“ORLANDO” AND “ORLANDO THE CAT”
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.