Did You Know..?

These are little known facts about Wayne.


Wherever possible, Wayne always ensured that he never left home without first having had a shave.

 

Has watched every episode of Coronation Street since he was a boy when he watched it with his Grandmother.

 

His hand-written signature included two vertical lines in the squiggle under his name. It originated from a design that a colleague used, Dave Glass from the Radio Lollipop days in 1979 when he used to put signs up in the studio and reception area. He underlined everything with a straight line and then two small vertical lines through the straight line.

 

Uses a calendar on his desk every day without fail. The calendar was originally bought by Wayne for his Gran around 1974 at Chessington Zoo's gift shop and cost £3.50, during a school outing. She used it daily until she died in 1989. Wayne's Aunty Gwen returned the calendar back to Wayne shortly after.

 

He was an avid diary blogger and entries dating back to 1980 are included in his life-long diary of events which continues on throughout his life. They were originally written in page-a-day diaries but around 1990, Wayne transferred all entries to a Google calendar and, since 1997, have been available for viewing on his website.

 

All of Wayne's favourites movies coincidentally all have one-word titles; Grease, Fame, Ghost, Airplane, Duets, Dual and Dogfight.

 

In 1979, as well as learning the basics for playing the guitar in after school lessons with Miss Jackson, Wayne also passed his National Cycling Proficiency Test and was awarded a certificate and a triangle-shaped enamel badge.

 

Wayne earned pocket money during his childhood in a variety of ways. They included: washing and cleaning his Dad's Ford Zodiac Executive car, cleaning the oven and the bath at home, polishing Mark Bogle's Dads' shoes, walking Aunty May's poodle around the park and cleaning out fridges in John's second-hand electrical shop, next door to the dry cleaners where he grew up.

 

To earn extra money, Wayne would sell his lego collection and 'no longer wanted' toys in the window of his Dad's dry cleaners shop.

 

Amongst the famous people Wayne has bumped in to and/or met include, ex-Radio 1 DJ Peter Powell, ex-presenter of Blue Peter Simon Groom with Goldie the dog, Tristram from George and Mildred (actor Nicholas Bond-Owen), Jean Paul Gautier, June Brown (Dot Cotton) and Michael Cashman, Stephen Gately (Boyzone), Paul O'Grady (Lily Savage), Paul Ross and Tommy Steele.

 

Was addicted to the drink tea and would hardly ever refuse one, if offered.

 

Was profoundly affected by the death of his friend, David Wallis in 2011, referred to as Daddy David. Although Jezz and Wayne met David in 2005, three years before Wayne's Dad passed away in 2008, David took over where his Dad left off. The search for a Father figure continued on.

 

Once dug a large hole in his Grandmother's back garden, around 1975, after his Grandpa told him that if he kept digging, he'd reach Australia.

 

Grew up in a 3 bedroom semi-detached house belonging to his Grandparents. It was on the corner of Carshalton Grove with Westmead Road in Sutton, Surrey. He lived there with his Gran, Grandpa (until 1976) and his two sisters, Michele and Nikola. The house was exactly opposite the dry cleaners, belonging to his Father where he and his sisters moved to in 1979.

 

Wayne was filmed for several television productions in his lifetime. The first three were because of his voluntary work at the children's hospital radio station, Radio Lollipop at Queen Mary's Hospital for Children in Carshalton. The shows were Afternoon Plus, Thames Help and Blue Peter. He was also filmed with Debbie, an ex-girlfriend, for a show called 'From The Cradle To The Grave' which was never aired. It was supposed to portray the struggles of teenage single-mum lifestyles and how they moved out of the family home into the community with the help of the local borough council. Because Sutton Council found out about the recordings, they treated Debbie too well with temporary accommodation and the TV producers decided that it was not realistic enough.

 

During the walk home after guitar class at Camden Junior School, Carshalton, around 1978, Wayne was almost abducted by a man that was following close behind him. It was along Westmead Road, Sutton, between Browning and Milton Avenue and was around 4.30pm. As Wayne gained pace by walking faster, so did the man behind. It was only Wayne's thought of shouting out to his friend, Trevor ahead: "Hey Trev., wait for me!" that he avoided what seemed like an abduction attempt. He ran off, as fast as he could. Trevor was not further ahead at all.

