DID YOU KNOW...?

These are little known facts about Wayne.

His left-hand large toe nail is missing due to an in-growing toe nail condition that led to its removal in 1998.

Wayne had large sticking out ears as a child and was mocked and bullied in junior school. It wasn't until he was 29 years old that he decided to have his ears pinned back. The ordeal was so traumatic that he only ever had his left ear done!

Wayne won a local borough community award in 1981 by creating the project of an entire school donating their unwanted toys and games and then donating them to a local children's hospital by giving them away as prizes in radio show competitions.

Wayne has appeared on television no less than three times. He featured in a news item on both BBCTV's Nationwide and ITV's Afternoon Plus in 1980 as the UK's youngest on-air presenter and he was also filmed interviewing Blue Peter presenter Simon Groom at the studios of Radio Lollipop that was aired on BBCTV's Blue Peter, again in 1980. He did get a Blue Peter badge but lost it in one of his house moves.

Wayne sang at a karaoke night to around 300 people. It was at Southern Pride, a gay pub in West Norwood and he performed the 1969 Eddie Holman hit: "(Hey There) Lonely Girl" in the same falsetto key as the original. And achieved it!

Wayne lost his virginity (with a girl) at the tender age of just 13 years old.

Wayne has a scar on his chin from an accident in the late 70's when he was giving his sister (Nikki) a lift on the back of his Chopper bicycle and they both fell off, skating across the tarmac of Westmead Road, Sutton, just yards from where they lived. They were both taken to hospital by ambulance.

Wayne got drunk, aged just 15 and fell out of a first floor bedroom window. He damaged his lower back at the base of the spine by falling on to the edge of a concrete step. He was taken to hospital by ambulance and the doctor advised that if he was to drink like that again, to stick to the ground floor! His back never fully recovered.

Wayne had a relationship with CB radio that lasted almost 12 months. One of the highlights was that he combined his love for poetry by creating a rap song that featured the handles (names) of many local CB'ers and he would often be asked to perform it both on air and at CB eyeballs (meets). Wayne's handle on the CB was 'ping.'

Wayne was caught smoking in the girls toilets at Camden Junior School, around 1978, at the age of 11. He was sent to the headmistress's office, Mrs Davis, who was a prolific smoker. He received three smacks on the back of the legs with a ruler.

Wayne learned to swim at Westcroft Leisure Centre, Carshalton in the final year of junior school, 1979, aged 12. He got his 10 metre badge the following week and his Grandmother sewed it onto his swimming trunks. He wore it with pride for the rest of the year, well every time he went swimming with the school.

Whilst driving in London, Wayne once gave way at a zebra crossing for The Who frontman legend and actor Roger Daltrey.

Wayne almost died in 2000 with PCP pneumonia. He was admitted in to St. George's Hospital and was in Intensive Care for 12 nights and stayed in hospital for 12 weeks. Somehow, through the amazing work of the nursing staff, he survived and made a sufficient recovery.

Wayne had a Chopper bicycle for most of his school days and would cycle to school. On the back, was an FM radio that he had tuned to Capital Radio 95.8 or Radio 1 and would play it fairly loudly both to and from school. It was parked in the front garden of a house near to the high school and was never stolen!

Every Christmas, between the ages of 6 to 10, the family would insist that Wayne performed for them. His front living room entertainment included impressions of Rod Hull and Emu, Frank Spencer, Tommy Cooper and a dance, similar to hip grinding moves of Tom Jones. At some point every year, his two sisters, Nikki and Michele would star as a trio dance act routine to Wig Wam Bam by Sweet.

Wayne did many disco's in his youth, aged between 13 - 16. Some of them were outdoors including a street party for The Royal Silver Jubilee which was held in the road Crossroads, Sutton and a summer fete for a Robin Hood Secondary School, Sutton. Other venues included a function room in the local pub, The Robin Hood, Sutton and two youth club halls, Century Youth Centre, Fellowes Road, Carshalton and Youth Centre 21, Sutton Common Road, Sutton.

In 1981, Wayne was the delivery person for a video game rental enterprise belonging to his friend Paul Gibb. He would walk and use buses carrying the collection of Atari game cartridges to houses in and around Sutton and collect rental fees from them.

Wayne spent most of his teenage years collecting both 7 and 12 inch vinyl records. He lived nearby to a cardboard factory and would frequently ask them for free cardboard. He sometimes had them cut the blank white card into index card size and catalogued his entire music collection in an A to Z index box.

Wayne realised he had a flare for DJ'ing as far back as 1977 when he was 10 years old. He created a tape cassette of music by recording tracks from the radio and then would record his own voice between the tracks. This was played to his school friends on a coach to Dover by his school teacher, Mr Dixon when he went on a school trip to France.