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Simon Dee: Your comments

Simon Dee

Simon Dee, one of the biggest stars on British TV in the 1960s, has died at the age of 74.

He presented the Dee Time programme on BBC TV and was linked with the spirit of the Swinging Sixties.

However, he fell from grace at the end of the decade and disappeared from the airwaves.

BBC News Online readers have sent their comments on the iconic presenter.


Simon Dee was a man of his time who carried us youngsters along with him. He was forthright, fresh and entertaining. He was a sign of what could be achieved when individuals and the young stood up for themselves. Hence Radio Caroline helped batter down the doors of the establishment. Sadly Simon grew up and lost sight of youthful goals. It seems he lost it all through greed! I have always missed him and wondered what became of him. RIP Simon Dee, and thanks.
Albert Vickers, Malaga, Spain

I am saddened to hear of Simon Dee's death, I feel he was treated so unfairly, and compared to Ross and Brand, he was far superior. Today's celebrities have very little talent and Simon Dee kept us all entertained for a few years. It is so sad he ended up in obscurity.
Denise Bennett, Ellesmere, Shropshire

I was the production assistant on the first Dee Time when it was produced live from Manchester and moved with it to London. The producer was Terry Henebery and the director Syd Lotterby. Later David Mallett took over the direction. They were happy years, great fun and we were all very privileged to go through this era of telly. Simon, for all his faults, was a great character and will be sadly missed by those who remember him.
June Schneeweiss-Moody (nee Smith), Monchique, Portugal

I met Simon in the 60's when he opened the village fete in Kilburn, Derbyshire. My mother had a stall selling chutneys and pickles and she was delighted when Simon came along for a chat and bought a jar of pickled onions. She was impressed by his friendliness and his willingness to participate in the fund raising. I still have the programme form that day which he signed.
Rosemary Latham, Wellington, Somerset

What a sad and very emotional time for me and many people who will relate to Simon and his unique presentational style. One of the nicest guys around in the 60's and certainly one of the most significant disc jockeys of the pirate radio ships era.

I will always remember those immortal words of his when Caroline first hit the air waves and Simon Dee, in his very evocative and personal style, described the studio on the ship together with all the equipment - the turntables, the speakers etc, etc.

He will be sadly missed by those of us who grew up and lived in the early days of commercial pop radio.
Jack Myszkowski, Radlett

As President of Falmouth Rotary Club I invited Simon to be guest of honour at our 60's night in February 2001. My hometown is Winchester and Simon regularly wrote letters to the local press under his real name. I found him to be charming, witty, intelligent and unassuming and refusing payment for coming, other than expenses although he was clearly not well off. Although guests wore evening dress, Simon wore a pullover! My impression was that he had been to hell and back.
Jill Mooney, Falmouth, Cornwall

I remember sitting outside Deal Coastguard station looking out on the sea the day Radio Caroline sunk. Also Simon and Roger Day both dressed in purple matching trouser suits visiting next door as Roger was dating their daughter. What happy memories. Rest in peace Simon.
Edwina Meacher (nee Moat), Totton, Southampton, Hampshire

I was so lucky to spend some months knowing Simon, helping him to get a job back in radio in the late 1970s. As a broadcaster, he was unique and had real character and a point of difference, while so many before and since appear 'plastic' and come from the same cast. We can bemoan his failings, while I would rather reflect on his brilliance. Life was never meant to be easy, and all of us strive to be the best and be at the top. Simon's time at the top may have been short, but he did get there. A stunning man who I will miss.
David Longman, Huntingdon

Simon will always be remembered as the first voice of offshore station Radio Caroline, still on air today.

His return, via Channel 4, proved he could still anchor a chat show.

He is certainly a sad loss to an industry which today fails to encourage new talent and I'm often left wondering what a shame it would have been if Simon had lived today. He would never have been the voice of a station which changed British broadcasting for ever nor would he have been the figure he was!

RIP Simon, you made you mark even though the industry let you down in later life.
Eric Wiltsher, Poprad, Slovakia

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