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  • The 999 man of Elgar Ave

    The 999 man of Elgar Ave0

    The man who helped devise the UK’s best-known telephone number lived in Elgar Avenue. Though humble about the role he played, Tom Fallon takes much of the credit for setting up 999. Born in London’s Docklands at the turn of the 20th century, he joined the police after serving in the Royal Navy in the

  • How John Dixon got the Needle

    How John Dixon got the Needle0

    The man who gave a new meaning to needlework by transporting an ancient Egyptian obelisk to London was a Surbiton engineer. Shifting a 69ft red granite monument 3,000 miles and installing it on the Embankment looked impossible in the 1870s, but John Dixon relished a challenge. The hieroglyph column, made in around 1450 BC and

  • Tributes paid to Anton

    Tributes paid to Anton1

    A Surbiton councillor has paid a moving tribute to geriatrician Dr Anton Sebastianpillai, who has died of coronavirus barely two weeks after coming off his last shift at Kingston Hospital. Both Cllr Yogan Yoganathan and Dr Sebastianpillai settled in Surbiton after arriving in the area from Sri Lanka in the late 1960s. Dr Sebastianpillai, who lived

  • The football pioneer who coined ‘soccer’

    The football pioneer who coined ‘soccer’0

    Former England football captain Charles Wreford-Brown is the man credited with coining the word ‘soccer’. A centre-half for Corinthian FC – now the Corinthian-Casuals, who play at Tolworth – he lived at 1 Walpole Road, Surbiton, an imposing pile on the corner with Upper Brighton Road. Affectionately nicknamed Mr Corinthian, he was an immense character

  • Who do you think you are kidding Mr Peters?

    Who do you think you are kidding Mr Peters?0

    Having notched up 67 years in showbiz, you’d have thought Gordon Peters might take it easy. But as he nears his 93rd birthday, the Surbiton actor simply cannot resist the lure of the stage. Dad’s Army fans may recall the episode Put That Light Out, first screened in 1970, in which Capt Mainwaring’s platoon is

  • Scouting supremo of Tolworth for 60 years

    Scouting supremo of Tolworth for 60 years0

    One of the area’s most respected and inspirational scout leaders, Alan Thomas, has died at the age of 91. Emmanuel church in Grand Avenue was filled with generations of scouts on July 15 for his memorial service. Born David Alan Thomas in Forest Hill, south east London, in 1927, he was three when his parents

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