There was a boy called Ronnie Dee. He was older than me, 18 maybe 19. He had a smooth face, dark eyes and short dark hair in the mod way, and a navy blue leather. He was quiet but he told little jokes, and then he would turn and smile at me. When he came down the Orpheus, the mods’ coffee bar, someone would put ‘King Bee’ by the Rolling Stones on the juke box.
Bee Dee. Blond Don would start to sing, ‘I’m a King Dee,’ and Ronnie would shout ‘Turn it off!’ but I don’t think he really minded…
Read on in A Sense of Occasion – the Chelmsford Stories
A Sense of Occasion – the Chelmsford Stories
It was not the most straight forward of requests. The brief was to design a book cover that said, ‘Sixties, mods, Chelmsford, style,’ not necessarily in that order. Christine Wilkinson has done just that and I love it.
These are my stories about minis, racing gloves, espressos, coffee bars, salad cream and Coronation Street when it was only on twice a week. Follow best friends Marie and Deirdre as they fall into the Orpheus and out of the Corn Exchange, falling in love and losing their chances, and Sandra and Linda practice their mod jive and go on an unlikely walking holiday. Chelmsford in the Sixties.
Going to a Go-Go is what I listened to then and again, when I wrote the stories, and it’s what Christine listened to while she was creating the cover. I know I’ve posted this before, but it says it all.
The book comes out in two weeks – A Sense of Occasion – the Chelmsford Stories
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