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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • The Boys’ Own record-breaker

    The Boys’ Own record-breaker0

    Noel Pope, Surbiton’s forgotten record-breaker, was fastest around the famous banked Brooklands circuit – an achievement which can never be bettered. His 124.51mph lap on a supercharged Brough Superior motorcycle on July 4 1939 will stand for all time, as the track near Weybridge never reopened after the war. He is also a key figure

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  • The Mini giant

    The Mini giant0

    Are you of a certain age? Was your first car a Mini? If you answered ‘yes’, chances are you bought Britain’s most iconic motor from the Surbiton Mini Centre. And Rodger Florio, pictured, was probably the man who sold it to you. Rodger, his brother Tony and their father George, started in business as a

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