Colin remembers.. Ruth Ellis


Colin Mallery has rubbed shoulders with many unusual and interesting characters in his time in the industry, but one of his first jobs left a very lasting impression.

“While I was still a teenager, I worked for Gordon Walker, Fred Walker’s son and I used to have to go and service a Rock-ola jukebox and a Jennings Governor fruit machine that we had put in a drinking club in Knightsbridge. The club was owned by a woman called Ruth Ellis.

She was always really friendly to me and remembered my name and got me a drink while I worked. She was not a stunning looking lady, but she was vivacious. You could see that she was a really good hostess at the club. She even introduced me to a few people. I met Lord Boothby there once and Bona Collino the famous actor of the time.

Anyway, this story doesn’t have a happy ending as everyone can guess. I turned up one day to service the machines and the club was closed. That’s how I found out that she had been arrested for murdering her lover David Blakely. I was stunned, I can tell you. I followed the case closely and I could ‘t believe it when she hanged.”

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She was the last woman to be hanged in England. I also have picture of you with Dennis Rawlins, Dave Synes, Bob Deith, John Holmes and Don Holman in the Deith Soccer Team in 1976.

Cheers Colin.

Freddy Bailey


U. S. A.
21/04/2011, 01:49

an interesting story, how times have changed??

Stuart Dale
30/12/2013, 15:31

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