 

Whilst at Carshalton High School for Boys, Carshalton, Surrey, Wayne won the Project in the Community award 1981 by having his entire school bring in old and unwanted games and toys. They filled a classroom so much that it could no longer be used until the toys and games were relocated to the hospital where he was volunteering as a DJ at Radio Lollipop. The toys were given out as prizes to the patients on the wards for on-air competitions.

 

During his time as a limousine chauffeur, he once turned up at his daughter's and took children around the block in a 6-seater stretched American Cadillac. He also gave his Dad a lift in a Lamborghini Gallardo, out of Durand Close, Carshalton and to the top of Culvers Avenue, reaching a speed of 92mph, before crapping the life out of both his Dad and himself.

 

At the tender age of 11, Wayne was caught smoking a cigarette with school pal, Mark Bogle, in the girl's toilets. He was summoned to the headmistress's office, Mrs Davis, who was a chain-smoker. He remembers clearly, being severely told off in a smoke-filled room.

 

Wayne's scar on his chin was from a road accident, around 1980, involving no cars but instead, falling off his Chopper bike whilst cycling his sister (on the back) from Sutton to Carshalton Hall... they never made it! He was cycling too fast and as a car went past, he lost his balance and the bike, his sister Nikki and his chin went skimming across Westmead Road, all the way to the other side. An ambulance was called and took them both to the hospital. He had stitches in his chin but Nik, who called the ambulance from the payphone in the laundrette, came out with more injuries including a leg bandaged and an arm in a sling.

 

Wayne spent his life with a weakness in his lower back. He always blamed it on the accident he had when he once fell out of a first-floor bedroom window. It was 1981 and at Paul Gibb's parent's house in Paget Avenue, Sutton. He'd been drinking vodka and was trying to reach the conservatory roof with his foot by climbing out of the window and leaning on the window handle. It, along with Wayne, came crashing to the ground and he landed on the concrete step in the back garden. Again, he was taken to the hospital.

 

Despite Wayne's known sexuality, he had several sexual relationships with girls/women, including, Andrea, Debbie, Theresa, Tracey and Evelyn, all before his 18th birthday.

 

His left-hand large toenail is missing due to an in-growing toenail condition that led to its removal in 1998.

 

Wayne had large sticking out ears as a child and was mocked and bullied in junior school. It wasn't until he was 29 years old that he decided to have his ears pinned back. The ordeal was so traumatic that he only ever had his left ear done!

 

Wayne won a local borough community award in 1981 by creating the project of an entire school donating their unwanted toys and games and then donating them to a local children's hospital by giving them away as prizes in radio show competitions.

 

Wayne has appeared on television no less than three times. He featured in a news item on both BBCTV's Nationwide and ITV's Afternoon Plus in 1980 as the UK's youngest on-air presenter. He was also filmed interviewing Blue Peter presenter Simon Groom at the studios of Radio Lollipop that was aired on BBCTV's Blue Peter, again in 1980. He did get a Blue Peter badge but lost it in one of his house moves.

 

Wayne sang at a karaoke night to around 300 people. It was at Southern Pride, a gay pub in West Norwood and he performed the 1969 Eddie Holman hit: "(Hey There) Lonely Girl" in the same falsetto key as the original. And achieved it!

 

Wayne lost his virginity (with a girl) at the tender age of just 13 years old. The place was at his family home address in Westmead Road, Sutton. It was on 13 May 1981.

 

Wayne has a scar on his chin from an accident in the late '70s when he was giving his sister (Nikki) a lift on the back of his Chopper bicycle and they both fell off, skating across the tarmac of Westmead Road, Sutton, just yards from where they lived. They were both taken to hospital by ambulance. They were both discharged later that day... Wayne had stitches in his chin covered with a plaster. Nikki had her arm in a sling, something wrapped around her head and a limp.

 

Wayne got drunk, aged just 15 and fell out of a first-floor bedroom window. The house belonged to his friend called Paul and was in Paget Avenue, Sutton. He damaged his lower back at the base of the spine by falling on to the edge of a concrete step. He was taken to hospital by ambulance and the doctor advised that if he was to drink like that again, to stick to the ground floor! His back never fully recovered.

 

Wayne had a relationship with CB radio that lasted almost 12 months. One of the highlights was that he combined his love for poetry by creating a rap song that featured the handles (names) of many local CB'ers and he would often be asked to perform it both on air and at CB eyeballs (meets). Wayne's handle on the CB was 'ping.'

