Andy Bell is known around the world as one half of the pop group Erasure. He was born in Peterborough on 25th April 1964 in Thorpe Hall. He lived in Dogsthorpe and attended both Dogsthorpe Infant and Junior Schools, where he was a choir boy. His name features in the registration book for Dogsthorpe Junior School, which is held in Peterborough Archives. He moved to Kings School for his secondary education.
In 1985 Bell met his Erasure partner Vince Clark and they had huge success as a pop duo. Together they sold millions of records around the world with hits which included 'Sometimes' and 'A Little respect'. He currently calls Miami home, but is still working and touring around the world.
His has given mixed feelings of his time in Peterborough, claiming that he felt 'secure and safe' whilst at Dogsthorpe Junior School, but also complaining that Peterborough was one of 'the most scary places on the planet'. He is known as a gay icon for openly embracing his sexuality and discussing topics important to the gay community.
Picture By Andrew Hurley (Flickr: Andy Bell, Erasure) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Peter Boizot was born in Peterborough on 16th November 1929. He lived on All Saint's Road and attended The King's School, taking both chorister and head boy roles before heading to Cambridge University. He moved to London and, wistful for good Italian pizzas that he had enjoyed as a youth, he invested in pizzeria Pizza Express. Taking a bold move to create a new dining experience in London, was a strategy that paid off and Boizot is credited with successfully introducing pizza restaurants to the UK. Currently there are around 500 Pizza Express restaurants around the world.
A proud Peterborian, Boizot invested money in the city, buying Peterborough United, the Great Northern Hotel and Odeon Cinema, turning it into the Broadway Theatre. Currently named 'The New Theatre' it contains the 'Boizot Lounge' in his honour and is the venue for the Peterborough Jazz Club; previously its home was the Great Northern Hotel.
Boizot received several honours in his life including an MBE. Some of his honours are from Italy: concerned at the challenges facing the Italian city of Venice, he asked that a small amount from every Venetziana pizza was donated to the Venice in Peril charity. This has resulted in £2,000,000 being donated to the charity, as well as increased exposure for the plight of the city of Venice.
Peter Boizot died on 5th December 2018. A memorial service was held in February 2019 at Peterborough Cathedral.
Andy Bell is known around the world as one half of the pop group Erasure. H…
Peter Boizot was born in Peterborough on 16th November 1929. He lived on Al…