Memories for millions as death of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em writer announced
Raymond Allen, best known as the writer of the classic 1970s sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, has died on the Isle of Wight.
He passed away on Sunday, October 2, aged 82 years old.
Born in 1940 in Ryde, the British television screenwriter and playwright wrote sketches for Frankie Howerd, Dave Allen, Hale and Pace, Jimmy Cricket and Little and Large.
He penned more than 30 plays, but he will be best remembered as the creator of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, starring Michael Crawford as the hapless ‘Frank Spencer’ and Michele Dotrice as his wife ‘Betty’.
It was regularly watched by 25 million viewers and was shown in over 60 countries.
In a statement, the family of Raymond Allen said: "It is with greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our much-loved husband, stepfather, and grandad.
"After a short illness, with family and friends by his side, he passed away peacefully.
"His life's work gave joy and laughter to many millions of people not just in this country
but all around the world.
"Raymond has left us all with wonderful memories filled with fun, laughter, and
"He will be remembered as a very humble, kind and generous man. His legacy will live on.
"He will be greatly missed by many."
Raymond Allen went to Ryde Secondary Modern school and worked as a cub reporter for the Isle of Wight Times, at the age of 16.
He served in the RAF and when he returned to the Isle of Wight, took jobs in hotels and at Shanklin's Regal Cinema.
He was formerly interviewed by Isle of Wight podcaster and author Josh Barry. Read more HERE.