LETTER: Pioneer Goon

From Mr Colin Berkeley

Sir: Eagle Eye believes that the expression "royalty of no fixed abode" "belongs" to Tony Banks MP (Diary, 11 January). Not so; this apt phrase was raised some time in the late 1950s by one William "Mate" Cobblers, when he informed Ned Seagoon that he could not sleep on a particular park bench as it was "reserved for royalty of no fixed abode" ("Dishonoured", Goon Show).

As so often, Spike Milligan was there first.

Yours faithfully,

Colin Berkeley


West Sussex