the best out of racing bikes. He raced the TT five times before retiring in 1956.

Frank and wife Iris had a daughter Margaret in 1945 before Barry joined them in 1950.

It wasn't long before he was railing against authority and once pulled a prank on a friend at school by drinking his fathers liquor cabinet, which resulted in his friend having his stomach pumped and the wrath of his parents and headmaster.

Barry hated school and prospects looked bleak upon leaving. He found jobs as messenger and delivery drivers and at the weekend helped his father with mechanics and engine work, and came to gain a reputation for speed while testing.

The rest is history and the British World Champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer remained as champion from 1977 to 2015. His flamboyance, untamed hair and devil may care attitude made him a natural star.




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Barry Sheene's Childhood

The childhood home of bike racing legend Barry Sheene.


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