Elaine Schollar with
Alan Simpson & Ray Galton
Elaine Schollar was a key figure in the Tony Hancock Appreciation
Society for more than 20 years. From merchandise officer to membership
secretary. She played a leading role in organising a tribute event for writers
Ray Galton and Alan Simpson in Chiswick in 2004, and was also
instrumental in helping organise the first ever long term exhibition of
Hancock memorabilia at Gunnersbury Museum in 2006, a display which
ran for just under a year, and which was highly successful.
Elaine now contributes research, articles and proof reading to the THA, and
uses her managerial and secretarial skills in the running of the organisation.
Jeff Hammonds (left)
with actor Hugh Lloyd
Jeff Hammonds was responsible for the setting up of a digital sound
archive for the THAS. The BBC used his audio restoration expertise on
the CD release of “The ‘Lost’ Episodes” (2006). Jeff has contributed to
several books over the years, including, ‘When The Wind
Changed - The Life & Death Of Tony Hancock’ by Cliff Goodwin
(Century; 1999); ‘50 Years Of Hancock’s Half Hour’ by Richard Webber
(Century; 2004); and ‘Tony Hancock’ by John Fisher (Harper Collins 2008).
Jeff was involved in providing previously unseen material for the BBC2
documentary, ‘The Unknown Hancock’ (2005). Over the past years, Elaine
and Jeff have also given time and help organising various Hancock
events around the country about the life and career of Tony Hancock.
John Thompson has been a devoted fan of Tony Hancock for several
years. His interest in the lad from East Cheam has taken him far and
wide, attending many Hancock functions and photographing many
locations associated with the life and career of his comedy hero.
John not only joins the Tony Hancock Archives as researcher,
but will also become our resident expert on the various draught beers
from around the country.