EDWARD BARNES4 Comments
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I'd never heard of him either, but on reading his BBC obituary he was very diligent in creating excellent children's programmes for the BBC. We should be pleased that when telling folks where he was born he flew the flag for Wigan at the BBC, on the other hand it makes no mention of his Wigan roots.
I remember the Multi-Colured Swop-Shop mentioned in Edward Barnes Obituary, my son was a big fan of this programme, every Sat morning.It was announced once,that Swop Shop was coming to Wigan Rugby ground, its now Tesco.I think it was 1976/77.My son couldn't wait to go, that's were he met Keith Chegwin.All the kids took something they wanted to Swop.. Does anyone remember this?
In another obituary I've seen it mentions he went to Gidlow School I think Geoff Shryhane has done a piece about him in this week's Observer
Have read Geoff's article on Edward Barnes, it's very good with plenty info about him, apparently he led quite an illustrated life too.
I remember the BBC Swap Shop show Edna, though I can't recall it being at the rugby ground, I remember too there being fierce competition for children's Saturday morning TV between the BBC and ITVs madcap show TISWAS