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Lemmy the Movie: Motorhead frontman's Amlwch schooldays

Lemmy was in the Rocking Vicars and Hawkwind before Motorhead

Notorious heavy metal star Lemmy, of Motorhead, is the subject of a new documentary film. The crew have been to Amlwch to find out about his schooldays.

It's not everyday an American film producer turns up at your school and says he'd like to talk about a former pupil. But that's what happened to headmaster Emyr Williams at Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones in Amlwch.

"I was in the deputy's office and a gentleman came to the door. He explained he was a film producer and was very confident, as Americans are," said Emyr.

"I was a little doubtful to begin with, because we do have a security door on reception and I don't know how he got past it, but then realised there was a camera crew outside."

It turned out the producer was in the middle of filming a documentary about Lemmy, the front man of metal band, Motorhead, who had been a pupil at the Anglesey school in the late 1950s.

Real name Ian Fraser Willis, he had moved to nearby Benllech with his mother when he was ten.


Lemmy was born 24 December 1945 in Burslem, Stoke
He's said to be called Lemmy because he always used to say 'len'me a quid'
He worked at Hotpoint, Llandudno Junction, before leaving to forge a music career in London

"He was always really into music and we used to play a bit in Benllech," said school friend, Bill Murrell. "We used to go and watch the Anglesey Stranglers, a group from our school who played in Benllech Memorial Hall."

However, more than 40 years on, head Emyr wasn't sure his pupils would have heard of the rock and roller.

"But one of the sixth form boys who's studying music knew exactly who he was, so the film crew chatted with him," he said.

With no warning of the visit, the headmaster restricted the interviews to the oldest pupils only, who seemed delighted to be part of a rock documentary.

But Emyr can't help wondering what Lemmy might say about his old school on the film, as he didn't leave under the best of circumstances.

"I believe that he was expelled from here," he said. "There was something in the newspaper about a teacher trying to give him the cane. I don't know if it's true, but I don't think he left on the best of terms."

Within a couple of hours, the whirlwind visit of the production team was also over, but leaving a more positive impression.


"The man who I spoke to was polite, loved the scenery of Anglesey and was really interested in the school," said Emyr. "He thanked us before he left, but when I got home that night, I thought - who on earth was he?

"It will be interesting to see our part in the film when it comes out."

The film is being premiered at a film festival in Texas next month. Details of its UK release date haven't yet been confirmed, but it should be available on DVD in the future.


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