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.
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.