John Jameson-Davis (aka John Kavyo) Role: Appreciation Society Creator A   Few   John   Facts:   I   was   born   in   Bournemouth   in   1958 and   now   live   in   a   Wiltshire   village.   I   nursed   cancer patients    for    years    and    am    now    training    to    be    a handwriting analyst/counsellor. Memories:   I    watched   from   Day   One   with   my   sisters   and vividly   remember   those   fuzzy   black   and   white   days with   Meg,   Kitty   and   Dick,   Carlos   and   Josephina,   Marilyn and   Diane,   Vince   Parker,   Amy   Turtle,   Tish   Hope   and Miss Tatum. Meg    was    my    absolute    favourite    with    Kitty    and   Tish coming second and third. I loved Diane as an older sister. The   most   memorable   early   memory   I   treasure   is   when   Carlos   fell   in   love   with   a   female   ghost   'out   the   back'   behind   the   motel   kitchen.      When   she   lived   she had   loved   a   man   and   something   tragic   had   happened.      Her   name   and   his   were   carved   on   a   tree.      Carlos   was   upset   that   workmen   uprooted   the   tree, exposing   a   wartime   bomb.      This   exploded,   destroying   the   kitchen.      Meg,   Mrs   Cornet   (a   fishwife   of   a   cook)   and   Diane   were   in   the   kitchen   at   the   time.      I recall a terrible BOOM and the set blacked out as the credits came screaming on. The   picture   at   the   end   showed   an   unconscious   Meg   and   Diane   sprawled   out   amidst   the   wreckage   of   the   kitchen   with   sauce   or   gravy   spilled   all   around them.      In   those   black   and   white   days   it   looked   like   blood.      This   happened   on   a   Friday   so   we   had   to   wait   a   whole   weekend   to   see   what   happened.      On Monday   the   ever   capable   Meg   dusted   herself   down   and   found   a   dead   Mrs   Cornet   (not   shown   under   the   strict   IBA   regulations)   and   a   very   shaken   Diane.      Meg was   worried   about   her   and   put   her   up   in   one   of   the   chalets   for   a   few   nights.      One   night   Diane   was   all   alone   in   the   chalet   when   she   was   awoken   by   the door   opening   mysteriously.      She   reached   for   the   phone   to   call   Meg   when   the   phone   flew   through   the   air   across   the   chalet.      We   viewers   realised   it   must   be the   ghostly   woman   but   Meg   sent   Diane   to   the   hospital   where   she   was   found   to   be   suffering   from   slight   brain   damage   due   to   the   explosion.      She   had   to   take it easy until everyone forgot all about it! When   the   motel   burnt   down   and   Meg   sailed   away   I   was   distraught.      I   took   it   very   seriously   and   even   left   my   nursing   job   as   I   was   too   upset   to   work.      I   had grown   up   with   the   motel   and   Meg   had   become   a   strong   maternal   figure   in   my   life.      I   truly   felt   as   if   my   own   mother   had   been   ripped   out   of   my   life   and   my childhood   home   destroyed.      It   was   a   strange   time.      I   couldn't   bear   to   watch   Crossroads   regularly   after   that.   The   heart   had   been   ripped   out   of   my   motel life. When   it   finally   limped   to   an   end   in   1988   I   had   mixed   feelings:   relief   and   sadness.      I   hated   what   Smethurst   had   done   to   it.      I   set   up   the   Noele   Gordon   and Crossroads Appreciation   Society   on   the   day   the   final   episode   aired.      It   was   'dedicated   to   the   memory   of   Meg   and   her   motel'.      Simon   Cole   joined   me   and   for three years we regularly issued the Crossroads Chronicles. These   monthly   newsletters   featured   full   length   episodes,   written   by   the   fans,   taking   the   storylines   from   Episode   4510   and   onwards.      We   axed   most   of   the Smethurst   characters   and   brought   back   the   Hunters   and   Vera   and   Tish.      We   reintroduced   Meg's   sitting-room   (our   favourite   set)   and   tried   to   maintain   a feeling   of   nostalgia   throughout.      We   made   many   Crossroads   friends,   including   Tony   Adams,   and   learnt   much   about   the   real   Noele   Gordon   (I'm   currently analysing her handwriting and am discovering a very private woman). The   2001   revamp   was   a   mess.   Continuity   was   a   mess.   Killing   off   Jill   was   ridiculous.   The   2003   revamp   seemed   hideous   to   start   with   but   I   detect   echoes   of the   old   days. Aspects   have   a   1960's   feel   to   it,   especially   the   Ethan   Black   storyline.   Oona,   Rocky   and   Virginia   are   classic   motel   characters   and   would   not   be out   of   place   alongside   Amy   Turtle   and   Diane   and   Benny.      The   tinkly,   almost   inaudible   theme   tune   is   hideous.      