This fan-based Website would not be possible without the help of
several people, most notably Rita's wonderful family - Geraldine
Lewis, Louise Webb, Richard Webb and Joan Webb.
Who have given their help, support, time and trust in this project.
Geraldine alone spent many hours scanning pictures to send
to me and answering many questions for me and for that I give my
Louise also spent many hours sorting out scrap books and
photo-copying them for me and also was on hand to answer questions
Most of the fantastic pictures and information on this site would
not have been possible without them. And for that I am truely grateful.
Also a big thank you to Rita's long-lost side of the family. Allan
and Marg Dale and Keira Lockyer who supplied rare photographs
of Rita's family. And who were kind enough to share there family
history with me and allow it for inclusion on this site
And for Allan and Margs visit to me whilst holidaying in
London. I truely enjoyed meeting you both, especially our trip
to Whitton and historic tour helped by Vic Rosenware.
Special thanks also go to Judith Howard and her
wonderful husband Alvin Howard and daughter Charlotte
Howard for there kindness, support and friendship (not
to mention the great pictures and stories they allowed to be put
on this site!)
Also a special thanks must go to Merav Schejtman who put
me in touch in the first place.
(most of the photographs
on this site are copyright of Geraldine Lewis, Louise Webb,Joan
Webb, Richard Webb, Allan and Marg Dale, Keira Lockyer and Judith
Howard and use of them are strictly forbidden without the permission
of the copyright holders)
Thanks also to Rita's agent Peter Campbell, the actors Andrew
Ray, Peter Byrne and Peter Charlton for giving
up their time to chat with me and answer questions. To James
Codd and staff at the BBC written archives for their help and
Other thankyous must go to my webdesign teacher Simon Lees
for helping make this site look as good as it does and giving me
the time to complete this daunting task. To Marcus and Ranjit
for helping type up some of the newspaper articles and Michael
Casey for the drinks!
Thanks also to Janice for her early help and guidance.
My Partner J Antonio Minana-Fons who had to put
up with me talking about Rita Webb 24/7 and who helped to edit
Also not forgetting my friends Melanie Comber for the
'Pie and Mash' meet-ups and her boyfriend Richard who always
makes me laugh.
Mark Lewisohn and Dick Fiddy for giving me advice,
Special thanks to Simon Moss for always looking out
for me. and Tony Clark who always had time to chat about
Nostalgic moments from TV land.To Geoff Bowden
for the variety info! Bryan Hammond for the support.
This site is dedicated to my best friend Garry Foster who
I miss more than words can say and My Mum who
died too young and can never be replaced.... and finnally I thank
Henry Webb, Al Jeffery and the lady herself, Rita Webb.
Who many years after her death is still "making people laugh."
Long may the laughter continue! - Aaron Smith
For more information on how I found Rita's family
visit the Foreword page