Never got to know her. She’s just passed on. But I could never forget her husband, Jack Hawkins. The voice. The Cruel Sea.
Nor could I forget Sir Donald Sinden, who played alongside Jack in the film classic.
Only now have we learned that Doreen Hawkins nearly married Peter Cushing instead, but Cushing. who made a more than comfortable living from horror movies, put the frghteners on her.
She and Jack were married a lifetime, producing three children.
Sinden, pictured above, unforgettably put the frighteners on me in our Edinburgh confrontation.
What a laugh
Nothing but laughs. My instant and lingering picture of Duggie Middleton, who died suddenly at his Trinity home recently. “Midd” as I knew him. I never knew his “serious” side. No regrets at all there.
We were workmates at North Bridge, so the lecturer part of him was foreign to me. And, I have to say, much of the badinage between us was toilet humour. But in the best possible taste, understand. Midd was a big rugby man, me football.
Big, meaning big physically, A staunch Herioter. Me a Leith Academical, where Leith Accies functioned in a football-orientated school.
My recollection of Duggie Middleton can’t be anything other than humorous. Sometimes bordering on riotous.
Glad, so much a pleasure, to have known him.