Stone Roses Ian: Sex act Fred Tal­bot taught me!

Singer tells court of ‘sex lessons at 11’

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By PAT HURST news@sun­

EX-telly weath­er­man Fred Tal­bot gave mas­tur­ba­tion prac­tice as home­work, for­mer pupil and rock star Ian Brown told a court yes­ter­day.

Brown, 51, was taught bi­ol­ogy by Tal­bot, who worked as a teacher be­fore his TV ca­reer took off, and claimed the de­fen­dant showed his class a gay porn film in school.

Tal­bot, 65, de­nies 10 of­fences of in­de­cent as­sault on five boys while work­ing as a teacher be­tween the late 1960s and early 80s.

Brown, lead singer of Manchester band the Stone Roses, told Manchester Crown Court he was a pupil of Tal­bot at Al­trin­cham Grammar School from 1974 to 1979.

He said in the 1970s the all-boys grammar school was a vi­o­lent place but that Tal­bot was one of the few teach­ers who did not phys­i­cally hurt pupils.

Mr Brown added: “Very early at school, I would not have been there a long time, Mr Tal­bot asked all the class if any of us had ever mas­tur­bated.

“We were 11-years-old at the time.

“He went on to explain how to masturbate, how you should masturbate and the fol­low­ing les­son he asked who had mas­tur­bated.”

Neil Usher, pros­e­cut­ing, asked if there was any re­sponse from the boys.

He replied: “Ner­vous gig­gles. He wanted to know who was suc­cess­ful in the mas­tur­ba­tion. He asked boys to raise the hand.”


Mr Brown said in fur­ther bi­ol­ogy lessons, Tal­bot would ap­proach the boys who had raised their hands, the ones with “bum fluff on their lips” and have “pri­vate words” with him, “mur­mur­ing” in their ears.

“I can re­mem­ber sit­ting there won­der­ing, ‘What is he say­ing to them?’”

Mr Brown then told the jury of a sec­ond mem­o­rable bi­ol­ogy les­son with Tal­bot.

He said the class went to the science block, but in­stead of the usual class­room went into an­other with a pro­jec­tor set up to show the class of 11-year-olds a film.

Mr Brown said: “A three minute film on a pro­jec­tor, of a guy walk­ing into a room dressed in den­ims, sits on bed, takes trousers down and mas­tur­bates.

“It was only a few years later I re­alised it was a gay porn film. It wasn’t a sex ed­u­ca­tion film.

“It was years later I re­alised it was wrong to show us that film.”

Tal­bot, of Bow­den, Gtr Manchester, be­came a star on ITV’s This Morn­ing show af­ter his teach­ing ca­reer ended in 1984.

Trial con­tin­ues.

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