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Oooh matron! Kenneth Williams’ clock goes up for sale

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Catherine Southon was thrilled when a woman walked into her auctioneer’s office in Bromley to show her a classic 1960s clock with some great provenance.

Wake up call: Kenneth Williams

The clock once belonged to Kenneth Williams, actor, comedian and diarist most famous for his roles in the Carry On films.

“I had always been a bit of a fan and once wrote to him after he recited a poem that made a reference to West Wickham and I got a lovely letter back from him,” Southon’s new client told her.

“Then I happened to go to a fundraiser for one of Robert Knox-Johnston’s sailing adventures in 1978 and the auction included this clock, which had belonged to Kenneth Williams, so I simply had to bid for it.”

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