John Searle and Jackie Catchpole
By Dave Tooley
John Searle was the very likeable, tall and gangly guy (with a bad case of acne) who became famous (or should I say infamous) for the ‘romantic’ episodes with Jackie Catchpole in the ‘warehouse’ It was a very useful place to retire to if privacy wasn’t your prime concern, and you didn’t mind just a small audience.
I shall draw a veil over the lurid details, but Marten remembers exactly what I’m talking about. We were there; we remember them very clearly, we may even have taken part. Though, funnily enough, my memory goes a bit hazy there…(to protect the innocent)
John was also the guy who had his bike trashed by Kenny Erridge down by Fareham Viaduct. (see Kenny story)
John spent a considerable time being Terry Langridge’s taxi; it always seemed to fall upon him to cart Terry around.
Jackie Catchpole lived not very far off from Muriel and Barbara Rowe near the Crossways in Gosport. She was quite a tall and well padded girl if I remember correctly, very suited to John’s height. She was a very friendly girl, and would often invite us back to her house for coffee.
I mostly remember visiting her house by the huge aviary attached to the back of their property. You could hear the budgies chirping from a mile away. Something that interested Marten immensely because he bred them for quite a while.
Note from Marten:
I bought a super Lutino Budgerigar from Mr Catchpole, it won me many prizes in the local cage bird shows