Stars Turn Out For Kathy’s Funeral

Graham Cole as PC Tony Stamp

Former The Bill actor and Past King Rat of the Grand Order of Water Rats, Graham Cole (PC Tony Stamp) was among the showbiz mourners at a funeral at the Temple on 8 April. They came to pay their respects to Kathy Maxim, a Past Queen Ratling of the Grand Order of Lady Ratlings.

Kathy, along with her husband Johnny (a professional harmonica player) spent a lifetime in show business and have been members of the Hadleigh Temple Silver Service Club for a number of years.

In all, around 120 members of the Grand Order of Water Rats and Lady Ratlings came to the Temple to celebrate Kathy’s life.

An Early Picture of Johnny with Kathy

An Early Picture of Johnny with Kathy

The service, which was led by Major David Diaper, had a showbiz feel about it. Not only were the hymns sung with great gusto, there was a saxophone solo and a rendition of the Lady Ratlings’ anthem. Also, at Johnny’s request, the Silver Service Timbrels took part.

Other famous names included the present King Rat, Comedian Keith Simmons and former lead singer with the Black and White Minstrels, Salvationist Roger Green with his 13 year-old son Charlie, a YP band member at Droitwich Corps, who wowed Britain’s Got Talent audiences in 2008.

The 2011 Queen Ratling, Merian Ganjou, offered the valedictory.




Stars Turn Out For Kathy’s Funeral — 2 Comments

  1. What an occasion it was!
    The singing was just great, we clapped in the choruses of the songs (hymns), there was laughter, in fact, I understand that is just what Johnny wanted.
    The Silver Service Club Timbrels, obviously nervous in front of show business folk, did so well.
    I was able to chat briefly with actor Graham Cole whom I had met years ago on the set of
    ‘The Bill’, when, in the story line he had to push his way through a Salvation Band playing Christmas carols to catch a shop thief. I was representing the Army’s press, and taking
    pictures on the day. At the funeral, Graham told me that now in retirement, much of
    his time is spent in arranging and teaching at ‘Alpha’ Courses (Introduction to
    Christianity). He has always been ready when interviewed to declare his Christian living.

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