Memories of when Marion came to town to open shop

Marion Ryan opening a new shop on Aylesbury High Street in 1958
Marion Ryan opening a new shop on Aylesbury High Street in 1958

In the nostalgia section last week we reported on when singer Marion Ryan opened a new record shop in the High Street, Aylesbury in 1958.

We were then contacted by Keith Cade, who recognised himself in the above photograph (Keith is pictured front left).

Keith, who was 12 at the time of the photo said he happened to get in it by chance.

He said: “I was at the Grange school at the time and on my lunch hour I was allowed to wander into town.

“I was very keen on music and I heard about the new music shop and I was keen to have a look around.

“I saw a lady was being photographed and I managed to push my way through the crowd and poke my head round the door and I ended up in the right place at the right time!”

Ryan was a British singer who achieved most of her fame in the 1950s, and she was once dubbed ‘the Marilyn Monroe of popular song’.

Ryan was also the regular singer on musical TV quiz show Spot The Tune which ran for seven years from 1956.

The show was later revived in 1970 under a new title “Name That Tune.”

Keith, who is now 67, added that he had heard of Marion Ryan at the time.

He said: “I knew of her as she had quite high-profile in the 1950s but personally I was more of a Diana Dors fan!”

Keith added that music was one of his passions, even at a young age.

He said: “I was very into folk, electric folk and skiffle music back then.

“Fairport Convention and Lonnie Donegan were two of my favourite artists.

“This period was the start of my life as a music fan.”