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Lara Moran - The Hunt For Lost Archives

At the start of 2019, Gary Holton fan and 'London' local Lara Moran was interested in finding out if there was any archive media relating to Gary from the 1980's that wasn't already on the internet. The press back in the 80's were not what you would call 'kind' to Gary and the rest of the cast, looking for any little story that could be blown up into something it wasn't, and creating many horrible tabloid headlines such as 'Heroin Hoodlum'. The British Library is home to a vast archive of material, including newspapers, and so this is where Lara's quest began!. Copyright: The following images, articles and text are copyright awpet.com. Site Release Date: October 2019 Acknowledgement: Lara Moran and The British Library

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Having grown up with Auf Wiedersehen, Pet being frequently shown in my house during the late 80s and 90s, I'd always had an interest in the background of Gary Holton. Wayne had always stood out to me even when I was too young to grasp the storylines (and sometimes the accents). Wayne was confident, full of charm and his bright blue hair made even the most depressing hut seem colourful. It was only this year when I decided to re-watch the series after years of not seeing it, that my intrigue for Gary Holton's life outside of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet peaked. I had lots of questions about other projects he'd done, his life in the Heavy Metal Kids and the negativity portrayed by the press regarding his private life.
The internet is a great tool for tracking down answers to questions about most things, however I felt that there was a bit of a void when it came to Gary Holton. It was easy to find interviews, photos and videos of him throughout his time in the limelight however, I was struggling to find archive articles from 1985. I had read on various sites and forums that the press had been incredibly unkind during this period and were hounding him on set of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, even following him out to Spain during the filming of Series 2. Yet I was unable to find actual examples of what the press had printed about him and felt like I was only seeing half the picture. Numerous websites explained that it was The Star who had set out to get Gary. They had once been a newspaper who he had worked alongside with, happy to speak to, however 1985 saw a turn in his personal life, and evidently publishing these personal matters attracted more attention for the newspaper than maintaining a friendly relationship with Gary. At first, I researched the history of The Star to see if there were any online archives dating back as far as the 80s but unfortunately, the only releases that have been digitally archived date from 2000. So I'd hit a brick wall. After further investigating, I contacted UK Press Online and asked how I could locate editions pre 2000 and it was here that I was advised to try The British Library. Having looked into archives on The British Library's website, I contacted them directly to ensure that they definitely had what I was looking for. I knew I wanted to go through the papers from September/October 1985 as these were the dates websites referred to when talking about the press's obsession with Gary. The British Library explained that they did have copies of these releases however they were only available on microfilm and I would need to visit the library in person. Luckily enough, I live in London so this was an easy enough journey.  The library itself is incredibly impressive. A very old, traditional English building with tight security and a map to help find your way around the massive site. Once I was in the Newsroom, I gave the name of the newspaper and dates I required and waited while they brought them up from storage. I used a microfilm machine to scan through the papers page at a time as it's not possible to search keywords or anything else as advanced, it's simply using your eyes to skim through the articles. After a few hours of doing this, I had located plenty of articles that I had never seen before despite how much I had previously trawled through the internet. Articles along with photos that I'd never seen before filled me with confidence that I had found information that had been unseen for a very long time. Luckily, the screen that I was viewing the articles on allows you to take a digital picture of the article and send it as an attachment to your email. I checked and the copies were crystal clear, meaning I could re-read these at a later date and forward them onto Lee to check if he had seen them before. Reading the articles themselves was quite upsetting. It made me see why it's commonly thought amongst Gary Holton fans that reporters from The Star were bullying him. I feed that the articles contain a great deal of venom and are incredibly judgemental of the lifestyle he chose to lead. One of the articles is a huge spread covered over two days and contains an interview from his ex-girlfriend and mother of his son. I was shocked at the amount of detail she sold to the paper and can't begin to imagine how this negative and spiteful publicity must have affected him, his family and his career. Another factor that stood out to me was the succession of the articles. At first in October they were quite spread out, however as the weeks passed the articles became more and more frequent, eventually being published daily until the final headline read that he had died. Although these articles highlight a dark side of his life, they should by no means tarnish his character. We can look at it as Wayne Winston Norris and Gary Holton have been immortalised in time, similar in many ways. Both always remembered for being true rock n rollers who lived life to the fullest. Click on articles to enlarge.