 

Wayne was caught smoking in the girl's toilets at Camden Junior School, around 1978, at the age of 11. He was sent to the headmistress's office, Mrs Davis, who was a prolific smoker. He received three smacks on the back of the legs with a ruler.

 

Wayne learned to swim at Westcroft Leisure Centre, Carshalton in the final year of junior school, 1979, aged 12. He got his 10-metre badge the following week and his Grandmother sewed it onto his swimming trunks. He wore it with pride for the rest of the year, well every time he went swimming with the school.

 

Whilst driving in London, Wayne once gave way at a zebra crossing for The Who frontman legend and actor Roger Daltrey.

 

Wayne almost died in 2000 with PCP pneumonia. He was admitted into St. George's Hospital and was in Intensive Care for 12 nights and stayed in the hospital for 12 weeks. Somehow, through the amazing work of the nursing staff, he survived and made a sufficient recovery.

 

Wayne had a Chopper bicycle for most of his school days and would cycle to school. On the back, was an FM radio that he had tuned into Capital Radio 95.8 or Radio 1 and would play it fairly loudly both to and from school. It was parked in the front garden of a house near to the high school and was never stolen (bike nor radio).

 

For many of the years Wayne spent in high school, he would go to Royston Park on a Tuesday, at lunchtime with school pals, Richard, Dominic (sometimes Terry and Perry) and between them, would write out the Top 40 singles chart as it was being counted down by Paul Burnette on Radio 1.

 

Every Christmas, between the ages of 6 to 10, the family would insist that Wayne performed for them. His front living room entertainment included impressions of Rod Hull and Emu (he had a puppet Emu), Frank Spencer, Tommy Cooper and a dance, similar to the hip grinding moves of Tom Jones. At some point every year, his two sisters, Nikki and Michele would star as a trio dance act routine to Wig Wam Bam by Sweet.

 

Wayne did many disco's in his youth, aged between 13-16. Some of them were outdoors including a street party for The Royal Silver Jubilee which was held in the road Crossroads, Sutton and a summer fete for a Robin Hood Secondary School, Sutton. Other venues included a function room in the local pub, The Robin Hood, Sutton and two youth club halls, Century Youth Centre, Fellowes Road, Carshalton and Youth Centre 21, Sutton Common Road, Sutton.

 

In 1981, Wayne was the delivery person for a video game rental enterprise belonging to his friend Paul Gibb. He would walk and use buses carrying the collection of Atari game cartridges to houses in and around Sutton and collect rental fees from them. Game titles included: Ms Pac Man, Defender, Missile Command, Pac Man, Frogger and more.

 

Wayne spent most of his teenage years collecting both 7 and 12-inch vinyl records. He lived nearby to a cardboard factory and would frequently ask them for free cardboard. He sometimes had them cut the blank white card into index card size and catalogued his entire music collection in an A to Z index box.

 

Wayne's Dad bought a small mixer unit and then made the sloping wooden box that was finally mounted on the front of his double decks. His days of rotary fading knobs were gone and suddenly Wayne had a mic input and fade, with mixer faders for both turntables.

 

Wayne realised he had a flair for DJ'ing as far back as 1977 when he was 10 years old. He created a tape cassette of music by recording tracks from the radio and then would record his own voice between the tracks. This was played to his school friends on a coach to Dover by his school teacher, Mr Dixon when he went on a school trip to France.

 

From as young as 10 years old, Wayne loved the idea of being a DJ. He grew up listening to the radio and keeping up with chart music throughout his junior and high school days. He regularly tuned in to radio shows with presenters including Noel Edmonds, Dave Lee Travis, Tony Blackburn, Robbie Vincent, Paul Burnett, Annie Nightingale, Roger Scott, Simon Bates, Peter Powell, Tommy Vance, Greg Edwards to name but a few. But two disc jockey's stood out from all of them... Radio 1's Adrian Juste and his ultimate hero Kenny Everett. 

 

Wayne is a huge fan of Robert Welch and has a large collection of the Robert Welch Signature knife range.

 

Wayne strongly believed that the product 'Zovirax' cream (in the pump only) kept any potential cold sores at bay. He was sufficiently convinced that he kept the small 2g pumps in various places... always one by his computer indoors, another in the car and one in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom. 

