May 21st 2011
The beautiful "Green Goddess" Diana Moran and Bert Weedon pick up Awards from Jim Kennedy on behalf of Peter Foot, Chairman of Campaign for Courtesy U.K. It was only the second time that Bert had been to a function since breaking two bones in his spine, after a bad fall before Christmas.
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Click to enlarge the image16th May 2011 Lady Ratlings Spring Party, Royal Gardens Hotel, Kensington, London
Queen Ratling Merian Ganjou, hosted The Cup of Kindness Charity Luncheon In the lovely surroundings of the Royal Garden 's Ballroom. Her guest of honour was the adorable Actress Julia McKenzie (the latest Miss Marpel) The Gardening genius Alan Titchmarsh, with Past Queen Maggie & Past King Rat Bert Weedon OBE.

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P.Q. Maggie Weedon, C.R. Bob Potter O.B.E. P.K.R. David Berglas, P.K.R. Bert Weedon O.B.E. and Ratling Babs Potter.

 
 
Click to enlarge the image5th December 2010
British Music Hall Society Annual Ball, Royal Gardens Hotel, Kensington, London
P.K.R. Chas McDevitt captures P.K.R. Bert "Grabbing" his chance to dance with his wife P.Q. Maggie Wishing her Bottoms Up!!!
 
 
Click to enlarge the image 28th November 2010
Grand Order of Water Rats Annual Ball Rats Ball, Hotel Lancaster, London
P.K.R. Bert and P.Q. Maggie Weedon attending King Rat Derek Martin's successful year in office with a happy and glorious evening before handing over his crown to P. K.R. Keith Simmons. This is the second time that Keith had held the position as King Rat.

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P.K. Bert, with the handsome and extremely talented Alvin Stardust.

 
 
Click to enlarge the image 24th October 2010
Grand Order of Lady Ratlings Annual Ball, Hotel Lancaster, London
Queen Ratling Babs Bruce hosted her Annual Ball with her Consort Laurence There are not many places that one could find a room full of Kings and Queens other than the Ratlings or Water Rats Balls. Here we have P. King Rat Bert Weedon OBE & his wife P. Queen Maggie, W. R. Brian May (from "Queen") Queen Babs, Laurence and the Guest of Honour Brian's wife The Queen of Stage & Television Anita Dobson.

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"Guitar Maestros " Bert and Brian, discussing their great love for their favourite instrument…The Guitar.

 
 
12th September 2010
Grand Order of Water Rats Ladies Night, Lakeside, Frimley Green
King Rat Derek Martin's Ladies Night was not only an Elegant function but a great deal of fun as well, as you can see with friends Bert Weedon & Bobby Davro and Adger Brown.
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Click to enlarge the image4th July 2010
The Langham Hotel, London
C. R. Willie Foux's 100th Birthday Party was a night to remember. This remarkable Companion Rat has been the Legal adviser to the Water Rats for so many years, he still has a mind a sharp as any 40 year old. PK Bert and Maggie were honoured to be included, as close friends.
 
 
Click to enlarge the image 30th June 2010
Wilton Hall
Jim Marshall celebrates his 87th Birthday surrounded by his family and friends, at the lovely Wilton Hall. This has become an Annual Event and it is beautifully organised by Jim's equally beautiful P.A. Ellie Ellery. Maggie Weedon with the two closest of friends, Jim and Bert.

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"Three of a Kind"
Three Water Rats, Three Guitar Players and all Three use Jim's Marshall Amplifiers. Chas McDevitt, Bert Weedon and Gordon Giltrap.

 
 
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Rats and Ratlings Annual Luncheon, Shepperton
Past King Kaplan Kaye organised this happy get together for King Rat Derek Martin, Queen Ratling Babs Bruce and the members of their respective Orders. The lunch turned into a pre 100th Birthday for a special Past King Alfie Pearson. P.K.R. Bert with Past Prince Bryan Burdon, P.K.R. Alfie. P.K.R. Kaplan and in the back W. R. Jack Seaton.

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P.K. Alfie's actual 100th Birthday Party at Brinsworth on 15th June, with P.K. Bert.

 
 
Click to enlarge the image 9th May 2010
Bert's Party at the Bull Inn, Bisham, Bucks
Another 90th Birthday Party for Bert, this time it was a big surprise for Bert who thought he was going out for a quite Luncheon at his favourite local Restaurant "The Bull". Only to find that his eldest son Geoff had arranged for most of the Bert's family to be there. After the initial surprise a fantastic time was had by all.
 
 
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Jim Marshall gave a special Party at his lovely Home In Celebration of his dear friend, Bert Weedon's 90th Birthday, also the Birthdays of Jim's Chauffeur Steve Wood, Marshall's directors Graham Young, Grahams lovely wife Maria who is also a member of "Marshall's", and the beautiful P.A. Ellie Ellery.
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Tom O Connor invites his lovely family and some close friends to "Come Dine With Me" to sample his menu, prior to the showing on T.V. He got 10 out of 10 from all his guests, who then relaxed and had a lot of fun watching the live airing of the show.

 
 
Click to enlarge the image14th March 2010
Tom O Connor invites his lovely family and some close friends to "Come Dine With Me" to sample his menu, prior to the showing on T.V. He got 10 out of 10 from all his guests, who then relaxed and had a lot of fun watching the live airing of the show.

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Chas McDevitt, Kim Woodburn, and Bert Weedon.

 
 
Click to enlarge the image6th February 2010, 40th Anniversary Concert, The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes
Sir Johnny Dankworth and Dame Cleo Lane wanted to do something very special for the Stables 40th Anniversary. They got together some of their talented friends i.e. Ian Ballamy, Guy Chambers, Lorna Dallas, Tim Firth, Laurie Holloway, Emma Johnson, Jenny Linden, Maureen Lipman, Dominic Miller, Eddi Reader, Prunella Scales, Martin Taylor, Sarah Watts, Timothy West, Victoria Wood and the Master of Ceremonies the great Paul O’Grady. To complete the cast was the extraordinarily talented Dankworth family; Son Alec, Daughter Jacqui, Granddaughter Emily and the one and only Dame Cleo Lane. The fantastic show was enjoyed by a star studded audience, Jim Marshall OBE, Julie Rogers, Prince Rat Michael Black, King Rat Derek Martin, Chas McDevitt and Irena Foster-Brown, Beryl and Kaplan Kaye, Melody and Andrew Sachs, and photographed with the Anniversary cake Bert Weedon OBE. Emma Johnson and Paul O’Grady
 
 
Click to enlarge the image15th December 2009, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London
The TRIC Christmas Lunch was hosted by the lovely President Sean Williams for the second year. The Great Room looked amazing, and the Salvation Army put the 900 guests totally in the Christmas spirit. Left to Right standing; Bert Weedon OBE, Chas McDevitt, Julie Rogers, Irena Foster-Brown, Seated; Maggie Weedon, Denise Abendanon with Jim Marshall OBE.
 
Click to enlarge the image6th December 2009, BHMS Annual Ball, Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London
The Host of the evening President PKR Roy Hudd OBE by his sheer presence & humour made the evening both a funny and happy one. Bert Weedon OBE & Maggie had a real Ball with all their friends.
 
