There were a few celebrities that visited 'The Porchway' over the years.
Several world snooker champions such as Steve Davis, Alex Higgins, and
Jimmy White. I remember Dennis Taylor came and played
more than once, they showed us some amazing tricks too! Dad was
presented with a snooker cue that was signed by all the champions, this
was given to me, and I passed it on to our son Jason.
American concert pianist Julius Katchen came several times, he specially
insisted on giving a concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall (whenever a
trip to the UK was planned) because he wanted to buy a certain netsuke
Even a popular Japanese film star Yoshiko Sano came with
her film producer, to see Dad's netsuke and inro collection, before a film
premiere at the Cinephone.
I also believe Walt Disney intended to visit
Grandpa in 1953 for the 21st Birthday of The News Theatre Birmingham, as he was so delighted that Disney cartoons
had been shown
regularly at all our news theatres for many years, but this visit did not