Saturday 8th March 1986 – John on Saturday Superstore

BBC TV Centre

Went to see John this time, well what a git!!

Some girls that ran in through the barriers  and got inside managed to see him  and they said he was ‘moany’ and when they called him he ignored them! He also left by an exit that only a few girls were stood at. We were at the main gates and there was about 100 of us!!

Afterwards we decided to go to JT’s house and he wasn’t in apparently. But out of his front door came these two girls and we asked them who they were. They said they were old friends of John’s and they ran off up his street holding hands and laughing. After that we went to Nick’s but he wasn’t in either. Saturday wasn’t a good Duran day really. We did meet up with some nice girls though. One called Charlotte who was a John fan and another called Anna who was an Andy fan.


Hanging outside BBC TV Centre was something you did if you wanted a chance to see your idol back in the 80’s. You would hang outside these large gates that were flagged by sentry boxes. The BBC security guards were in them and the BBC called these security guards Commissionaires. The gates would be lifted by them when cars came in with celebrities or workers. This was often the best opportunity to run in alongside a car and try to get into the building! It was often tried and sometimes people got lucky and made it in. Your whole time in the building was spent being chased by these commissionaires – who were usually old and could never keep up! If you got into the BBC you hid in dressing rooms, toilets and once I found myself in a boiler room! I am amazed today at the guts we used to have. We even used to climb over the back fences and get in that way! This is what you did to see your idols in those days. And all we ever wanted was a photo with them or an autograph!!


About thedurandiaries

Long time Duran fan. Followed them since 1985 - and that means physically going to see them! I kept a diary from 1986 and thought it may be funny to write them up on a blog. And the profile picture is of the actual of diary. Yes it has Care Bear stickers on it. But this was the 80's. And Care Bears were cute. View all posts by thedurandiaries

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