Lara Moran - The Hunt For Lost Archives

At the start of 2019, Gary Holton fan and 'London' local Lara Moran was interested in finding out if there was any archive media relating to Gary from the 1980's that wasn't already on the internet. The press back in the 80's were not what you would call 'kind' to Gary and the rest of the cast, looking for any little story that could be blown up into something it wasn't, and creating many horrible tabloid headlines such as 'Heroin Hoodlum'. The British Library is home to a vast archive of material, including newspapers, and so this is where Lara's quest began!. Copyright: The following images, articles and text are copyright awpet.com. Site Release Date: October 2019 Acknowledgement: Lara Moran and The British Library
Do you have something to add? If you have something to add, whether it be pictures, a magazine interview or something else, we would love to have it on the Fansite! Please use the Contact link above in the navigation bar and Email us.
Having grown up with Auf Wiedersehen, Pet being frequently shown in my house during the late 80s and 90s, I'd always had an interest in the background of Gary Holton. Wayne had always stood out to me even when I was too young to grasp the storylines (and sometimes the accents). Wayne was confident, full of charm and his bright blue hair made even the most depressing hut seem colourful. It was only this year when I decided to re-watch the series after years of not seeing it, that my intrigue for Gary Holton's life outside of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet peaked. I had lots of questions about other projects he'd done, his life in the Heavy Metal Kids and the negativity portrayed by the press regarding his private life.
The internet is a great tool for tracking down answers to questions about most things, however I felt that there was a bit of a void when it came to Gary Holton. It was easy to find interviews, photos and videos of him throughout his time in the limelight however, I was struggling to find archive articles from 1985. I had read on various sites and forums that the press had been incredibly unkind during this period and were hounding him on set of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, even following him out to Spain during the filming of Series 2. Yet I was unable to find actual examples of what the press had printed about him and felt like I was only seeing half the picture. Numerous websites explained that it was The Star who had set out to get Gary. They had once been a newspaper who he had worked alongside with, happy to speak to, however 1985 saw a turn in his personal life, and evidently publishing these personal matters attracted more attention for the newspaper than maintaining a friendly relationship with Gary. At first, I researched the history of The Star to see if there were any online archives dating back as far as the 80s but unfortunately, the only releases that have been digitally archived date from 2000. So I'd hit a brick wall. After further investigating, I contacted UK Press Online and asked how I could locate editions pre 2000 and it was here that I was advised to try The British Library. Having looked into archives on The British Library's website, I contacted them directly to ensure that they definitely had what I was looking for. I knew I wanted to go through the papers from September/October 1985 as these were the dates websites referred to when talking about the press's obsession with Gary. The British Library explained that they did have copies of these releases however they were only available on microfilm and I would need to visit the library in person. Luckily enough, I live in London so this was an easy enough journey.  The library itself is incredibly impressive. A very old, traditional English building with tight security and a map to help find your way around the massive site. Once I was in the Newsroom, I gave the name of the newspaper and dates I required and waited while they brought them up from storage. I used a microfilm machine to scan through the papers page at a time as it's not possible to search keywords or anything else as advanced, it's simply using your eyes to skim through the articles. After a few hours of doing this, I had located plenty of articles that I had never seen before despite how much I had previously trawled through the internet. Articles along with photos that I'd never seen before filled me with confidence that I had found information that had been unseen for a very long time. Luckily, the screen that I was viewing the articles on allows you to take a digital picture of the article and send it as an attachment to your email. I checked and the copies were crystal clear, meaning I could re-read these at a later date and forward them onto Lee to check if he had seen them before. Reading the articles themselves was quite upsetting. It made me see why it's commonly thought amongst Gary Holton fans that reporters from The Star were bullying him. I feed that the articles contain a great deal of venom and are incredibly judgemental of the lifestyle he chose to lead. One of the articles is a huge spread covered over two days and contains an interview from his ex-girlfriend and mother of his son. I was shocked at the amount of detail she sold to the paper and can't begin to imagine how this negative and spiteful publicity must have affected him, his family and his career. Another factor that stood out to me was the succession of the articles. At first in October they were quite spread out, however as the weeks passed the articles became more and more frequent, eventually being published daily until the final headline read that he had died. Although these articles highlight a dark side of his life, they should by no means tarnish his character. We can look at it as Wayne Winston Norris and Gary Holton have been immortalised in time, similar in many ways. Both always remembered for being true rock n rollers who lived life to the fullest.
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