The   original   Tony   Hatch   music   was heartrending, haunting and dramatic. I'm   not   joking   when   I   tell   people   that   it   would   bring   me   out   of   a   coma,   it's   so   invested   with   emotional   memories   for   me.   'It's   time   to   go   now,   darling.     Goodbye.' Simon Cole Role: Original CAS Team Member A   Few   Simon   Facts:   I   was   born   in   a   little   place   called   Stanford-le-hope   in   1967,   and   spent   the   first   22   years   of   my   life   in   and   around   Essex,   before Crossroads   ended,   and   I   escaped   the   family   home,   tempted   by   the   bright   lights   of   Bournemouth,   where   I   have   been   ever   since.      After   nearly   20   years working in IT in and around London, I gave it all up last year and now run my own travel and real estate business, selling holidays and houses in Florida. Memories:   I   grew   up   with   Crossroads,   and   my   earliest   memories   must   be   from   around   1973,   with   some   of   those   great   characters;   Carney,   Mrs   Whitten, Avis   Tennyson,   Jane   Smith,   Tish   and   Ted   Hope,   Vera   Downend   on   her   narrowboat,   the   deranged   Rosemary   Hunter,   etc.      I   really   started   to   take   notice   of the   show   around   Meg's   wedding,   and   then   the   kidnapping   and   death   of   Hugh   Mortimer.   My   all   time   favourite   episode   was   when   Rosemary   shot   David   in   the office   during   a   party   at   the   motel      (a   scene   we   re-created   in   1989   at   the   25th   Anniversary   party,   held   at   Stan   Stennett's   theatre,   where   the   delightful Janet   Hargreaves   very   sportingly   sent   herself   up   beautifully!)      I   began   writing   my   own   stories   about   the   motel,   featuring   all   the   classic   characters,   and inventing   my   own.      I   spent   hours   every   week   writing,   when   I   should   have   been   doing   my   homework.      Sadly   most   of   these   stories   have   long   since   been   lost to the attic. I   hit   the   terrible   teenage   years   around   1980/81,   when   the   whole   world   was   against   me   (so   I   thought!).     At   my   lowest   point,   I   ended   up   in   to   hospital,   and my   whole   life   was   turned   upside   down,   but   I   was   befriended   by   a   big   German   nurse,   who   adored   Crossroads,   and   who   would   make   the   entire   ward   stop and   watch   it   at   6:35.      I   remember   finding   myself   in   this   ward   full   of   strangers,   scared   and   alone,   with   a   TV   playing   in   the   corner,   and   there   were   Meg   and Jill,   talking   about   Shughie   McFee   (he   had   been   putting   spiders   in   the   trifle   or   something,   I   think)      In   my   darkest   hour,   the   one   constant   in   my   life   on   that day was Crossroads - safe and unchanging (well until later in 1981 of course!!) and it saw me through some horrible years. From   1976   until   the   end   in   1988,   I   managed   never   to   miss   a   single   episode.   When   the   show   began   to   die,   I   stuck   with   it   more   out   of   loyalty   for   a   sick friend,   than   for   actual   enjoyment,   but   was   really   sad   when   it   came   off   in   1988.     Around   the   time   of   the   last   episode   I   saw   John   Kavyo   (as   he   was   then)   on TV-am   talking   about   the   show,   and   the Appreciation   Society   he   had   set   up,   and   I   was   so   amazed   and   inspired   by   his   enthusiasm   that   I   got   in   contact   with him,   and   soon   began   writing   again   for   the   Crossroads   Chronicles.      Between   us,   and   with   the   writing   talent   of   many   other   contributors,   we   kept   the   story alive into the 1990s, met many of the cast, and appeared on countless programmes to promote the show and canvass for it's return. When   work   commitments   became   too   much,   Peter   Kingsman   took   over   the   reigns   and   kept   the   Society   going   long   enough   to   see   the   show's   return   in   2001. I   watched   Crossroads   2   until   Jill's   death,   and Adam's   descent   into   crazed   murderer,   then   switched   off.   I   felt   betrayed   on   behalf   of   all   the   thousands   of   fans who came to look on Meg, Jill and Sandy as family. I mean, why bring Jill back just to kill her off? Still, at least it was all a dream, wasn't it? I   admit   to   rather   liking   Crossroads   3,   but   it   wasn't   given   time   to   develop,   and   I   would   have   liked   at   least   some   references   to   the   old   show.      I   mean,   those 1970s   flashbacks   during   the   last   week   would   have   been   perfect.   But   where   was   the   Motel?      Where   was   Meg   Richardson?      King's   Oak   was   a   tiny   village community, and Crossroads was at the hub of it all, surely those kids would have been running around the motel grounds, annoying the staff. Shame   not   to   at   least   mention   them   in   passing!   