 

In 1998, whilst walking from the bar where he used to drink, Bar 68 in Thornton Heath, towards the kebab shop just before Thornton Heath station, Wayne was the victim of a random attack. A black guy, aged about 18-20 approached him, placed one arm around Wayne and sprayed him in the face with mace. Completely blind he managed to find his way back to the bar and was taken to Mayday Hospital in Croydon by Norma.  Noel was with him.
On 17 October 2006, Wayne was approached by a man who wanted to attack him. It would've been a homophobic attack but Wayne refused to get out of his car. After a few minutes, the man gave up but slammed the driver's door closed and kicked the rear panel as Wayne drove away. It frightened Wayne for many years and has been the reason for his extreme vigilance with all cruising thereafter.
On 4 December 2010, a man who Wayne identified as looking exactly like the singer Plan B, knocked on the front door of the flat. Both Wayne and Jezz were home but for some 'sixth sense' reason, neither answered the door. Instead, Wayne looked through the spy hole and at first could only see the outline of a figure in the dark because the hallway light hadn't been switched on. When a pizza delivery man arrived for the flat above, he turned on the light and then Wayne saw the face of the man at the door clearly. The man was talking quietly through the letterbox and from what he was saying, it was clear that he'd got the wrong door. What was also established once the light went on was that he was holding something behind his back. It later transpired that it was a samurai sword. Because Wayne knew it was a weapon of some kind, he called the police. They arrived within minutes and there was a struggle. Mace was used and it was terrifying. Wayne never really got over that incident and it is the reason behind why he has never answered the front door to anyone until he knows who is behind it. Also, it is the reason why Wayne increased the security with doorbell cameras and other CCTV around the home.

 

Wayne hasn't exactly brushed shoulders with the rich and famous but there are a few moments when his life did coincide with some famous people. They are:
Tommy Steele - around 1974, when his cousin Brian was driving in New Malden and he spoke to Tommy Steele through the car window. He can't remember what was said but it was something mild like directions to somewhere or something.
Simon Groom and Goldie the dog - from Blue Peter. It was 1979 and they came to the studios of Radio Lollipop and Wayne was filmed for Blue Peter, interviewing them, well mainly Simon Groom.
Peter Powell - then Radio 1 DJ. It was 1979 and in the grounds of Queen Mary's Hospital, in front of the staff clubhouse. Wayne spoke to him about DJ'ing while Peter Powell was unloading stuff from the boot of his car.
Gareth Hunt - around 1980. Wayne stood behind him in the queue at McDonald's, Sutton High Street.
Roger Scott - Capital Radio DJ, around 1981, Wayne got his autograph in a shop doorway in London.
Jean Paul Gaultier - around 1994, Wayne had an encounter without words in the top floor of the L.A., Old Street, London.
Will Mellor - around 1996, at the backstage door of The Apollo, Hammersmith, with Vicki. He spoke to both of them and signed a programme brochure.

 

Wayne very much holds on to his memories of youth and in particular his love for music and radio presenting plays a big part in his adulthood in a different way to how it once did in his teenage years. An example of this can be heard when certain people call his mobile. His sister Michele once owned a 7" copy of the 1979 hit: 'One Nation Under A Groove' by Funkadelic. The chorus of that song is her personal ringtone when she calls Wayne's mobile. The same memory of growing up with sister Nikki is immortalised with one of her records from the '70s, Billy Paul's 'Bring The Family Back'. And again, this song is Wayne's ring tone for when Nikki calls. For Jezz, it had to be Wayne's favourite song of all time; 'It Must Be Love' by Labi Siffre.

 

Wayne respected his Father's wishes about not having any tattoos. When his Dad passed away in 2008, Wayne spent three years contemplating if it would be ok for him to finally get one done. To help make up his mind he used a sketch drawing created by his Dad when Wayne was 13 years old. The family crest was his first tattoo and it is on his upper left arm. The fourth tattoo was of his Dad's signature, on the same arm. The eighth tattoo was a pocket watch displaying the time his Dad died, 9.20. Around the edge of the pocket watch face are the words 'Tempus Fugit,' a phrase that his Dad often said. It also happened to be part of the clock face on his Dad's grandfather clock that was only discovered several years after he died.