Click to enlarge the imageNovember 29th 2009, Grand Order of Water Rats Annual Ball, Grosvenor House, Park Lane
King Rat Graham Cole hosted the Ball at the end of his year in office, He handed his throne over to ” East ender’s Actor “Derek Martin., the new King Rat for 2010. P.K. Bert Weedon OBE and P.Q. Maggie at the start of the evening.
 
Click to enlarge the image25th October 2009, Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, The Grand Order of Lady Ratlings Annual Ball
The Lovely Queen Susannah hoasted her special Ball with Consort Husband Neil. P.K.R. Bert Weedon OBE, Queen Susannah & Rabi Neil Kraft, & P.Q. Maggie Weedon.
 
Click to enlarge the image11th October 2009 Water Rats Headquarters, Grays Inn Road
Another bright and shining star joins the galaxy of Stars in the Grand Order of Water Rats. Composer, Producer Tony Hatch, who wrote the themes to Emmerdale, Crossroads and Neighbours, together with numerous hits, I couldn’t live without your love, Don’t Sleep in The Subway Baby, I know a Place etc. Tony became the Orders new Baby Rat number 869 Tony was proposed by his friend Past King Rat Bert Weedon OBE Tony ‘s first gig as a Producer was Bert’s hit record Guitar Boogie Shuffle, and Tony was seconded by PKR David Berglas.
 
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A special Tribute to the greatest cinematographer and Oscar winner Jack Cardiff O.B.E. was held at the home of special friends Stanley Long film director and his glamorous wife Julie. Jack's lovely widow Nicky was joined by many showbiz personalities to celebrate the life of a wonderful gentleman. Maggie Weedon, Nicky Cardiff, Bert Weedon OBE (who enjoyed many happy times reminiscing and swapping stories with Jack) Nicky's Daughter, Julie Long and Nicky’s Granddaughter.
 
Click to enlarge the image31st July 2009 Wilton Hall, Bletchley, Milton Keynes
Celebration of Jim Marshall’s 86th Birthday. Jim’s P.A. Ellie Ellery organises what has now become an annual event, gathering together his directors and special friends. One of the special guests, P.K.R. Chas McDevitt was on hand once again to capture memories of a great evening, Denise, Jim Marshall OBE, Maggie and Bert Weedon OBE.
 
Click to enlarge the image14th June 2009 Shepperton, Water Rats and Lady Ratlings Luncheon
The two Charities joined forces for a special lunch, which was hosted by King Rat Graham and Queen Ratling Susannah. The venue was a lovely hotel by the river. It was an ideal setting, with lots of fun and laughter. Q. R. Susannah Levene, P.Q. Maggie & Bert Weedon OBE and R. Junie Dick.
 
Click to enlarge the imageMay 17th 2009 GOLR Spring Party, Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London
Bert Weedon OBE with the fantastic Actress Maureen Lipman whom incidentally shares a Birthday with Bert, they were both born on May 10th. Q.R. Susannah Levene and P.Q. Maggie Weedon.
 
Click to enlarge the imageMay 5th 2009
The VCGB International Awards Banquet was held at the Guild Hall in the City of London. Among the many celebrity guests were Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Gloria Hunniford, Bruce Forsyth, Roger Daltrey and below Michael & Julie Rogers with Maggie & Bert Weedon OBE.
Photograph by Mark Moody
Social Editor, O’K Magazine
 
Click to enlarge the image2nd May 2009
Jim Marshall’s residence was the beautiful setting for a Birthday Party. What do you do when you have not just one friend but five special people in your life celebrating Birthdays in the same month—just just have one great big bash. The Birthday six, Left to Right; A long term member of the Marshall empire, Marie Young, Director of Marshall’s Graham Young, Jims closest friend Bert Weedon, celebrating his 89th , Chauffeur and companion Steve Wood and Jim’s loyal P.A. Ellie Ellery. ( In the background, one of the lovely guests, Andrew Sachs.)
 

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Jim Marshall OBE was honoured by the Councillors of Milton Keynes for his services to Charity. The Lord Mayor, Councillor Jan Lloyd and the members of the Council said some lovely things about Jim and how much they appreciated all the support and good he had done for Milton Keynes. To Jim’s list of honours he now has ”The Freedom of the Borough of Milton Keynes” Bert Weedon OBE, Mayor, Jan Lloyd and Jim Marshall OBE Our special thanks to photographer Stewart Hildred.

 
Click to enlarge the image1st February 2009. London Hilton Metropole. Comedians Golfing Society Ball.
As the name suggests “Comedy” was the theme for the evening and a lot of fun was had by all. Captain Ian Davies and his lovely wife Ann hosted the evening, which was attended by members and supporters from all over the country. Maggie& Bert Weedon OBE have been attending the Ball for almost 20 years, where they meet up with many old friends.
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Bert and John Edwards who is Vice President of the Welsh Entertainers golf society.
 
Click to enlarge the image25th January 2009 Lakeside Country Club Frimley Green.
“Birthday Celebrations” for the owner of Lakeside, C.R. Bob Potter OBE. This elegant Party was organised by Babs with great detail given to the decoration, the cabaret and the 200 plus friend’s of Bob’s. Bert Weedon OBE, the Hostess Babs Potter, Maggie Weedon, Ruth and David Berglas.
 
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The 2008 Television & Radio Industries Club Christmas Lunch was hosted by its President, the beautiful TV Presenter Sian Williams. Bert who is an admirer of Sian’s found plenty to chat about...
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...before joining Michael Black, Julie Rogers and Maggie Weedon to participate in the Carol singing.
 
Click to enlarge the imageDecember 9th 2008 Hilton Hotel Park Lane London.
Bert Weedon and Maggie attending the Variety Club Christmas Lunch in aid of theVCGB’s Children’s Charity.
 
Click to enlarge the image 7th Dec 2008 British Music Hall Society Ball, Royal Garden Hotel Kensington.
Photographer; Ralph Reardon.
The President of the BMHS P.K. Roy Hudd OBE insures that their Ball is a lot of fun from start to finish? Ladies and Gentlemen; Val Fontaine, Lynda Watts, Maggie Weedon, Merian Ganjou, Babs Potter and Beryl Kaye.
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Bert Weedon OBE, Terry Marshall, Kaplan Kaye, Bob Potter, Chas McDevitt and seated June Fortescue and Jim Marshall OBE.
 
Click to enlarge the image November 30th 2008. GOWR Annual Ball Grosvenor House Hotel Park Lane London.
What a lovely way to spend an evening, surrounded by friends. Can you spot the celebrities around Maggie and P.K. Bert Weedon OBE, the lovely Vanessa Felps, Lynn and Val Doonican, Renee and Jess Conrad King Rat Kaplan Kaye and Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden Denise Abendanon and Terry Marshall.
 
Click to enlarge the image26th October 2008 Royal Lancaster Hotel London.
The Ratlings Annual Ball, apart from being an elegant evening It’s also like a giant get together of friends from the world of showbiz. Past Queen Maggie Weedon joins Consort, Ivan Soskin and the hostess for the evening Queen Ratling Doreen Hermitage and Past King Rat Bert Weedon OBE.
 