We   are   so   pleased   to   see   the Appreciation   Society   name   live   on;   it   has   now   lived   through   two   revivals   on the show, and will hopefully go on long enough to see the next one. Mike Garrett Role: CAS Manager and Webmaster A   Few   Mike   Facts:   I   was   born   in   Gateshead,   Tyne   and   Wear   in   1978   and   although   I   lived   in   County   Durham   for   18   years   I   now   live   back   in   the   family   home of Gateshead. I tend to work in various forms of communication. I have been involved with the fan club since around 2001 but had always wanted to join it ever since I found out about it in 1994! Memories:    Well   I   think   above   all   my   first   memory   has   to   be   the   theme   tune,   which   I   think   is   maybe   the   greatest   UK   soap   theme   ever.   Programme   wise from   around   1984   onwards,   so   looking   back   now   I   missed   the   "golden   years"   but   still   enjoyed   the   series   until   its   demise   in   1988.   Obviously   the   storylines from   that   era   that   I   recall   are   Diane   dying   and   Jill   saying   goodbye   to   Kings   Oak   and Adam   Chance   for   yet   another   try   at   happiness   with   new   man   in   her   life John Maddingham. I also recall the criss-cross closing credits and trying to ‘grab’ them as they moved across the screen! Luckily   I've   managed   to   see   some   of   the   better   years   of   the   show   from   when   it   was   at   its   most   popular   on   DVD   (and   the   fan   club   videos   before   that   of course) and we have to thank UK Gold for the re-run of 1980s episodes. Crossroads   was   always   on   in   our   house   so   it   was   something   that   was   always   there,   my   gran   being   a   fan   of   the   show   from   1964   onwards,   and   indeed   I   think Noele   Gordon   was   responsible   for   many   of   her   frocks.   Choosing   favourites   from   the   characters   is   the   hard   part,   but   Motel   Moustache   - Adam   Chance,   Motel Bitch   -   Valerie   Pollard   and   Motel   Mogul   -   Meg   Mortimer   are   three   of   my   personal   likes.   I’ve   also   grown   fond   of   the   utterly   bonkers   Rosemary   Hunter   and more recently found Tish Hope wonderful to watch. I   think   looking   at   episodes   from   1985   against,   say   episodes   of   Coronation   Street   you   can   clearly   see   which   show   was   slick,   glamorous   and   way   ahead   of   all the   other   UK   drama   serials   for   style   and   look.   It   was   of   course   always   a   ground   breaking   series,   something   to   be   very   proud of,   I'm   not   bothered   about   the   reputation   of   wobbles   or   such   as   real   Crossroads   fans   know   that   it   was   better   than   that. Crossroads   was   no   worse   than   any   other   soap,   maybe   sometimes   even   better!   Looking   at   soaps   today   they   said   that Crossroads   storylines   were   way   out   of   reality   sometimes   -   how   times   have   changed,   the   scripts   from   the   motel   soap   seem tame compared to what is being created now. No one needs to appolgise for Crossroads, its successes speak for themselves. Peter Kingsman Role: CAS Press and Media Relations officer in the 1990s and early 2000s A   Few   Peter   Facts:   Peter   watched   Crossroads   from   the   very   first   episode   and   became   a   huge   fan   of   the   show.   In   the   mid- 1970s   he   met   Noele   Gordon   when   she   was   opening   a   local   supermarket   -   a   Co-op   Store   no   less   -   and   that   was   the   start   of   a friendship   which   lasted   until   her   death   in   1985.   Peter   through   Noele   became   friends   with   many   of   the   other   Crossroads   stars including Elizabeth Croft, Anthony Morton, Tony Adams and Joy Andrews. Peter   also   spent   time   at   the   studios   and   saw   the   programme   being   produced.   Thanks   to   'hanging   out'   with   Noele   and   friends   at   ATV   he   also   struck   up   a friendship   with   producer   Jack   Barton   and   many   of   the   crew.   When   the   fan   club   started   these   contacts   became   incredibly   useful,   with   Jack   and   others donating their personal Crossroads collections to the club. Peter Kingsman became the face of the Crossroads Appreciation Society, and has made the most television appearances for the fan club. Memories:   Peter   has   so   many   memories,   and   most   will   be   saved   for   the   forthcoming   Crossroads   Documentary   'Return   to   Crossroads'   but   one   lingering recollection of Noele Gordon proves what a trooper and professional the lady was. In   her   last   months   suffering   from   Cancer   she   took   ill   and   collapsed   while   performing   in   a   theatre   production.   She   was   taken   to   hospital   and   treated. Doctors   ordered   Noele   to   rest.   