Now there's a blast from the past - a Brush With Fame!
Without sounding funny, we used to bump into all sorts, every day almost.
The little town where I was raised seemed to house most of the various glitterati over on the posh side of the tracks (literally). On our side, it was said that our houses were built purely to supply cleaners for the other half.
We had several big studios surrounding us ......Elstree, Pinewood, Denham, MGM at Borehamwood, and then two major BBC studios nearby, plus countless recording studios, etc.
George Harrison bought a big manor house for the Hare Krishna just down the road, in a village that was used as the setting for the film "Village of the Damned" in about 1960. I was too young to be an extra, but two lads from our estate got parts and had to wear blond wigs.
The Saint (Simon Templar - alias Roger Moore) lived for a while not more than 400 yards from my house, and my brother used to deliver his paper.
The super trendy Chalet in Clockwork Orange was (still is) in a lane we walked down on the way to school. I remember it being built, as before it was there the plot was an orchard with a donkey in it.
My sis used to know Una Stubbs, and through her got to know Cliff.
Hank Marvin used to live nearby and I have the dubious honour of jogging with him, and walking his Irish Wolfhound.
My dad won a fiver off of Gregory Peck once (long story), and we were regularly kept awake at night when they were filming 633 squadron, as we were right on their flight path (we loved every minute).
My sister's boyfriend (now my brother in law-they now live in Perth, WA) once gave PJ Proby a good slap for touching up my sis.
He lived nearby but soon moved away.....my bro in law is one big bugger.
I could go on but you would get more bored than you are already.......
So the reaction to me telling my mates that Colin Blunstone bought me an ice cream would have probably just been a shrug, or a return tale that was better than mine.
It was like a mini Hollywood really (still is, to some extent) without the drive by shootings.... or the shrinks, sunshine, big limos, bus tours and facelifts.