Friends, family and colleagues of Terry Sue Patt, who played Benny Green, gathered together last weekend for a memorial event to celebrate his life. Terry died in May 2015 and Sunday would have been his 51st birthday.
The event was organised by a team led by Terry’s Grange Hill colleague Erkan Mustafa (Roland Browning). Although the two barely worked together on screen, their Grange Hill connection lead to a long term friendship between the two.
The event was invite only and took place at a secret location in London. As Terry was a keen ‘street artist’ there were several art based events; including a raffle to win GH related art, and a live creation of a piece of artwork as a tribute to Terry.
Attended by Grange Hill colleagues; Paula Ann Bland (Claire Scott), George Armstrong (Alan Humphries), Donald Waugh (Hughesy), Melissa Wilkes (Jackie Wright) and Ricky Simmonds (Ant Jones), the event was informal and relaxed. Also in attendance was Anna Scher, the children’s drama teacher who first noticed Terry’s talent for acting, and fellow pupil Perry Fenwick (known as Billy Mitchell in Eastenders). Attendees were given the opportunity to say a few words about Terry, before a balloon launch ended the event.
The video here shows some highlights of the event. Compliments to Erkan and team for organising such a unique tribute for a truly unique man.
The legendary Michelle Herbert, who played Grange Hill’s original rebel, Trisha Yates, recently opened up to The Daily Mirror about her fight against breast cancer. During the interview Michelle revealed how she was fortunate enough to spot unexpected symptoms early, and after surgery has now been given the all-clear. You can read the feature in the Mirror here.
As regular GHG readers will already know, Michelle’s daughter, Chloe, has been fundraising for Breast Cancer Care by taking part in a 5K run in Manchester, a 10k run in Glasgow and finally a skydive during September and October. Describing herself as ‘the least energetic person in the entire world’, Chloe’s challenge has inspired numerous donations. Her original target was £500, but since then Chloe has raised over £3000! You can support Chloe’s fundraising efforts here at her JustGiving page.
Grange Hill Gold wishes Chloe every success with her fundraising and is delighted to hear that Michelle’s news.
A leading light on the world music scene, singer Sheila Chandra, started her career playing Sudhamani Patel in series 2-4 of Grange Hill. Find out all about Sheila’s recollections of her time at Grange Hill and her hugely successful career since, in our exclusive interview here.
Thanks to Sheila for taking part in our interview. You can visit her own website here.
Sheila Chandra is a hugely successful singer, both as a solo artist, and as part of the group Monsoon. However, few people realise that Sheila started her career playing Sudhamani Patel in Grange Hill between 1979-1981. As one of Trisha and Cathy’s closest friends, reserved Sudhamani was heavily influenced by her louder friends.
Grange Hill Gold is pleased to announce that Sheila has completed an interview with us about her time
playing Sudhamani. Keep visiting the website to read the interview very soon.
George Wilson (best known as Grange Hill’s resident Scouser, Ziggy Greaves) is preparing to step back onto the stage after several years out of the spotlight. ‘The Ale House’ is a hilarious comedy, taking place at St Helen’s Theatre, just outside Liverpool, between Tues 6th- Sat 10th October 2015. George plays ‘Kick Off’, alongside Brookside’s Phillip Olivier as ‘Yogi’ and a host of other Merseyside based stars.
Promotional material promises : “There will be raucous laughs from the first pint pulled, from the WWII pensioner still recovering from shell shock, to the not-so-holy priest on a mission to find who desecrated his garden, to the landlady eyeing up one of the customers. One wrong move and you’re barred – although that won’t stop the visitors to this watering hole causing all kinds of drunk and
disorderly mayhem before the barrels are empty!”
George is looking forward to returning to the stage in this ‘Adults Only’ comedy. You can book tickets here.
You can read our exclusive interview with George about his time in Grange Hill here.
It has now been almost three months since the sad death of Terry Sue Patt, who played Grange Hill’s Benny Green. Grange Hill Gold has been inundated with messages expressing the sadness many Grange Hill viewers felt at the news, and just what Benny Green had meant to them.
Whilst Terry’s funeral was a private family affair, former cast members and friends are planning their own memorial for Terry.
Here at Grange Hill Gold, we feel nothing stands better as a tribute to Terry than the interview he did for us in 2013. You can read the interview here. Some of the tributes in the press summed up Terry’s work and the impact that his portrayal of Benny Green had on children across Britain . We have collected the best of them below.
*Detailed feature from The Guardian
*BBC News Feature about the impact of Benny Green
We think that a man as unassuming as Terry had been, would have been overwhelmed by just how highly people thought of him, and how important he had made Benny Green, the boy without football boots,
Mrs McCluskey actress, Gwyneth Powell, was back on TV screens last month in a second series of the Channel 4 comedy Man Down. As Mum / Polly Davies, Gwyenth appears alongside Stephanie Cole and writer/comedian Greg Davies in this hilarious comedy. Whilst this role is very different to that of Grange Hill’s strict headteacher, it is a role that Gwyneth has really enjoyed playing. Hopes are high for a third series.
If you haven’t managed to see the series yet, it’s available on DVD here.
You can read our exclusive interview with Gwyneth here.