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The Grand Order Of Water Rat’s gave an special Tribute to Past Prince Rat John Bardon. John’s co actors from EastEnders Barbara Windsor and June Brown gave glowing tributes to their friend John. Below; C.R. Tom Anderson, W.R. Terry Marshall, P. Prince John, King Rat Kaplan Kaye, W.R. Michael Black, P.K.Bert Weedon OBE and Jim Marshall OBE.
 
Click to enlarge the imageOct 15th 2008 Worshipful Company of Carmen Installation Court Luncheon Painters Hall Trinity Lane. City of London.
C.R. John Ratcliff CBE was Master of the Worshipful Company of Carmen in 1998/1999, P.Q. Maggie Weedon and P.K. Bert Weedon OBE FRSA P.Q. Marsha Rae Ratcliff was the first Lady to be elected as a Court Assistant to the Worshipful Company of Carmen in 491 years, Graham Westcott was installed as the Master of the Worshipful Company of Carmen 2008/2009, L.R. Cherry Cole and the new Liveryman P.P.R. Graham Cole, L.R. Julie Rogers and W.R. Michael Black.
 
Click to enlarge the image Sept 25th 2008 Fairfield Hall Croydon.
Doug and Kay McKenzie celebrate their 50TH Wedding Anniversary, surrounded by many of their close celebrity friends, whom Doug has captured on Camera. The vast majority of photographs on this Website were taken by this great photographer, Brother Rat, Bert Weedon, dear friend. Doug, and Maggie Weedon.
 
Click to enlarge the image5th September 2008 Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent
What a stylish setting for a Birthday Party and the stylish couple hosting the evening were the lovely Gloria Hunniford and her handsome Husband Steven Way. Among the family and friends there to celebrate Gloria’s Birthday, was one of her dearest friends Sir Cliff Richard, with Maggie & Bert Weedon OBE.
 
Click to enlarge the imageJuly 25th 2008 Wilton Hall Milton Keynes.
Jim Marshall OBE celebrates his 85th Birthday at Wilton Hall with his family, Managing Directors and 200 friends; Renee Conrad, John Adrian, Jackie Capri John and Lynn Bouchier Jess Conrad and seated The Birthday boy, Jim Marshall OBE his close friend Bert Weedon OBE and David Capri.
Click to enlarge the image Being surrounded by the Ladies (Ratlings) has put a big smile on the face of the Birthday boy. Jim Marshall OBE seated with June Collins and then Left to Right; Val Fontaine,Cheryl Garland, Barbara Speake, Maggie Weedon, Billie Roper, Doreen Hermitage, Lynn Bouchier, Andy Burdon, Babs Potter, Moira Roberts and Julie Rogers.
 
Click to enlarge the imageBert Weedon and Jim Marshall with Jack Seaton, Douglas Gordon, King Rat Kaplan Kaye and Wyn Calvin. Douglas Gordon laid on a wonderful lunch, in idealistic surroundings by the river Thames.
Bert Weedon and Jim Marshall with Jack Seaton, Douglas Gordon, King Rat Kaplan Kaye and Wyn Calvin. Douglas Gordon laid on a wonderful lunch, in an idealistic surroundings by the river Thames.
 
Click to enlarge the image28th June 2008 The Royal Chelsea Hospital, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea. London, SW3 4SR
The Water Rats Ladies Night was held at the beautiful the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Founded in 1682 by King Charles II and intended for the 'succour and relief of veterans broken by age and war. The Royal Hospital is a Grade 1 listed building and it was full of Rats…Water Rats and their Ladies, including P.Q. Maggie and PK Rat Bert Weedon OBE for the “Ladies Night” dinner.
 
Click to enlarge the image May 18th 2008. G.OL.R. “Cup of Kindness”, Spring Luncheon. Royal Gardens Hotel, Kensington, London.
A special event to raise funds for the Ratlings Cup of Kindness Charity, with the help of a special guest of honour the lovely Joanna Lumley, here with P. K. Bert Weedon OBE, Queen Ratling Doreen Hermitage, Ivan Soskin and P.Q. Maggie Weedon.
 
Click to enlarge the imageMay 7th 2008, Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
The Encore Theatre Awards.
Supported by Water Rats and Lady Ratlings.
The Marshall Amplification Table. Seated; L to R. Michael Black, Sharon Balch, Jim Marshall OBE, John Ratcliff CBE, and Denise Abendanon, Standing L to R; Bert Weedon OBE, Maggie Weedon, Julie Rogers, Irena Foster Brown. Joan Regan, Chas Mc Devitt and Stan Marshall.
 
 
Click to enlarge the image April 26th 2008 Tribute to Jeremy Beadle.
Stars from the world of British TV pay tribute to Jeremy Beadle OBE, who died at the age of 59.
Bert Weedon OBE and Maggie were honored to take part in this special Tribute to a truly lovely and funny man. “An Audience Without Jeremy Beadle” was hosted by Chris Tarrant, The TV Studio was fill with Jeremy’s family, his lovely wife Sue, and daughters Cassie and Bonnie, his step children Leo and Claire. Amongst his Friends who attended were Henry Kelly, Matthew Kelly, Sarah Kennedy, Noel Edmonds, Carol Vorderman, and Sir Alan Sugar to mention a few.
 
Click to enlarge the image11th March 2008. Grosvenor House, Park Lane. TRIC Awards Luncheon.
Seated; Kay McKenzie, Bert Weedon OBE, Maggie Weedon, Chris Emmett, Vanessa Morrison, Standing; Ed Stewart, John O’Neil and Anne & Alex Hay.
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Bert Weedon, “EastEnder Star” Tiana Benjamin and John O’Neil.
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Bert Weedon, Rolf and Alwen Harris, Maggie Weedon and John O’Neil.
 
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8th March 2008.
Maggie and Bert Weedon at the VCGB Annual Ball, Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
 
Click to enlarge the image2nd March 2008. The Radisson SAS Portman Hotel, London. Chelsea Lodge Ladies Festival.
Stan Marshall and Sharon, Terry Marshall, Andrew Sachs, Lesley Marshall, Junie Dick, Barbara, Jim Marshall OBE, Maggie and Bert Weedon OBE.
 
Click to enlarge the imageJanuary 27th 2008. The Royal Lancaster Hotel, Comedians Golfing Society Ball.
Andrew Robley, Maggie & Bert Weedon.
 
Click to enlarge the image6th Jan 2008. Instillation Party for the New Queen Ratling at the Sessions House, Farringdon Square.
Standing; Susannah Levene, Beryl Plummer, Junie Dick, Pia Turner, Maggie Weedon and David Berglas Seated, Bert Weedon, Babs Potter, Queen Doreen Hermitage, John and Marsha Rae Ratcliff, Shirley Hale and Ruth Berglas.
 
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Craig Douglas, Bert Weedon and Maggie at the Water Rats headquarters.
 
Click to enlarge the image11th December 2007. TRIC Christmas Luncheon, Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Irena Foster Brown, Bert & Maggie Weedon.
 
Click to enlarge the image2nd December 2007. British Musical Hall Society, Annual Ball, London Marriott Hotel, Mayfair, London.
Bob Potter OBE, Michael Black, Julie Rogers, Maggie Weedon, Babs Potter and Bert Weedon OBE.
 
Click to enlarge the image25th November 2007. Grosvenor House Hotel Park Lane, Water Rats Annual Ball.
P.Q. Maggie and P.K. Bert Weedon OBE dancing the night away.
 
