||FREDA BROWN REMEMBERS SPIN A DISC
(Picture - Muriel Young, Freda Brown and Kathy Kirby).
Undoubtedly one of the key factors of 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' massive success was the light-hearted, jury lead, Spin a Disc segment of the show. Television Heaven is therefore indebted to Freda Brown, who as a two-time panellist has been kind enough to share her first hand memories of appearing on the show:
"I got to know Alan Freeman (not the DJ -the producer of 'Spin a Disc'), after being chosen to go on the panel alongside the 'Oi'll give it foive' girl, Janice Nicholls. The other panellist on that particular show was Trevor Machin (where are you Trevor??) As I lived near Alan in London, he drove me down to the Aston Studios in Birmingham, where 'TYLS' was filmed, in his comfortable, dark red jag. After that first appearance he said that whenever I wanted to go to the studios to watch the show, he would arrange it for me. He also arranged for a friend of mine to appear on the panel about a year after I had been on, and whilst we were all in the studio canteen, Brian Matthew asked me if I would like to go on the panel - I told him that I'd already had my go, but he arranged for me to be on again the following week and lucky for me, my favourite singer, Craig Douglas, was also on the show, along with singer/actor Mike Sarne of 'Come outside' fame. I confess, I began to feel quite at home in that studio! I also cheated - panellists were supposed to be teenagers and I was 21!
On the show - July 21st 1963- were The King Brothers, Joe Brown, Kathy Kirby and The Clyde Valley Stompers. Pete Murray shared the presenting with Muriel Young. Alan wasn't able to take me back to London, but arranged for me to share a car with Kathy Kirby. The Clyde Valley Stompers also offered me a lift in their coach - and as I had been getting on rather well with Ian - the Bass player - I accepted their kind offer! On one occasion, I met another panellist called Dianne Vero, we became friends and used to meet up as we both lived in London, then she casually mentioned that she was the Beatle's secretary!! I look back now and I'm amazed that all these things happened to me - just an ordinary Yorkshire lass - but I was besotted with Show Biz and spent all my youth intent on meeting the 'stars' and I was very, very lucky in that I met so very many."
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