Stone Roses Ian: Sex act Fred Talbot taught me!
Singer tells court of ‘sex lessons at 11’
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.