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Bob Potter celebrates his Birthday with a splendid Party and Cabaret at his club, The Lakeside in Frimley Green. Bert Weedon, the Birthday Boy Bob and John Ratcliff.

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Maggie Weedon and Babs Potter.

 
Click to enlarge the image21st October 2007 GOLR Annual Ball Grosvenor House Hotel. Park Lane London
Photographer, W.R. Doug Mc Kenzie is always on hand to record Happy Events. Here we have Past Queen Maggie Weedon, King Rat Kaplan Kaye, Beryl Kaye and Past King Rat Bert Weedon OBE.. This splendid evening was hosted by Queen Ratling Beryl Plummer and her Consort W.R. Tom Plummer.
 
 
Click to enlarge the image11th September 2007. “An Evening with Barry Mason” in the West End.
Bert Weedon, Barry Mason and Bobby Davro.
 
Click to enlarge the image30th August 2007. Lakeside Leisure Complex, Wharf Road, Frimley Green, Nr. Camberley, Surrey.
The Lady Ratlings and their partners, were invited by the owners of the “Lakeside Complex” Rat Bob & Babs Potter to a fantastic Summer Luncheon.
B. Row: L to R; Marsha Rae and John Ratcliff C.B.E., Juni Dick, Ruth Berglas, Beryl Plummer, Kaplan Kaye, Hazel Wilson, P.K. Bert Weedon O.B.E.
Seated, Dame Sylvia Dennis, Babs Leitch – Potter, Dame Vera Lynn, Bob Potter OBE and Maggie Weedon.
 
Click to enlarge the image10th June 2007. Water Rats and Lady Ratlings luncheon in Shepperton.
Kaplan Kaye, Laura & Cherry Cole Bert Weedon, Frank Ginnett, Paul James and Graham Cole.
 
Click to enlarge the image20th May 2007. GOLR Spring Party Luncheon.
Ratling Julie Rogers, Sue Frame & Guest, Bert Weedon OBE and P.Q. Maggie Weedon
 
Click to enlarge the imageMay 9th 2007. The Encore Theatre Awards, Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
Supported by Water Rats and Lady Ratlings.
Seated; Len Howe, Tom O’Connor, Bert Weedon, Danny LaRue, Kaplan Kaye, Norman Wisdom, Standing; Johnny Maxim, Alf Pearson, Jack Seaton, David Lee, Chas Mc Devitt, Michael Black, Paul James, Keith Simmons, Frank Ginnett, Udo Fontaine and Tom Plummer.
Click to enlarge the imageQueen Ratling and her merry Sister Ratlings; Seated Annette Sharville, Maggie Weedon, Queen Beryl Plummer, Avril Ellis, Marion Konyot, Audrey Lane. L to R standing; Val Fontaine, Hazel Wilson, Audrey May, Julie Rogers, Doreen Hermitage, Rose Marie, Rita Proctor, Taryn Kay, Pat Bryan, Susan Paule, Miriam Ginnett.
 
Click to enlarge the image20th March 2007. The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London.
The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th century painting and furniture. It was the perfect setting to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Dame Vera Lynn. Bert Weedon OBE and his wife Maggie were among the special guests.
 
Click to enlarge the image4th March 2007. Intercontinental Hotel London.
Chelsea Ladies Night Hosted by the President Tom O’Farrell and his lovely wife Julie. . Supported by his Brother Water Rats; Seated, Bert Weedon OBE, Michael Black, Julie O’Farrell, President Tom O’Farrell, Peter Elliott, Standing, Brian Burdon, Charlie Noble, Roger DeCourcey, K.R.Kaplan Kaye, Chas McDevitt, Ken Joy, Bob Potter and Lew Lane.
 
Click to enlarge the image13th Jan 2007 at Lakeside Leisure Complex, Wharf Road, Frimley Green, Nr. Camberley, Surrey.
The home of the World Darts Finals and Semi Finals; Maggie Weedon, Bert Weedon, Derek Martin, Bob Potter the owner of the Lakeside and Udo Fontaine.
 
 
Click to enlarge the imageDecember 4th 2006. The Royal Command Performance at the London Coliseum.
In the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. Rock and Roll’s greatest singing legend Rod Stewart and Solo Guitar legend Bert Weedon OBE with wife Maggie and Penny Lancaster Rod’s stunning fiancée.
Click to enlarge the imageBob Potter OBE and Babs, Ruth and David Berglas and Maggie and Bert Weedon OBE.
 
Click to enlarge the imageDecember 3rd 2006. British Music Hall Society Ball, London Marriott Hotel, London.
The evening was hosted by the President PKR Roy Hudd and Chairman PQR Doreen Hermitage. PKR Chas McDevitt was on hand to snap the picture of PKR Bert & PQR Maggie’s Raffle Prize!
 
Click to enlarge the imageNovember 19th 2006. Water Rats Annual Ball, Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Celebrated Actor Billy Murray & PKR Bert Weedon captured by photographer Water Rat Doug Mc Kenzie.
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P.K. Bert & P.Q. Maggie relaxing at the Ball.
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Bert with the fantastic musician Water Rat Rick Wakeman after Rick’s superb performance in the evenings Cabaret.
 
Click to enlarge the imageOctober 22nd 2006. Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, GOLR Annual Ball .
P.Q. Maggie Weedon, P.K.R. Bert Weedon OBE, W.R. Udo Fontaine and P.Q. Val Fontaine.
 
Click to enlarge the imageMay 10th 2006. 86th Birthday Celebration for Guitar Guru Bert Weedon.
After attending an “Encore” Charity luncheon, the Birthday Boy Bert attended another celebration at a garden party with his wife Maggie and friends.
 

Click to enlarge the imageOK Magazine, March 21st 2006
Maggie & Bert Weedon, Julie Rogers, Michael Black. Photograph by Mark Moody.

Courtesy of OK Magazine. Issue March 21st 2006.

 

Click to enlarge the imageMarch 7th 2006. Grosvenor House Hotel.
As time goes bye! Old and dear friends, the wonderful LULU and Bert Weedon OBE met up at The Television & Radio Industries Club Awards Lunch. The Host of the day was their President televisions personality chef Ainsley Harriott .

 

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“Welcome Home Party” for Jim Marshall OBE. Sir Johnny Dankworth, Dame Cleo Lane, Bert Weedon OBE and Water Rat Bobby Roberts,

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Chas Mc Devitt, Brian Pool, Terry Marshall, Bert & Maggie Weedon, Jim Marshall, Nico Mc Brain and Michael Black. Were amongst Jims many friends present to welcome him home, having recovered from a stroke.

 

Click to enlarge the imageJanuary 29th 2006. Grosvenor House Hotel. Park Lane London.
Maggie and Bert Weedon OBE at the Comedians Golfing Society Gala Ball. This splendid charitable fund raising evening was hosted by their President, the incredible Stan Taylor together with the Captain “Jester” Andy Collins. the music for the evening was in the capable hands of the one of the greatest British Bands, “The Len Phillips Big Band”

 

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Past King Rats and their partners at the reception for the Annual Ball. Left to Right front row; P.K. Wyn Calvin M.B.E. P.K. Bert Weedon O.B.E.& P.Q. Maggie, P.K. Chas McDevitt & Irena Foster-Brown, Jayne & King Rat Melvyn Hayes, P.P. Ruth Berglas, and Fran Simmons. Left to Right back row; Carole Calvin, P.K. Dec Clusky and Sandy, P.K. Danny LaRue OBE, P.K. Roy Hudd OBE & P.Q. Debbie, P.K.David Berglas, P.K. Roger De Courcey and P.Q. Cheryl.

