Sunday 19 November 2017



Well we all know that Meg Mortimer would strike up the band, engage "John" in the key of D and even give Chester Harriott a nod on the piano, but did you know that her brother, Andy was also fond of  a singsong?

This is a great piece of nostalgia for fans of the show - and another rare piece of merchandise that credits the "character" as well as the actor. It is also another example of early TV tie-in merchandise as it dates from 1966.

His obituary in "The Scotsman" referred to his love of singing and his roots to Scotland:

"IAN Paterson enjoyed several years as a top-of-the-bill singer in many of the leading Scottish theatres from the post-war years till the Sixties. He had a charming light musicality to his voice that blended in well with other leading singers and his warm and jovial personality made him popular with audiences all round Scotland. "

Ian joined Crossroads in 1965 and appeared (on and off) until 1975. As the brother of Meg he was involved in many story-lines throughout his time - and was even the focus of the 1966  "500 episodes" celebration when his character married Ruth Bailey. His last appearance, as far as I know, was to attend the wedding of Meg and Hugh in 1975, appearing at the wedding reception held at the "Droitwich Hotel" in episode 2302 - although not at the Cathedral itself in episode 2301. 

Daughter, friend, son-in-law, mother, nephew... but no Andy Fraser!
Oh there he is - complete with wife Ruth

Seated next to Meg at the reception - and excited by the cake.

Waving off the happy couple

Shame he couldn't make the wedding. Clearly he was only interested in the cake...  Wedding breakfast aside I like his relaxed performance in the show, and look forward to hearing this record - if I ever buy myself a record player!

Ian Patinson's earliest surviving appearance (Episode 496) from November 1966



Whilst Browsing on ebay today I came across this 1960's / 1970's wallpaper for sale. Whilst not a perfect match, it is pretty close to that used in the reception of the Crossroads Motel in the 1970s. Now.. my wife has (so far) not objected too much with me buying stuff to recreate the Sitting Room, but if I started pitching up a reception desk in the middle of the lounge she might get annoyed. 

Either way - the link is here - should you have a spare room... and an understanding partner!