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Paul Betjeman

(1938-), Jazz saxophonist; son of Sir John Betjeman

Sitter in 10 portraits

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Candida Lycett Green; Paul Betjeman, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x78425

Candida Lycett Green; Paul Betjeman

by Bassano Ltd
quarter-plate glass negative, 30 July 1948
NPG x78425

Paul Betjeman, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x78426

Paul Betjeman

by Bassano Ltd
quarter-plate glass negative, 30 July 1948
NPG x78426

Paul Betjeman; Penelope (née Chetwode), Lady Betjeman, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x78427

Paul Betjeman; Penelope (née Chetwode), Lady Betjeman

by Bassano Ltd
quarter-plate glass negative, 30 July 1948
NPG x78427

Paul Betjeman; Penelope (née Chetwode), Lady Betjeman, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x78428

Paul Betjeman; Penelope (née Chetwode), Lady Betjeman

by Bassano Ltd
quarter-plate glass negative, 30 July 1948
NPG x78428


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Ian Mitchell

06 November 2019, 17:23

Ian Mitchell.
I was in the 13/18 Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own) during National Service with Paul in 1957. We were stationed in the former Hindenberg Kaserne at Neumunster near to Hamburg as part of BAOR. A number of us including Paul used to meet from time to time in the Ratskellar restaurant where we would enjoy a meal and then play poker. We had to use matchsticks to keep a tally of winnings/losses as the management did not wish to have what would have been seen as obvious gambling on the dining tables if we had used cash. I was walking back with Paul one evening having been I think to the British cinema in the town. I had received a decent education in Scotland at Strathallan School in Perthshire. The name John Betjeman was unknown to us as students and so I never knew who he was as his reputation in England meant nothing north of the border. Paul maybe wondered perhaps why I never mentioned in passing about his background. I remember he asked what my father did and I said that he was a doctor from Aberdeen. I asked what his own father was and he replied that "he was a poet". This took me rather by surprise and I said, "A poet!. How could anyone make a living as a poet?" Paul then realised that really what his father did was a revelation to me. He looked at me and I could see from his expression that he was pleased that I knew nothing about a man who was reputed to be a big deal in England. To him this meant that our casual friendship was not influenced in any way by any knowledge by me of his father and he seemed relieved by that because it meant our friendship was because of our own selves. We paused counted up our cash - about seven Deutchmarks - just enough for something to eat in the Ratskellar!

J C H Longrigg

19 October 2016, 21:51

I was at school with Paul Betjeman, at the Dragon School, Oxford, and I think it would be fair to say we were best friends! One weekend I was invited back to their home, driven by his Mum. As we approached the front door Paul said "Talk to my Mum, not my Dad". We wandered round the garden, which was quite large, and I think they had a .410 shotgun for fun, or ??? All a bit hazy, around 67 years ago. But what I DO remember is when we were about to be driven back to school I was given a 10/- note! Ten shillings! A fortune for a twelve year old in those days!

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