Basildon Famous People
New Book Release
Basildon Famous People….by Ken Porter
Basildon Borough as we now know is the largest district in Essex with a population exceeding 170,000 and second to Southend in density. I suppose it is therefore not surprising that there is a great number of individuals from the Borough who have become nationally or internationally famous. I have picked out 50 names but many of these go back to when the area was a small farming environment with no large villages or towns. You may not have heard of some of them but I hope you agree with me that in their own field and time, they were well known.
At the end of the book I have listed another 45 names of people who possibly one day will be able to join my 50 names and there are more and more being added to the list all the time especially in the sporting and entertainment world.
Out of the 50 names 26 have strong connection to Laindon and the surrounding district:-
Joan Sims – Actress
Joe Goodman – Comedian
Alison Moyet – Singer
Depeche Mode – Singing Group
Eamonn Martin – Athlete
Jillean Hipsey – Netball
Perry McCarthy – Formula 1
Steve Jones – Footballer
George Sawyer – Speed Boats
Josh Dubovie – Singer
Graham Kendrick – Modern Worship Music
John Georgiadis – Conductor
Keith Chapman – Bob the Builder
Lord Leatherhead of Dunton – Politician
Baroness Smith of Basildon – Politician
Greg Smith – Producer
Joan Dowling – Actress
Edgar Longstaffe – Artist (Buried at St Nicholas)
Ernest Longstaffe – Producer & Composer
Cecil Hewett – Archeologist
Rev. John Pell – Rector of St Nicholas
Hugo Peters – First Laindon School teacher.
Book is available on Amazon or from Basildon Borough Heritage, Green Centre, Wat Tyler Park or from me if you bump into me.