1. Patrick McGooghan - Star of The Prisoner, famously bought everyone in a drink in the Mill Hill Services Club when he got paid for it. Used to live on the Ridgway.
2. Roger Moore - Former James Bond. Had a house in Millway with Dorothy Squires, moved out tp Denham when he got tired of finding fans in his front garden.
3. Graham Hill - Former Formula One racing champion. Died piloting a plane from Elstree Aerodrome in thick fog, crashing on a golf course in Arkley. Lived in Parkside Mill Hill.
4. Don Black - Grammy winning song writer - wrote the theme tune for the Man with the Golden Gun, which his former Millway Neighbour Roger Moore starred in. Happily, unlike the first three former residents is still very much alive and well.
5. Bruce Forsyth - TV Presenter. Lived in Mill Hill and his daughters attended St Marys Abbey school on the Ridgeway.
6. Robin Elliot - Former WWII submarine commander and former chairman of the Mill Hill Services club. An interesting character and very much a gentleman. A good man in a crisis and an even better man to have a drink with.
7. Charlie Dawson - Local Policeman. He was the local bobby, a large man who commanded huge respect and dealt with matters with common sense and a clip around the ear for any local herberts, in the days before paperwork was the top priority. Used to provide the security for the drinking club at The Sacred Heart Church social club, ensuring good order at all times, until it was closed on orders of the Parish Priest in 1972. You didn't mess with Charlie.
8. Rex Godwin - local shoemender and pools agent. Back in the days when people had shoes repaired Rex owned the local cobbler service on the Broadway. Acted as the local agent for the pools, and so knew all the Mill Hill gossip. The Godwins were a Mill Hill institution, his son David ran the large plumbing supplies company before passing away.
9. Bunny Ennis - colourful character who used to prop up various bars, including Hendon and Edgware cricket club in Mill Hill Park. Was involved in the car trade, rumoured to be an inspiration for the Arthur Daley character in Minder, as there was a rumour that he sold Leon Griffiths, the writer a dodgy motor, with a no money back guarantee, but this is probably a tall tale! If you knew Bunny you treated his tales with several pinches of salt, but they were alll highly entertaining.
There is a full list of famous Mill Hillians on the Mill Hill Preservation website.
I must also mention my favourite Mill Hillian, who will forever be with us. Billy Fury, who is buried in Mill Hill cemetery
came across the grave of Billy Fury this afternoon. Cap doffed in salute to the Mill Hill rocker. pic.twitter.com/ROukFJlliz— Sean Eatherden (@headtofoot) October 16, 2014
Richard Wilkinson is a born and bred Mill Hillian and a great friend of this blog. Guest lists are always welcome at the Barnet Eye.