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Godfrey Peacock   General Discussion

Started Oct-2 by Bognor1967; 1097 views.
Bognor1967

From: Bognor1967

Oct-2

One time IAJS rep. for the UK  and my co-organiser of the UK Bromley Jolson meetings for many years, Godfrey Peacock, is travelling to South Africa later this month by air

to celebrate his 91st Birthday. He will be accompanied by his son Steve and they plan to visit the battlefields  and area made famous in the film "Zulu"

I know that everyone will be pleased to learn that a loyal member of the Society for many years is still going strong in his 90's

JolsonWGE

From: JolsonWGE

Oct-3

Bognor1967 said:

I know that everyone will be pleased to learn that a loyal member of the Society for many years is still going strong in his 90's

Please don’t assume that ‘everyone’ will be pleased to hear about Godfrey Peacock. I found him rude and condescending at the Bromley gatherings and he was one of the main reasons I and several others stopped going to those meetings. He bored people with his doom and gloom introductions and behaved like a little dictator. My wife, who was a very tolerant lady couldn’t stand him, mostly for the disrespectful way he spoke to me and other members at the meetings.

I’m pleased that any Jolson fan is still alive at 91 years of age but let’s not forget that Peacock wanted to close down the popular Bromley Jolson meetings rather than let someone else take over the running of those functions. 

chris282

From: chris282

Oct-7

Where you at the Bromley meetings where Peacock refused to allow any singing until HE gave the word that it was ok ?? 

JolsonWGE

From: JolsonWGE

Oct-8

Yes I was. It was a standing joke that you weren't allowed to sing at the Saturday night karaoke until given permission to do so. Don't know if that was the hotel rules, which is what we were told at the time, or Godfrey Peacock making up his own rules. 

DCM10

From: DCM10

Oct-9

When I took over the running of the Bromley event I asked the hotel what time we were allowed to start playing music on the Saturday evening as I had also been told the same as you - the hotel didn’t allow music and singing until after a certain time. It wasn’t true - we could play music or sing all day long if we wanted. 

Dont know why Peacock made those silly statements - there were no restrictions other than what he imposed. 

David

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chris282

From: chris282

Oct-18

Thanks for confirming that the ‘no singing until after 9 o’clock’ was just a Peacock rule. Silly way to behave in my opinion but I remember how he liked to dominate the day on the Sunday. I was there when he stormed to the front of the room during a talk on Jolson for a very public row with Dennis Sykes. I believe that he then banned Dennis from future Jolson meetings though not sure if it was an official ban. Dennis certainly didn’t attend the Bromley meetings again after that. Dennis Sykes was a mainstay of the old meetings in West Wickham and very knowledgeable on Jolson. 

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Bognor1967

From: Bognor1967

Nov-5

The reason Godfrey imposed the no singing till after 9pm was at the request of a large number of attendees.  They asked for a period of relative quiet from the Jolson impersonators, karaoke and others,

to enable them to chat to friends and make new aquaintances before the music started.  Many attendees not only wanted to hear the singers but a chance to chat to people there, many of whom they had not seen since the previous years' Bromley meeting.  In an effort to please this request Godfrey brought in his not till after 9pm rule - it had nothing to do with the hotel's rules.  He learnt to his cost that despite trying to please ALL attendees and cater for everybody's requirements he found out that you can't please all of the people all of the time. He made his rule with the best of intentions and  personal attacks on him in this respect I feel are totally unfair and give the IAJS a bad name.

DCM10

From: DCM10

Nov-6

Bognor1967

Godfrey Peacock stated to me on more than one occasion, and to others, that the 9pm rule was a hotel rule - it clearly wasn’t. If he had received requests from “a large number of attendees” for a period of quiet then he should have been honest and given that as a reason not made up stories about non existent hotel rules. Honesty is always the best policy in my opinion. 

The Bromley meetings nowadays open the doors officially at 7pm though Jolson music is usually playing from well before then. Attendees have never asked me to turn the music or singing off so that they can chat, on the contrary they ask for requests. Attendees tend to drink and chat happily with old and new friends while the music is playing. 

David

JolsonWGE

From: JolsonWGE

Nov-6

Full marks to you for trying to defend your friend Bognor 1967 BUT I don’t believe a word of it. Godfrey Peacock loved his rules and regulations. He simply loved to dictate to members and you had to do what he said. It was his attitude and rudeness that drove members away from attending Bromley, my wife and I included. It was Peacock himself that told members that it was hotel rules that no singing was allowed and I was there when he said it. 

chris282

From: chris282

Nov-8

Bognor1967 said:

He made his rule with the best of intentions and  personal attacks on him in this respect I feel are totally unfair and give the IAJS a bad name.

Don’t be silly, personal attacks indeed. You raised the name of Godfrey Peacock Bognor1967 and you shouldn’t be surprised that some of us don’t hold him in high regard. We have the right to hold opinions that differ to yours. Nobody is attaching him, we just don’t like or respect him. Fact is that Godfrey Peacock was dragging down the Bromley meetings with his dictatorial rules and regulations and his doom and gloom introductions. He drove people away from the Jolson meetings in Bromley. Now THAT in my opinion was what was giving the IAJS a bad name! 

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