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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd July 1989 Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe was born in West London.
23rd July 1986 The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II , was married to Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey.
23rd July 1975 Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, premieres in London
23rd July 1966 England beat Argentina 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Semi-Finals.
23rd July 1947 Born today: David Essex, London, rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day)
23rd July 1946 Born today: Andy MacKay, London, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away)
23rd July 1940 Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
23rd July 1900 Pan-African Congress meets in London
23rd July 1863 Alexandra Park opens in North London
Meeting of The Damned
This is where The Damned's Captain Sensible & Rat Scabies met.
Location: Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG
Description: The Damned Drummer Rat Scabies (Chris Millar) and Captain Sensible (Ray Burns) met in December 1974 while working at the Croydon Fairfield Hall. Both ended up sacked but their mutual love for music and hijinx had endeared them to each other.
They then played the Halls for the first time in December 2002, 25 years later.
He said: It's been 25 years but I've finally done it. I remember saying to my work mates, One day I'll play on that stage'.
Now I'm going to achieve the goal I set myself so long ago.
The door remains open for Captain Sensible to return to his original job if he wants to: The management at Fairfield said they'd hold the job open for me if the show business thing didn't work out but it has so I won't be cleaning again.
However, I did say I would inspect the toilets on the night of the gig to see if they have kept up the excellent standards of my day!