John Knowles...

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I have known...

...John Newell since both being at St Mary's Infant School, E17. We were also both at William Morris Tech. I worked in education for many years but left that world behind after a chance happening that resulted from developing a website on Noël Coward the famed theatre actor, writer and composer - an influencer long before that term was invented. As a result I was approached by the Noël Coward Estate to act as a consultant, produce several websites for them and advise on digital media generally. Since 2002 I have edited the only magazine devoted to Noël Coward, his life and his works. In my semi-retirement I now edit and publish two editions a year for Christmas and Summer.

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Relatives: Grandmother and Father born in E17; Grandmother was a hairdresser based in Woodbury Road; Father was a teacher at Wood Street Junior; Deputy Head at Stoneydown Park and Head at Davies Lane Juniors, Leytonstone
Lived in E17 from 1944 to 1963 at 145 Howard Road
Schooling: Handsworth Road Nursery, Highams Park; St Mary's Infants; Forest Road Juniors; William Morris Technical School
Played in local bands: The Barristers; The Spartans and The Riot Squad
Sang in choirs at sunday school, Woodbury Road; St Mary's Church and at schools

Drama and Theatre: All schools. Last school play The River Line by Charles Morgan

145 Howard Road

The Riot Squad - John Knowles on the right.

The River Line William Morris Tech. Drama Club.