Alan Kendall (1934 – 2017) was born on 9 April in Bethnal Green, the last of eleven children. He worked first as an electrician and then in a variety of trades including owning a market stall. Alan was a fan of boxing, football, and gambling, and was one of the first people to use the Eurostar to get to France. He married wife Pat in 1955 and they remained together until her death in 2014. They had three children: Tony, Carol and Jackie.