Just back from The Heritage Foundation’s plaque unveiling and lunch at Teddington Studios in honour of John Sullivan, a much-missed friend and, of course, the writing genius behind Only Fools and Horses, Just Good Friends, Citizen Smith, Dear John, The Green Green Grass and more.
The plaque was unveiled by Only Fools stars Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst in the presence of John’s family and colleagues and friends including John Challis (Boycie), Sue Holderness (Marlene), Roy Heather (Sid), and The Green Green Grass stars Ella Kenion, Jack Doolan and Pete Hepplethwaite and a host of fans.
The plaque unveiling was followed by a lunch and John’s long-time producer and friend Gareth Gwenlan paid a moving tribute to John’s remarkable talent.
Sir David Jason also made a speech and pointed out how much joy John had brought to the lives of so many people through his work. He told how he had recently met a former soldier who had told him how he’d been serving in Afghanistan when one of his platoon had been killed and he and his men were at their lowest ebb, he had opened a parcel from his wife, kept for when his morale was low.
It contained 12 pot noodles and a DVD of Only Fools and Horses – The Jolly Boys Outing. The former soldier told Sir David, how even in extremely difficult circumstances, it had helped to lift his men’s morale, remind them of home and of what they were fighting for.
This, Sir David, said was a testament to John’s writing and how it could both move people and make them laugh.
Lunch was followed by an auction, proceeds of which went to the Bomber Command Memorial Fund, something John would have been very pleased about – and indeed the event was attended by a number of former members of Bomber Command.
For me, it’s been a day of mixed feelings really. It is lovely that John has been honoured in this way, but his untimely death last year at the age of just 64 is still so sad.
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