I'm so sorry we haven't updated this page for ages. As Dad said "The world is paved with good intentions, maybe that explains the gravel!" To sum up this past year in a few words is difficult but I'm going to try. The memorial was a triumph.....the great and good of the UK comedy world turned out in force. The moving and heartfelt speech by Jimmy Perry made us all cry like children, and Charles Garland read out a letter from Jeremy Lloyd which, as expected, was completely irreverent and absolutely hilarious!
The magnificent Rick Wakeman (a friend and huge fan) played the piano and conducted a choir singing an amalgamation of Dadís theme tunes which was both funny and musically breath taking. Mark Thompson (ex BBC Director General) did the tribute with a mixture of elegance, poignance and admiration, and quite simply there wasn't a dry eye in the house! How lucky he was to have friends like that!
All of his children and grand-children were there and it's certainly an occasion that none of us will ever forget. He was such a huge presence in all of our lives, and we are really very lucky to have known him. Having said that he was never a man to be either mawkish or for that matter overly sentimental, and his absolute sense of "Life must go on" has been stamped very deeply into all of our DNA.
The fact that this year, stage shows of his work are still being performed and "Dads Army" is still being repeated and attracting a loyal audience is something we are all so proud of. The fact that people are still visiting this web-site is amazing and we do so love hearing from you!
Finally, may I take this opportunity, to thank you all so much for the hundreds of condolences that flooded in. We did so appreciate it and Dad would, quite frankly, have been flabbergasted by all the attention his death received. Flabbergasted and thrilled!
Thank you all again
10th October 2011: 1500
Dad was buried in Suffolk, a place he loved, on Friday October 7th, after a small family funeral in our local church. It was a lovely service. All of his children were there, and all of his grandchildren too. We went back to the family home afterwards and had a celebration of his life. A few tears and a lot of laughs, just as he would have wanted. He would have been so touched by all your messages of condolence and support. It's been a huge comfort to Mum and an absolute joy to all of us, knowing how his work seemingly touched so many people all over the world. He was a quiet and gentle man and also, perhaps surprisingly, a modest one. He really would have been flabbergasted by the amount of press coverage etc his death received.
On a lighter note, just after he died in Portugal, and things were pretty grim to be honest, we saw a comment on BBC news and thought we'd share it with you on this page, as it made us laugh a lot and Dad would have absolutely loved it. "If Saint Peter asks your name, don't tell him Croft!..." (Thanks to Steve Barnett)
We will of course be organising a memorial next year, don't know where yet or even when, but will keep you all posted when we do. Thank you again, everybody, for all your kind messages of support, they meant so much to us all.
27th September 2011: 1330
The family of comedy legend David Croft OBE are sad to report that David died peacefully in his sleep at his house in Portugal earlier today. He was a truly great man, who will be missed by all who had the great fortune of knowing and loving him. We know that he would have been proud that you had all been watching.
This website is run by David's family, so please understand that your messages may take time to respond to, but are greatly appreciated.
We at the David Croft website would like to congratulate the indomitable Jeremy Lloyd on his well-deserved and long awaited OBE!
He has told us that he is "beyond delighted" and is having a suit specially made for the occasion, we offered him Dad's top hat, but he's going for black not grey! We are so thrilled for him, it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy!
David Croft receives doctorate!
On 4 November 2010 David was awarded an Honorary Degree of "Doctor of the University of East Anglia and Essex" at the Ipswich Town Hall.
Captain Mainwaring Comes Home!
A life sized bronze statue of Captain Mainwaring was unveiled in Thetford, Norfolk the home of Dad's Army.
Hi-De-Hi Hit's The Stage!
See Hi-De-Hi! live on stage. Join in the fun.
Full of classic moments and song's from the show
Starring Barry Howard and Nikki Kelly from the Orginial series!