 

Click to enlarge the imageSeptember 30th 2005. The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.
A galaxy of stars turned out for a Water Rats tribute luncheon to Past King Rat Danny La Rue. O.B.E. …P.K.R. David Berglas, P.K.R Dec Cluskey, Ronnie Corbett, W.R. Barry Cryer, Pamela Cundell, Lady Carole Delfont, Ronnie Corbet, Neil and Chirstine Hamilton, Anita Harris, Rolf Harris, King Rat Melvyn Hayes, P.K.R.Roy Hudd, Jan Hunt, P.K.R.John Inman, P.K.R.Gorden Kaye, Richard O’Sullivan, Julie Rogers, P.K.R. Bert Weedon and Barbara Windsor etc.

Bert and Maggie Weedon, Bobby Butlin and Pia Turner.

 

Click to enlarge the imageSeptember 28th 2005. The” Tony Frame” Coach.
The Variety Club of Great Britain donated a Sunshine Coach in memory of Tony Frame, a much love Past Chief Barker and a Companion of the Grand Order of Water Rats. Some of Tony’s Family and Friends attending a Coach presentation in his memory: Mandy, Clive and Nigel Edwards, Gloria Mead, Yyonne, Alan Mead, Bert and Maggie Weedon, Stephen Crown, John Ratcliff, Chief Barker Anthony Harris, Marsha Rae Ratcliff, Mrs Sue Frame.

 

Click to enlarge the imageJuly 29th 2005 at “Wilton Hall”
Rats, Rats and more Rats… Celebrate Jim Marshall 82nd Birthday. F.Row; W.R. Johnny Maxim, W.R. Bobby Roberts, P.K.R David Berglas, P.K.R. Bert Weedon OBE, W.R. Jim Marshall OBE, W.R. Rex Roper, C.R.Tom Anderson, W.R. Len Howe, B.Row: C.R. Bob Potter, P.K.R. Keith Simmons, W.R. John Maxim, W.R. Joe Brown, P.P. Ken Joy. C.R. Tom O’Farrell, W.R. Frank Ginnett, W.R. Del Denester, W.R. Steve Clarke, P.P. Kaplan Kaye, W.R. Mike Craig, W.R. Norman Collier, W.R. Jess Conrad, P.K.R. Chas McDevitt, W.R. Udo Fontaine, W.R. Michael Black, and W.R. Doug McKenzie.

Photograph by Maggie Weedon!!!!

 

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Grosvenor House Hotel. Variety Club “Annual Ball” A special evening with special friends in aid of VCGB children’s charity; Don Lewin O.B.E., Marsha Rae Ratcliff, Maggie Weedon, Bert Weedon O.B.E. and Barbara Leitch.

Photograph by Doug McKenzie.

 

Click to enlarge the imageNovember 22nd 2004
Plaisterers Hall in the City of London.
This magnificent setting was chosen by Queen Ratling Marsha Rae Ratcliff for a Royal “Charity” Luncheon with H.R.H. Prince Phillip. Always at hand with his camera, Photographer Doug McKenzie to record this splendid event…Melody Sachs, Maggie Weedon, Jim Marshall OBE, Zena Ball, Andrew Sachs, Julie Rogers, Bert Weedon OBE, Michael Black, Ruth Berglas, David Berglas and Babs Potter.

 

Click to enlarge the imageJuly 5th 2004. Taylors Hall, City of London
Bert & Maggie and H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent.

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Bert Weedon O.B.E., Maggie Weedon, H.R.H. Princess Michael of Kent and John Ratcliff C.B.E.

The evening was organised Queen Ratling, Marsha Rae Ratcliff in aid of the Variety Club and the Lady Ratlings.

Photographs by Doug McKenzie.

 

Click to enlarge the imageMay 9th 2004. Royal Lancaster Hotel
GOLR Tribute to Lady Butlin.

Past King Bert Weedon O.B.E. Queen Ratling Marsha Rae Ratcliff, Companion Rat John Ratcliff C.B.E. Patron of the GOLR Lady Sheila Butlin and Past Queen Maggie Weedon.

 

Click to enlarge the imageMarch 3rd 2004
“Guitar Greats” at the Savoy Hotel, London, guitarist extraordinaire, Jimmy Page, and Bert Weedon share mutual love of their favourite instrument, the Guitar, when they got together for a charity luncheon.

 

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GOLR Spring Party, at the Royal Lancaster Hotel.

P.K. Bert Weedon, Queen Ratling Doreen Hermitage, Consort & Husband Ivan and P.Q. Maggie Weedon.

 
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Saint Paul’s, London.
Stars that turned out for the Memorial Service to the great Lonnie Donegan; Chas Hodges, Bruce Welch, Bill Wyman, Albert Lee, Chas McDevitt, Dave Peacock, Joe Fagan, Bert Weedon, Brian Hodgson, Joe Brown, Albert Lee, Brian May, Pat Henry.
 
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Dorchester Hotel Michael Ball & Bert Weedon OBE at the Variety Club “Show Biz Awards”.

Photograph by W.R. Doug McKenzie
 

Click to enlarge the imageDecember 19th 2002
Panto E.A. Theatre, Guildford. Christine Hamilton, Caroline Ratcliff, Maggie Weedon, Julie Rogers, Pauline, Stella Vaughan, Rula Lansky, Neil Hamilton, Jean Ratcliff, Theatre Manager Brian Kirk, Bert Weedon, Raphael Djanogly, Michael Black, Jim Marshall, David Lodge, Valerie Leone, Junie Dick, Kay McKenzie and Jim Kennedy.

Photograph by W.R. Doug McKenzie

 
Click to enlarge the imageDecember 1st 2002
British Musical Hall Society, Ball. Pat O’Connor, Pauline Bowen, Maggie Weedon, Melody Sachs and Julie Rogers Jim Marshall, Bert Weedon, Tom O’Connor, Andrew Sachs, Michael Black.
 
8th November 2002. The Plaza Theatre, Stockport.
The multi talented entertainer/Actor Roy Hudd, and Peter Shaw, First Assistant Director of Coronation Street, put together a Spectacular Show in Stockport. His friends appearing in the show were Dean Ashton, Tony Barton, Brian Capron, Elizabeth Dawn, Mark Eden, Vickie Entwistle, Samia Ghadie, Shobna Gulati, Malcolm Hebden, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Suranne Jones, Bruce Jones, Bruno Langley, Sally Lindsay, Jennie McAlpine, Sue Nicholls, Tina O’Brien, Bill Roach, Jack P. Shepherd, Gary Turner, Andrew Whyment, Johathan Wrather. all from “Coronation Street” together with The Showstoppers, Andrew Van Buren & Allison, Bernie Clifton, Johnnie Dennis, Johnny More, Bert Weedon OBE, and wearing two hats for the evening Roy Hudd alias Archie Shuttleworth.
Click to enlarge the image Sara Roache, Bert Weedon OBE, Bill Roache MBE, Maggie Weedon, and Verity Roache Bill Roache ( Ken Barlow) is the only member of the original cast left in “Coronation Street” He joined the Street for its first episode in 1960.
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Bert Weedon OBE and Elizabeth Dawn, (Vera Duckworth) who celebrated her Birthday at the after show party.
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Lovely friends . . A get together after the show.
Mark Eden, Maggie & Bert Weedon OBE with the gorgeous Sue Nicholls.
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Helen Worth and Bert Weedon OBE.
This was the first time Bert met Helen Worth (Gail ). He felt he had known her for a long time, because from about 1975 his then teenage son Lionel had a real crush on the character she played. Bert was kept up to date with all that was happening to Gail.


