Lincolnshire Tributes to Sir David Frost
Lincolnshire tributes have been paid to Sir David Frost, who died aged 74 after a heart attack on Saturday, August 31.
The veteran broadcaster, perhaps most famous for his Richard Nixon interviews, was on board the cruise ship Queen Elizabeth at the time and had been due to give a speech.
Sir David enjoyed a long career in journalism, comedy writing and television presenting, including That Was the Week That Was, The Frost Report, and Breakfast With Frost.
He owned the rights to The Dam Busters 1950s film of Scampton-based 617 Squadron’s famous dams raid and signed Lord of the Rings director Sir Peter Jackson for the re-make.
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In February 2006 the Lincolnshire Echo reported how Sir David popped into The Dambusters Inn, at Scampton, for lunch during what was described as a bit of light reconnaissance.
Arthur Houghton, 86, from Lincoln, was once visited by Sir David at his Burton Road home.
The broadcaster popped in to see Mr Houghton’s handmade model of a Lancaster bomber.
Mr Houghton said: “He said to me ‘you are something special’.
“For a man like that to say something like that me was unbelievable.
“When he came to Lincoln, which was around five years ago, he stayed in Burton Road.
“I got a call from his secretary saying he wanted to come and look at my Lancaster and of a course I said ‘no problem’.
“The Lancaster was in my living room. It was on the table and when he came in at first he didn’t say anything.
“He just stared with his mouth open.
“Then he said he couldn’t believe what he was looking at and that he’d never seen anything like it.
“He stayed for about three hours - he wouldn’t leave it.
“We started one engine and he said he couldn’t believe it was a model.
“He was over the moon and said that he would go miles to see a Lancaster.
“I thought he was an interesting chap. There’s a photo of him with his arm round me with us shaking hands, and he kept squeezing me and saying ‘it’s not often that you meet people like you’.
“I’m very, very sorry to hear that he has died. He was one of the nicest blokes I’ve ever met.
“I’m in shock really. I couldn’t believe it. I think my lasting memory will be him there with his arm around my shoulder.”
Mr Houghton says he sold his plane at auction for £10,000 and believes the anonymous buyer was Sir David.
Barnie Choudhury, principal lecturer at the University of Lincoln’s School of Journalism, said: “I was lucky enough to meet Sir David Frost when I worked at Television Centre as a network news and social affairs correspondent.
“Of course, any student of journalism would have known about his brilliant interviews, sharp brain and immense wit, but in person he was even better. You sensed you were around someone special.
“Sir David just got the best out of people. He was a legend.
“His tips on interviewing are ones I still pass on to my students today: always do your homework, really, truly listen to the answers, and ask the questions the viewer or listener wants answering.
“He was among a select few who guaranteed news and top headlines with his access to world and national leaders.
“Few could touch Sir David professionally. He was a lovely man who didn't mind giving his time, especially to aspiring colleagues, and he made broadcasting look so effortless. I'll miss his intelligence, charm and brilliant talent.”