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In Memory of Johnny (Chester) Dowling 8th April 1948 – 21st April 2017
At our last Chessington Fair, Simon Edy wrote a great article on jukeboxes for us. We decided to make this a regular feature for our show guide asking people to write something of related interest to the rock n roll era.
My immediate choice for the next article was to contact Chester Dowling. Chester, the ultimate rocker, had stalled with us on several occasions bringing along his models and books and we had become friends on Facebook. Chester’s sense of humour always brought a smile to my day.
I was so looking forward to sending Chester a copy of his finished article but was given the news on the Saturday of the April fair, by Dell Richardson, that Chester had sadly passed the day before.
As Dell, myself and Dell’s colleague opened our show guides, they all opened coincidentally on Chester’s article which were the centre pages. It would seem Chester too was keen for us to read it and it made us smile at the thought.
The Jukebox & Retro Fair team were unable to attend Chester’s funeral but didn’t want to leave things unstated that he was an amazing man, a lot of fun and it was a privilege to have him as a friend.
His memory lives on with still as you can buy his fantastic books “Just For Kicks” from his daughter Lizzie via the website http://www.just-for-kicks.co.uk
You can also follow Lizzie’s promotions for Chester’s Luton record fair and the Ton Up Day at Jacks Hill Cafe on the Facebook page @RockNRollDaddyOMRCPROMOTIONS