Photographs by Water Rat Doug McKenzie
 
Click to enlarge the imageOctober 8th 2002. Savoy Hotel London.
A special Luncheon was held to celebrate the career of the great actress Wendy Richard MBE, she has appeared in numerous films and TV Series – her most famous being “Are You Being Served” and now as Pauline in “East Enders”. The Guest speaker was the lovely Angela Rippon seen here with Bert Weedon OBE and Maggie.

Photograph by Water Rat Doug McKenzie
 
 
Click to enlarge the imageSept 13th 2002.
The Dreadnought Guitar Co. held a special reception to present a “Martin Guitar” to Lonnie Donegan, they also presented a splendid cheque for $10,000 to The Grand Order of Water Rats.
P.K.R. Bert Weedon OBE, Lonnie Donegan MBE, P.K.R. Roy Hudd and King Rat Keith Simmons.

Photograph by Water Rat Doug McKenzie

 
Click to enlarge the imageJuly 12th 2002
A Special celebration at Langhams, for John Ratcliff C.B.E. Babette Langford, David Berglas, Ruth Berglas, Barry Cryer O.B.E., Terry Cryer, David Lodge, Raphael Djanogly O.B.E., Lady Runsie, John Ratcliff C.B.E., Marsha Ratcliff, Maggie Weedon, Bert Weedon OBE and Wendy Richard MBE.
 
Click to enlarge the imageThe GOWR pay tribute to the Clark Brothers at Lakeside Country Club on June 30th 2002.
The worlds greatest tap dancers Steve and Jimmy Clark had a very special tribute paid to them on Sunday evening.
The audience was made up of a large number of Water Rats and lots of celebrities such as Paul Daniels, Debbie McGee, Roy Hudd, Barry Cryer, Bob Holness, Andrew Sachs, David Berglas, Roger De Courcey, and King Rat Keith Simmons. (Above) Bert & Maggie Weedon, Tom & Pat O'Connor at the reception before the show.
Click to enlarge the imageThe Cabaret was compered by Tom O'Connor and consisted of Charlie Smithers, Julie Rogers, Johnny Moore, Rick Wakeman, Bert Weedon, Joe Brown & Lonnie Donegan. The evening ended with an amazing routine by the guests of honour the Clark Brothers. The Brothers celebrate 72 years in showbusiness and received a standing ovation. (Left) Bert on stage during his performance.
There as always to record the happy event was our special photographer Water Rat Doug McKenzie.

 
Click to enlarge the imageTommy Steel, Charlie Gracie and Bert Weedon.
There's No Business Like Showbusiness . . .
Almost 50 years after their first meeting, there is obviously something to laugh about and a lot of happy memories to recall. Bert played guitar on the legendary Tommy Steel's first hit record "Rock With The Caveman" back in 1956, about the same time he met up with the celebrated American entertainer Charlie Gracie who was promoting his hit record "Butterfly". Charlie and Bert don't often get together with Tommy, but they are in constant touch with each other.
 
Reunion at the Premiere of 'Stephane Grappelli - A Life in the Jazz Century' at the BAFTA Headquarters, organised by Paul Balmer and Judy Caine of Music on Earth Productions Ltd. February 19th 2002

Click to enlarge the imageBert Weedon, Julian Bream and Martin Taylor.

All had the pleasure of working with the great Stephane Grappelli. Bert played at Hatchett's Restaurant with Stephane Grappelli for a couple of years, he replaced his hero, the greatest Guitar Player ever, Django Reinhardt in 1942 when Django and Stephane split up at the outbreak of war. Django went to France and Stephane stayed in England. Bert and Julian (the brilliant Classical Guitar player) first met in June 1949 when they were doing the backing music for a play called 'Blood Wedding' by Frederico Garcia Lorca. Julian also played with Stephane on the 'Parkinson TV Show'. Martin Taylor, one of the great Jazz players, also did many tours with Stephane and played in the break during the showing of the wonderful video of their friend Stephane Grappelli's life story. The main topic of conversation was obviously . . . guitars, guitars and more guitars.
 
Click to enlarge the imageThe 40th Wedding Anniversary Celebration at the Cafe Royal of Melody and Andrew Sachs. February 10th 2002

Among the long list of Celebrity friends attending this splendid evening was a very dear and old friend Ray Cooney, the renowned actor, author and impresario.
Bert and Ray go back to 1957, when they did the first advertising magazine on television, with the late John Slater called 'Slaters Bazaar'.

Photograph by Doug McKenzie.
 
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OBE

Bert Weedon during his Investiture in Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty the Queen on December 12th 2001. Bert was awarded the OBE for his services to music.

Photographs by British Ceremonial Arts Ltd
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Bert Weedon with his wife Maggie after the Investiture at Buckingham Palace.

Photograph by Charles Green
 
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Sir James Galway and Bert Weedon OBE proudly showing their "Honours" to the Press at Buckingham Palace.

Photograph by Charles Green
 
Click to enlarge the image8th November 2001.
A Raphael Djanogly get-together at the Ritz, with a splendid Luncheon for his friends.
Back Row L to R
Raphael Djanogly, Bob Potter OBE, Neil Hamilton, Michael Black, Don Black OBE, Gered Monkowitz, Kaplan Kaye, David Lodge and Bert Weedon OBE.
Centre Row L to R
Christine Hamilton, Valerie Leon, Stella Vaughan.
Front Row
Doreen Wise, Beryl Kaye, Barbara Potter, Maggie Weedon, Julie Rogers and
Shirley Black.

Photograph by Water Rat Doug McKenzie
 
Click to enlarge the image The Stars shine for Roger
The Variety Club of Great Britain. Chief Barker Richard Freeman and his wife Helen hosted a Tribute Luncheon to Roger Moore at the Dorchester on July 4th 2001.
Among the celebrities who attended were Michael Winner, Michael Aspel, Stephanie Powers, Bert Weedon, Petula Clark, David Berglas, Michael Caine, Nanette Newman, George Baker, Peter Bowles, Sarah Miles, Liz Frazer, and Bryan Forbes.

Photograph by Doug McKenzie
 
Click to enlarge the image“Miss World” A Night of Glamour at the Miss World U.K. Finals held at The Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.
Maggie Weedon, Janette Desmond, actress Wendy Craig, entrepreneur Richard Desmond and Bert Weedon were in the middle of over 1000 guests who attended this special event, organised by lovely Julia Morley.
 
