Ref no44790
TitleThe personal records of Fred Wedlock
Datec1965 - c2005
DescriptionVideos and CDs of television programmes and performances, promotional photographs and press cuttings, song lyrics, jokes and scripts, research notes and papers, correspondence. Some of the video material is available to view in the Bristol Record Office searchroom.
LevelCollection
Extent11 boxes
Administrative historyFred Wedlock [Full name Peter Frederick Wedlock] (23 May 1942 - 4 March 2010) was a comedian, folk singer and broadcaster.

"Wedlock was raised in a Bristol pub, making his debut at the age of four, singing to the customers. ... [A]t university in Swansea, he acquired a banjo and guitar and discovered American folk music .... He continued singing while working as a youth employment officer, and then for Lewis's department store, before a spell as a teacher in London and ... Bristol.

Wedlock's [first] album, The Folker, was released in 1971. .... [T]racks included the Adge Cutler song, in Bristol dialect, Thee's Got'n Where Thee Cassn't Back'n Hassn't?

Wedlock continued as a popular folk club performer, with new albums every couple of years including ... The Oldest Swinger in Town, with accompaniment from Chris Newman... reached number six in the charts [in January 1981], with Fred appearing on Top of the Pops. The song was written by Ed Pickford, although Fred altered the words.

Wedlock ... perform[ed] at festivals and clubs, as well as providing the entertainment at corporate events and sports clubs. He was a great supporter of the Variety Club's Children's Charity in the south-west.

His television work, much of it in the south-west, included Wholly Wedlock, recorded in a Bristol pub for Channel 4; Entertaining Mr Wedlock, about pantomime dames; and an antiques programme, The Bargain Hunters, both for HTV. He also appeared in regional news programmes and presented radio shows with jazzman Acker Bilk.

In 1997 he appeared in Bristol Old Vic's production of Up the Feeder, Down the Mouth, about the city's docks, which was revived in an open-air production on the harbourside in 2001. Other acting work included Mrs Gerrish's Christmas Stockings for Bristol's Ministry of Entertainment theatre company.

Fred was a lifelong supporter of Bristol City FC; the Wedlock stand at the football ground was named after his grandfather Billy, who captained the team and played for England."

Taken from the obituary, by Derek Schofield, published in the Guardian newspaper 9 March 2010 (www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/mar/08/fred-wedlock-obituary).
Access statusOpen
Related materialSee BRO Acc no: 44703 - The records of Available Light Productions. Fred presented several television programmes produced by Available Light.
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