HUNTLEY JEFFERSON WOODS
A Tribute

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 summer’s 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 couldn’t understand his broad Tyneside accent.

DOCKWRAY SQUARE 2006

That’s 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. 

That’s me (right) and my wife Denise (back) with other
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 didn’t get to know him more.

He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

R.I.P. Huntley.

Dave Tomlinson