However   she   had   an   engagement   in   at   a   theatre   with   one   of   the   many   charities   she   supported   to   read   a   story   to   needy children   at   one   of   the   theatres. Against   the   medical   advice   she   decided   she   couldn't   let   the   children   down   and   went   to   do   the   performance.   She   couldn't walk   and   had   to   be   carried   onto   a   seat   on   the   stage,   but   she   completed   the   reading   and   entertained   her   audience.   It   was      her   final   performance,   but proved what star quality the lady had. Douglas Edward Lambert Role: Researcher and Features co-writer A   Few   Douglas   Facts:   Doug   is   a   fan   of   the   new   Carlton   series   of   Crossroads,   and   enjoyed   both   new   series   of   the   soap   from   2001   and   2003.   When   the   series was   axed   by   ITV   Doug   joined   the   Crossroads   2003   and   Beyond   fan   fiction   group,   which   was   started   by   Norman   Hayes.   Later   Doug   and   co-writer   Nick   Beat took   over   the   group   and   today   its   a   great   big   site   celebrating   new   Crossroads   from   2003   and   the   fan   fiction   continues   too. Through   the   DVDs   Doug   has   also experienced the original Crossroads, and has become a fan of the sinfully nutty Rosemary Hunter. Doug   in   the   past   has   worked   on   several   magazines,   including   an   award   winning   student   publication.   He   is   also   a   successful   actor,   having   appeared   in theatre   productions   from   the   age   of   6,   and   has   also   appeared   in   short   films   and   several   music   videos. Along   with   acting   Doug   enjoys   script   writing,   and   has written several of the films/plays he has appeared in. In 2006 he joined ATV Network Limited to work on their online news publication. Since 2013 Doug has also turned author having a number of books published on Kindle under his own name and other identities! John Drury of Crossroads 2001 Role: Maintains the independent ‘new Crossroads’ site Crossroads 2001. A   Few   John   Facts:    Although   my   site   concentrates   on   the   2001-2002   series,   I   was   a   fan   of   the   original   series.   I   remember   the   likes   of   Adam,   Jill,   Meg, Benny, David and Barbara Hunter, Miss Diane, - Then later Bomber Lancaster, Nicola Freeman, and Mycroft. Although   I   was   only   young,   I   remember   the   Great   Fire   of   King's   Oak   -   Mum   was   a   fan   so   I   watched   with   her   and   I   remember   thinking   how   important   it   was at   the   time.   I   come   from   the   West   Midlands,   and   I   remember   feeling   that   Crossroads   was   MY   soap   -   in   a   way   that   the   Northern   Coronation   street   or Southern EastEnders wasn't. My   favourite   characters   back   then   were   Adam   and   Jill   and   I   remember   distinctly   how   annoyed   I   was   in   1988   when   Jill   left   Adam   for   John   Maddingham. Who'd have thought that 13 years later they would be getting married again? But   back   to   2001   -   My   favourite   characters?   -   Still   Adam   and   Jill   of   course!   -   but   now   I   had   the   likes   of   Kate   Russell   and   Rocky   Wesson   to   add   to   my   list. When   I   heard   the   music   I   remember   being   really   excited   -   I'd   already   watched   the   animation   on   the   official   site   so   many   times   -   and   recognised   all   of   the characters. Ultimately   my   excitement   at   the   show’s   return   was   not   to   last,   and   after   only   a   couple   of   years   Crossroads   was   once   again   off   our   screens   –   however   with the   demise   of   the   show   came   the   impetus   to   document   its   short   history   and   that   was   the   start   of   the   task   that   has   so   far   taken   over   7   years.   Along   the way   I’ve   made   some   good   friends   and   had   the   chance   to   talk   with   cast   and   crew   about   their   experiences   on   the   show.   It   also   rekindled   my   interest   in   the original series – but that’s a story for another time! Since   2010   John   has   also   been   on   a   mission   to   find   as   many   of   the   Crossroads   locations   as   possible.   The   list   is   now   quite   extensive   with   finds   including Walford Hall (original motel), Baschurch (original village) and two of the Crossroads Garage locations. Other   CAS Team   Members   Past   and   Present:   Scott   Curtis   |   Glen   Reeves   |   Elizabeth   Garrett   | Alex   Loveless   | Tom   Dearnley-Davison   |   Ian   Westhead   | Tony Wilson | Ian Armitage | Stephen Cove | Michael Cooke  | Maria Brabiner | Anthony Garton | The fan club is grateful for the assistance from those current, and previous, who have helped create this site and further the society.
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