My ter­ri­ble school­days made me stronger

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Focus -

THE TV star be­lieves that sur­viv­ing his ‘hor­ren­dous’ school days gave him the strength to fight back against the banks.

His heav­ily reg­i­mented days at the pri­vate Brent­wood School in Es­sex dur­ing the 1960s, where fel­low pupils in­cluded Labour grandee Jack Straw and co­me­dian Griff Rhys Jones, were char­ac­terised by bul­ly­ing and savage can­ings, and Noel says he ‘still bears the emo­tional scars’.

He re­calls that it felt al­most like ‘hav­ing served a sen­tence rather than hav­ing had an ed­u­ca­tion’.

But he says it gave him the drive to even­tu­ally suc­ceed.

Noel also cred­its his par­ents, Dud­ley and Ly­dia, with bring­ing him up to be ‘a pos­i­tive per­son’ with the will to suc­ceed in the cut­throat world of broad­cast­ing – de­spite their dis­ap­point­ment at his de­ci­sion not to go to univer­sity.

‘When I said to my Dad, “I’m not go­ing to univer­sity, I’m go­ing to be a disc jockey,” it was quite a mo­ment. He said, “Just go and be the best one there’s ever been.” But, deep down in­side, he and Mum must have been dy­ing.

‘They in­stilled pos­i­tive en­ergy in me. I know I open my­self to ridicule when I say it, but the en­ergy of my par­ents is en­twined with my own life force.

‘I sense their pres­ence in ev­ery­thing I do.’

‘EMO­TIONAL SCARS’: A young Noel Ed­monds

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