Click to enlarge the imageFriends meet at The Ritz Hotel October 19th 2000
David Lodge, Ernest Maxim, Bert Weedon, Raphael Djanogly, Michael Black, Mike Margolis, Paul Daniels, Debbie Mc Gee, Julie Rogers, Angela Rippon, Doreen Wise, Maggie Weedon, Lorraine Chase and Anita Harris.

Photograph by Doug Mc Kenzie
 

Click to enlarge the imageSurprise Surprise...
Bert was totally surprised and honoured to receive the "British Musical Hall Society Lifetime Achievement Award" at their 37th Annual Ball on 3rd December 2000. The Award was presented by the President Roy Hudd and the Chairman John Roscoe. Here Bert is being congratulated by his dear friend Val Doonican.

Photograph by Ralph Reardon

 

Bert Weedon and George Harrison at the wedding reception of their mutual friend Joe Brown to his beautiful new wife Manon.
Click to enlarge the imageAmong the legendary rockers attending were Marty Wilde, Bert Weedon, Dennis Locorriere lead singer of Dr Hook, Deep Purple musicians Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice, Herbie Flowers, Alvin Lee, Jim Capaldi from Traffic, Chas McDevitt, Chas and Dave.and Joe's best man, Beatles Legend George Harrison.

Photograph by Judy Totton
Courtesy of OK Magazine Dec 1st 2000

 

Click to enlarge the imageWelcome Engelbert
Bert organised a special luncheon for the international singing star Engelbert Humperdinck, at the Landmark hotel on October 10th 2000. To welcome him as a new member of 'The Grand Order of Water Rats'.

L to R: Bert Weedon, Patricia and Engelbert Humperdinck and Maggie Weedon.

Photograph by Doug McKenzie

 

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Happy Birthday Bert!
At "An Evening with Sir John Mills" on May 13th 2000, Bert was surprised by the presentation of a Birthday cake. He was 80 years old on May 10th. As you can see from the photo he still remains the consumate entertainer, with a great lust for life.

Photograph by Doug McKenzie

 
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February 8th 2000.
Norman Wisdom and Bert Weedon. Attending a special Charity Luncheon. Two old friends, two Water Rats, and the two of them here wearing their Gold Hearts.

Photograph by Doug Mc Kenzie
 

Click to enlarge the imageWith a Little Help From His Friends
December 10th 1999
Bert presents the keys of a new minibus to Langside head John Ashby, with support from his friends...
Left to Right... Gloria Mead, Maggie Weedon, Anthony Bygraves, Zena Inverne, Dorothy Solomon, Raphael Djanogly, David Lodge, Max Bygraves, Jim Marshall, Chris Woodwood, Bert Weedon, John Ashby, Alan Mead and most important of all - two of the children from the school.

Photograph by Doug McKenzie

 

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"The Rats Ball"
King Rat Gordon Kay presents Past King Bert Weedon with "The Badge of Merit" which is The Grand Order of Water Rats highest and most coveted honour, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on November 28th 1999.

Photograph by Doug McKenzie

 

Click to enlarge the imageVariety Club Tribute Luncheon
On Sunday 23rd May 1999 Variety Club of Great Britain "Wessex Barkers" gave a Tribute Luncheon to Bert Weedon. Here you can see Alan Mead (Chairman) presenting a specially designed Silver Guitar to Bert. The proceeds from the luncheon went to purchase a Minibus for the Langside School for the Disabled.

Photograph by Doug McKenzie

 
Click to enlarge the imageHilton Hotel. October 11th 1998
A special lunch with special friends; Wyn Calvin , Nicholas Parson, Peter O’Toole, Jim Marshall, Bert Weedon and Ernest Maxim.
 
Click to enlarge the imageThe Dorchester Hotel. February 22nd 1998
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bert Weedon join in the 90th birthday celebrations for Sir John Mills, which was held in aid of the Greater London Fund for the Blind.


Photograph by Doug Mc Kenzie
 
Click to enlarge the imageApollo Theatre 'Heathcliffe'. May 16th 1997.
Quote from Bert: "Sir Cliff Richard is one of our most loved and respected Superstars. For decades he has topped the record charts and having seen the great performance he gave as Heathcliffe at the Apollo Theatre, it's a certainty that the very talented Cliff will remain at the top of his profession for many years to come."
Backstage with Jim Marshall, Gordon Giltrap, Bert Weedon and Cliff Richard.

Photograph by Hilary Giltrap.
 

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Bert Weedon and Lennox Lewis
(World heavyweight champion).
Bernard Hart of Lonsdale Sports gave a "Sports Dinner" at the Marriot Hotel, London in aid of the EABF, on March 16th 1997 where Lennox was their Guest of Honour.

Photograph by Doug McKenzie

 
Click to enlarge the imageOctober 1996 Dorchester Hotel London.
Michael Winner OBE, Paul Daniels and Bert Weedon OBE, attend a charity function, Film Producer & Director Michael and Bert go back to the early 60’s when Bert arranged and played the music for Michaels first Film.
 
Click to enlarge the imageSeptember 1st 1995 Grosvenor House Hotel
David Lodge, Bruce Forsyth, David Berglas and Bert Weedon thoroughly enjoy the 'Miss UK Finals' organised by Eric & Julia Morley.

Photograph by Doug Mc Kenzie
 
Click to enlarge the image March 14th 1995 T.R.I.C. Awards Luncheon
Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London
A superb luncheon with special friends; From Left; P.K. Bert Weedon, R. Stella & P.K. Frankie Vaughan, Mary & Bob Holness, R. Debbie McGee & W.R. Paul Daniels, R .Nancy & W.R. Jim Marshall and Queen Ratling Maggie Weedon.
 
 
Click to enlarge the imageB.A.S.C.A. Awards. October 18th 1994
Bert Weedon and Cilla Black at the "Gold Badge of Merit" awards Luncheon at the Hilton Hotel.

Photograph by Doug Mc Kenzie
 
Click to enlarge the imageNo 10 Downing Street. April 17th 1994
Bert Weedon, Mrs Norma Major, The Prime Minister John Major & Maggie Weedon.

A splendid evening at No 10. introduced by David Lodge and Angela Rippon. In honour of The Grand Order of Water Rats and British Youth Opera.
 

King Rat Bert Has a "Ball"
"The Grand Order of Water Rats" is a Showbiz Charitable Organisation founded in 1889 by a group of Top Variety Performers. Each year the Water Rats elect a "King Rat" to head the Order. At the end of his year, the King Rat runs a Ball for members of the Order and Guests - normally around 1200 attend this special event.
Click to enlarge the imageThis Photograph was taken on November 29th 1992 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, the year that Bert was King Rat. It was his fellow artistes' way of paying a Tribute to him, with the help of Bert's close friend Jim Marshall (Marshall Amplification) who supplied all the amplifiers. The evening ended with all the talented Star Guitarists joining in and playing Guitar Boogie Shuffle, which was a big hit for Bert, as it was the first ever British Guitar record to get into the top ten charts.

Front row: Joe Brown, Chas Mc Devitt
Back row L to R: Bruce Welch, George Harrison, Mike Reid, Lonnie Donegan, Bert Weedon, Con Cluskey, Brian May, Dec Cluskey
photograph by Doug Mc Kenzie

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Proud Father and even prouder Sons.

