“OR­LANDO” AND “OR­LANDO THE CAT”

Evergreen - - Winter -

Amaz­ingly,

two queries ar­rived to­gether for which the an­swers were Or­lando and Or­lando the Cat.

The first re­ferred to a tele­vi­sion se­ries based in a Thames ship­yard. Not much to go on but the Bri­tish Dance Bands E- Mail group are a ver­sa­tile bunch, be­yond the mu­sic front and soon came up with the an­swer. Star­ring Sam Kydd, Or­lando ran for 76 episodes be­tween 1965 and 1968, and was a chil­dren’s spin- off from an ear­lier se­ries called Crane, based on smug­gling in North Africa. We pic­tured Kydd’s fa­mil­iar face in our fea­ture on Terry- Thomas in Ev­er­green Sum­mer 2010.

Edna Rush­ton from South Africa was brought up in Lan­cashire and re­mem­bers choos­ing her first book in Hor­wich Li­brary while just four years old. Or­lando, the Mar­malade Cat first ap­peared in 1938 and was ex­ceed­ingly pop­u­lar through­out the For­ties and Fifties, es­pe­cially on BBC Ra­dio Chil­dren’s Hour nar­rated by David Davis. The au­thor was Kath­leen Hale from Sal­ford, who wrote 19 ad­ven­tures in to­tal, the last be­ing in 1972. She was awarded the OBE four years later and died in 2000, aged 101.

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