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Chris Binns, Bradford Rotary Club member on 'Famous people I have met'

Yet another famous person for speaker Chris Binns to meet President Geoff Bartrum

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Having heard Chris Binns turn an innocuous title for a talk, namely 'Stamps' into an entertaining half hour at Aireborough Inner Wheel's Charter Celebration, 'Famous People I have Met' did sound like a challenge but there was never a cause for alarm. This man is a natural!

The first surprise was that he had been a long serving member of the Police Force in Bradford, the second the opportunities that came his way in carrying out what might have been considered everyday tasks in his chosen line of work. Meeting William Whitelaw and Prince Charles saw him standing outside Bradford Town Hall as their cars arrived and being the nearest person as they acknowledged the crowd. In following the Prince to ensure he was safe he became a collector of flowers. He received a thankyou Officer' from one of the two. He was also delighted to wrongfoot at the same time his Senior Officer by this manoeuvre.

Walking the beat down Ivegate he was accosted by two actors complaining about the quality of pubs and looking for a more salubrious, quiet establishment. Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney straight from a performance of 'the Dresser' in the Alhambra were far happier with being settled in the Shoulder of Mutton.

Complaints from the Manager of an upmarket Bradford Hotel allowed him to convince crowds of screaming fans that the members of the Dickies, an American Pop group were safely in bed and that they should disperse. Les Dawson, on the other hand was happy to chat and sign autographs for well behaved fans under the watchful eye of the same passing Police Officer.

Covering  Bradford crimes for Crimewatch brought him into the same room as William Franklin and Fiona Bruce at Yorkshire Television and on picking up a ringing telephone there at the wrong time encouraged him to talk in very general terms about a developing crime. A few minutes later he had to confess his achievement to yet another important Senior Officer who arrived to take the important call. Never a dull moment indeed!

All fees from Chris's talks go to Rotary Foundation together with receipts from sales of his book 'A Journey from Bishop Rock to Muckle Flugga' including a comfortable stroll from Land's End to John O'Groats. 

 

 

 

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Yet another famous person for speaker Chris Binns to meet President Geoff Bartrum

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