Geoff, King Bert and Lionel.

Photograph by Doug McKenzie
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King Rat's collar is made up of Gold Bars inscribed with the names of every Past King Rat since 1889 and the year they held office. The collar is extremely heavy... is Bob checking out the weight or the quality?

Bob Monkhouse, King Bert and Past King David Berglas.

Photographs by Doug McKenzie
 
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July 13 1992
 

Click to enlarge the imageBert Weedon, Muhammad Ali and Henry Cooper
Bernard Hart of Lonsdale Sports gave an "Eve of the Derby Dinner" at the Cumberland Hotel, London on June 2nd 1992.
Their special guest of honour was Muhammad Ali"
Photograph by Doug McKenzie

Click to enlarge the image The Cumberland Hotel London Guest of honour at a sports event dinner; Muhammad Ali, one of the best boxers in the world surprised King Rat Bert Weedon and Maggie by revealing his great interest in magic, Muhammad then went on to do a trick for Bert, with a young magician watching, mesmerised. Later in the evening he delighted the dinner guests by going on stage and playing the drums, equally as great as his magic. What an amazing evening with an amazing gentleman.
Photograph by Doug McKenzie

 
 
Click to enlarge the imageMay 17th 1992. GOLR “Cup of Kindness” Spring Party, Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.
Queen Ratling Brownie Dene hosts the “Cup of Kindness” Annual Spring Party in aid of the Grand Order of Lady Ratlings Charity. Queen Ratlings Consort Water Rat Jack Seaton, King Rat Bert Weedon, Queen Brownie and Ratling Maggie Weedon were among the many special guests attending the glamour’s function.
 

Click to enlarge the imageGold Bage of Merit
October 11th 1990
The British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors awarded Bert the Academy's "Gold Badge of Merit".

Here presenting it is the Composer Lionel Bart.

 

Click to enlarge the imageJuly 5th 1988. Water Rats Summer Ball, InterContinental Hotel
This Royal occasion was attended by HRH’s Prince & Princess Michael of Kent and the wonderful evening was organised by King Rat Bernard Breslaw. Bert & Maggie Weedon with Bernie Winters.

 
Click to enlarge the image6th March 1988. Leisure World Cruise QE2.
Sailing from Mombassa to Singapore via Seychelles, Bauv Vallon, Bombay Pennang, Key Lang. With lovely friends Jack Shipley, Maggie Weedon, Brenda Shipley, Dr Nigel Roberts, Lyn Butt, Julie Rogers, Beth Cross and Bert Weedon.
 

Click to enlarge the imageOutstanding Achievement
Bert's book 'Play in a Day' has been honoured with the remarkable achievement of two Golden Pages. The first was from Chappell Music Ltd for the sale of 1,000,000 copies of 'Play in a Day' and the second was from International Music Publication for the 30th Anniversary Edition, 1957-1987, of 'Play in a Day', which was presented by Mike Oldfield on the Terry Wogan TV Show.

 

Click to enlarge the imageFor one Performance only at Buckingham Palace
August 15th 1985

The all-star cast take a final bow. L to R The Beverley Sisters, Bert Weedon, Davy Kaye, Max Bygraves, Anne Shelton, Evelyn Laye, Doris Hare, Polly Ward, Denis Compton.
The Not forgotten Association's Annual Garden Party held by command of Her Majesty the Queen in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. On one day a year, every summer, distinguished artists have put on a show to entertain disabled ex-service men and women, organised by Johnny Mans.
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Click to enlarge the imageCanterbury May 29th 1982.
His Holiness John Paul II and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Robert Runcie.


Bert Weedon performed a show for the thousands of people who gathered in Canterbury for the visit of John Paul II. Bert ended his show with an adaptation of when "The Saints Go Marching In" to "When John Paul Comes Marching In" and when His Holiness departed he said a "ThankYou" and gave Bert a special Blessing. A very moving experience.
 

Bert Weedon - King of Strings
Click to enlarge the imageThis picture and quotes are from an interview by Neil Duncanson. "Spotlight on Bert Weedon, legendary King of the Strings. More recently his '22 Golden Guitar Greats' displaced Led Zeppelin to reach the number one spot in the UK album chart, selling a massive 250,000 copies."

King of Strings: Bert poses with a collection of some of his favourite guitars, in the garden of his home on May 7th 1981.

 

Click to enlarge the imageAll Celebrities
L to R Vince Hill, Bert Weedon and Harry Seacombe, in June 1980 at the launch of a new record label "Celebrity Records".

Click to enlarge the imageFor Services to British Music. . . .
In August of 1977 Bert was given the CBS Arbiter Award (Gold Record) for his services to British music, and for the inspiration and encouragement given to Guitar Players throughout the world . . . along with fellow guitarists Joe Brown and Hank Marvin.
 
Click to enlarge the imageAll Aboard!
Count Basie and Bert Weedon on board the QE2 in 1972.
 
Click to enlarge the imageEartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt in a flamboyant mood with Bert Weedon before the show at Batley Night Club, Yorkshire in 1968.
 
Click to enlarge the imageMorecombe and Wise
Eric Morecambe, Bert Weedon and Ernie Wise take a break from their very triumphant Show in Gt. Yarmouth. August 5th 1964.

They try their hand at some "fishy work" on the sea front.


Photograph by the Daily Express

 
Click to enlarge the image Duane Eddy and Bert Weedon
Quote from the Record Mirror November 23rd 1963: "Meeting of two of the greatest pop guitarists in the world"
 

Click to enlarge the image5001 and Counting. . . .
Russ Conway and Bert Weedon. at a TV Show in 1961 Bert was celebrating his 5001's appearance on Radio and TV.

 
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Bert Weedon talks guitars with two fellow Guitarists Ike Isaacs & Jack Llewellyn
during a break in his recording session for Top Rank "Teenage Guitar"/" Blue Guitar ".


Photograph by Mark Hamilton
 
Click to enlarge the imageThe Early Years
This picture was used on the cover of the sheet music for Blue Guitar and was taken at a Radio session in 1959.
This guitar was used on the recording of Guitar Boogie Shuffle, and Bert was the first British guitarist to get a solo number in the hit parade with his recording. A newspaper quote from Bert at that time -
"I own five Guitars, but this one I use on TV is my favourite. Its German-made: all the metal parts are gold-plated. It's actually worth about 150, but to me it's priceless and irreplaceable." (That was the cost over 40 years ago, have a guess as to its worth today!)
 
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Duck Talk
Max Jaffa and Bert Weedon at the EMI during a Recording session in 1953.
This photo was used on the sheet music of "Dancing Duck".
 
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Three virtuosos
Ivor Mairants, Les Paul and Bert Weedon in 1952. As always when dedicated Guitarists meet, their attention is always drawn to one thing - a captivating body, a long slender neck, a heavenly shape, which one can hold in ones arms. . .
Its a Guitar of course !!!!
 
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The Early Years
- Continued
Bert Weedon with his Abbot Victor Guitar, which he featured on many of his recording sessions and Broadcasts in the 1950's.
 

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'PipeLine Instrumental Review' Interview

Click here to read the full interview with Bert Weedon from Pipeline Instrumental Review' 42, New Year 1999

 
Click here to read what people have said about Bert.