HUNTLEY JEFFERSON WOODS
Huntley Jefferson Woods was certainly a really nice guy and a kind, gentle man. I met him a few times and have some really good memories of him. I first met him at the auction of his family memorabilia at the Tyneside Anderson & Garland Auction House in 2004. I was introduced to him by Mr. Anderson, the auctioneer, at Radio Newcastle, just before they gave an interview about the forthcoming auction. I was absolutely thrilled to be able to watch the interview from the green room. He was thoroughly enjoying the moment and quite comfortable in performing in front of an audience in the old Jefferson family tradition. He talked well of his Uncle Stan, and recounted when he met him at the Newcastle Empire in 1952. The next time I met Huntley was in July 2006 in Dockwray Square, North Shields. He was so gracious to travel the distance from Blyth to spend a little time with me talking about L&H and the Jefferson family. It was a beautiful hot summers afternoon, and we took a few photographs. We had a good laugh together, and he never minded me once asking him to Tell me that again whenever I couldnt understand his broad Tyneside accent.
DOCKWRAY SQUARE 2006
Thats Huntley standing in for his Uncle Stan, and me standing in for the horse.
I then met him at the Stoke UK convention in May 2007. My wife, Denise, and I enjoyed his company, particularly at the evening dinners.
Thats me (right) and my wife Denise (back) with
members of the Laurel & Huntley Fan Club.
We found that Huntley had a lovely but sometimes wicked sense of humour but was always kind with it. Huntley also had a warm and infectious laugh, just like his Uncle Stan. We corresponded a number of times after that, but I now regret that I didnt get to know him more.
He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.