• The day George Best overtook me in a Lotus on the Harrogate Road

    One year ago - By The Guardian

    It's 1969, and a starstruck schoolboy catches a glimpse of the absurdly talented footballer and his Danish fiancee The swinging 60s never really caught on at King James's grammar school in Knaresborough . Here the school song was a hymn of praise to obedience. Loyalty to house, school, Queen and country was the primary virtue. But in the autumn of 1969, at the age of 12, I thrillingly left that staid, if kindly, world behind to come face to face with the personification of the radical, excessive spirit of the age. 'Who's that idiot?', said my father
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