Sculpture

Spike's statue - Goons

Erection date: 4/9/2014

This little group shows Secombe, Milligan and Sellers, holding "Goons" scripts so it probably commemorates the Last Goon show, in 1972. Distributed elsewhere on the bench are the heads of Bentine, Milligan, Secombe and Sellers.

Site: Spike Milligan statue (4 memorials)

N3, East End Road, 17, Stephens House

Spike lived in Finchley and often visited Stephens' House - then called Avenue House. Together with the extensive grounds it had been left to the local council by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens.

Spike's bench is in the garden, very close to the cafe. Spike and this young fan had quite a long conversation.

The bench is seething with little people and references to Spike's life. A number of faces are modelled on the drawings that Spike made of the Goon characters: we spotted Bloodnock, Bluebottle and Neddie Seagoon. The three soldiers probably refer to the origins of Goon humour in the army days of Spike and Secombe; Sellers was in the RAF. We've treated the 3 Goons with scripts as a separate memorial (mainly so we can show you another photo). The elephants, if they refer to India, Spike's place of birth, should have smaller ears. We think the fairies must refer to the Elfin Tree, now in Kensington Gardens which was saved, restored and listed following a campaign led by Spike.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Spike's statue - Goons

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The Goon Show

Radio comedy show, originally broadcast as 'Crazy People' The first scripts w...

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Michael Bentine

Comedian. Born as Michael James Bentin in Watford, Hertfordshire. He was a co...

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Spike Milligan

Goon. Born as Terence Alan Milligan near Bombay, India, his father being an I...

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Harry Secombe

Actor, comedian and singer. Born Harry Donald Secombe in St Thomas, Swansea w...

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Peter Sellers

Goon and comic actor. Born Portsmouth to a couple of variety entertainers. Th...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
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Finchley Society

Formed to protect, preserve and improve buildings, transport, roads and open ...

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John Somerville

Sculptor based in Barnet.

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Spike's statue - Goons

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Jean Scott

Jean Scott

In memory of Jean Scott (1921 - 93) founder of The Finchley Society.

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Octavia Hill - Finchley

Octavia Hill - Finchley

Hill's family were living in Brownswell Cottages in 1851. These were on Finc...

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Spike Milligan statue

Spike Milligan statue

{On the back of the bench:} Spike Milligan, 1918 - 2002 {On Spike's left thi...

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