Since   our   launch   in   1988   we’ve   been   very   lucky   to   have   huge   support   from   many   of   the   cast   and   crew.   Here   are   just   some   of   our   key   players   from   the saga. Jane Rossington Jane   Rossington   is   the   only   Crossroads   cast   member   to   be   in   the   first   episode   and   last   episode   of   the   now   classic   series. Jane   was   no   stranger   to   television   soap   when   the   daily   serial   started   -   she   had   already   played   the   part   of   Kate   Ford,   a nurse   in   the   ATV   London   based   Emergency   Ward   Ten   series.   But   it   was   as   Jill   Richardson   that   Jane   would   become   a household name, and for 24 eventful years Jill would be part of tea-time viewing on ITV. Jane   was   born   Jane   Patricia   Rossington   in   Derby   in   1943.   Her   older   brother,   born   in   September   1932,   was   the   Reverend John   Anthony   Rossington   -   who   hit   the   local   headlines   back   in   the   1960s   when   he   devised   a   four-point   birth   control   plan aimed at ending the population explosion. It included sterilisation for very large families. Reverend   Rossington   first   became   a   well-known   figure   while   at   the   Holy Trinity   Church   in   Smethwick   during   the   1960s,   here the   Crossroads   wedding   of   Brian   Jarvis   to   Janice   Gifford   took   place.   John   was   the   Reverend   within   the   programme,   which   lead   to   press   speculation   the two actors were really married. Reverend   Canon   J A   Rossington   moved   to   St.Faith   and   St.Laurance   in   1968   where   he   remained   for   twenty   years,   until   his   untimely   death   aged   just   55. At this church Reverend Rossington also conducted the funeral of Crossroads actor Roger Tonge, who died from Cancer aged just 35 in 1981. Jane   Rossington   married   fellow   Crossroads   professional,   director,   Tim   Jones   in   1965.   He   later   left   ATV   to   work   for   Granada   in   Manchester   on   Coronation Street   and   with   so   many   months   apart   the   marriage   failed.   However   Jane   found   happiness   with   second   husband,   chartered   surveyor,   David   Dunger.   The couple united in 1972. "I'm   glad   my   own   life   hasn't   been   as   eventful   as   Jill's.   Jill   was   a   bit   of   a   chameleon.   She   would   wake   up   a   different   character,   often   because   we   had new writers." Jane once said. She   has   two   grown   up   children,   Sorrel   and   Harry   -   the   former   playing   the   part   of   on-screen   daughter   Sarah-Jane   from   1974   to   1983.   In   recent   times   Jane has   taken   life   a   little   slower,   however   continues   to   perform   if   the   role   appeals,   she   has   the   luxury   of   being   able   to   pick   what   kind   of   work   she   wants   to   do these days. In 2000 she returned to the re-launched Crossroads Hotel. "I   was   just   incredibly   curious   about   what   it   would   be   like,   and   also   I   felt   I   owed   it   to   Nolly   to   come   back.   I   was   very   excited   when   I   found   out   that   it was being brought back because I felt that at long last Noele up there in heaven would feel vindicated." Jane   has   criticised   ATV   and   Central   for   not   giving   Crossroads   the   backing   it   deserved.   "It's   only   Crossroads."   is   how   the   television   companies   viewed   the series.   In   the   early   years   of   Crossroads   Jane   also   used   to   rush   off   to   the   BBC   studios   in   Birmingham   to   record   the   radio   soap   -   The Archers.   She   also   would often have many weeks leave to do other programmes and stage work. People   often   think   that   Jane   hardly   worked   after   the   end   of   Crossroads   in   1988,   however   that   couldn't   be   further   from   the   truth. Television   work   included the   1990   ITV   Drama   Tide   Race,   where   she   played   the   mother   of   a   Down's   child.   She   also   appeared   in   Channel   4   serial   Brookside   in   2000   where   she   played 'cousin Jill' who made her money in the hotel business. There   were   many   theatre   tours   including   recently   appearing,   to   great   critical   reviews,   in   The   Snow   Queen.   Jane   also   for   a   number   of   years   fronted   her own radio programme on a commercial regional station. She has been the Crossroads Appreciation Society's main patron since April 1988. Peter Ling Born   27th   of   May   1926,   in   Croydon   Surrey.   He   was   the   only   child   of Theodora,   a   schoolteacher   and   Fred   Hugh,   a   member   of the   Magic   Circle   who   appeared   in   concert   party. A   pupil   at   Whitgift   Grammar   School,   Peter   was   an   Ovaltinie,   performing   on the   children's   radio   show.   His   first   piece   was   published   in   Good   Housekeeping   at   the   age   of   13.   His   first   novel,   'Voices Offstage' was published five years later. During   the   Second   World   War,   he   was   a   Bevan   Boy.   Peter   was   tall   and   slightly   built   so   was   considered   unsuitable   for underground   work.   He   spent   the   long   train   journeys   to   Nottinghamshire   reading   Jane   Austen.   He   subsequently   served   in the   Pay   Corps,   and   on   demobilisation   he   was   found   to   have   TB.   In   the   sanatorium,   he   started   writing   for   BBC   radio   as   well as providing the 'Three J's' text stories for the Eagle comic. He   moved   on   to   the   new   medium   of   children's   television,   writing   'Whirligig'   in   1950,   a   children's   programme   which   included   puppets,   music   from   Steve Race   and   Edmundo   Ros,   and   on   which   (now   disgraced)   Rolf   Harris   made   his TV   debut.   Sheilah   Ward,   an   aspiring   actress   on   the   programme,   was   to   become Peter's   wife   in   1954.   He   also   wrote   'Happy   Holidays',   starring   Hattie   Jacques,   John   Le   Mesurier   and   Clive   Dunn.   Peter   became   Children's   Script   editor   at Rediffusion,   as   it   then   was;   but   also   indulged   his   love   of   detective   stories   as   a   regular   writer   for   one   of   the   1950s   top   series,   No   Hiding   Place.   He   also wrote episodes of Dixon of Dock Green and The Avengers. Peter   hawked   songs   round   London's   tinpan   alley   and   in   1961,   a   single   for   Matt   Monroe   'Why   Not   Now'   reached   the   charts.   The   1960s   saw   a   prodigious   TV output   including   Champion   House,   Sexton   Blake,   and   the   Mind   Robber   episodes   of   Doctor   Who.   Hazel   Adair   knew   Peter   from   children's   slapstick programme Rumpus Point, and asked him to work with her on a new series Compact, which was a twice weekly dramatisation of life on a glossy magazine. Whilst   that   was   still   running,   Lew   Grade   asked   the   duo   to   write   a   new   daily   serial   for   ATV.   He   wanted   them   to   develop   another   writer's   idea   for   a   series set   in   a   boarding   house,   but   Peter   and   Hazel   were   not   keen.   Grade   told   them   they   would   have   to   convince   him   that   they   could   come   up   with   something better   and   over   the   weekend   they   devised   Crossroads,   centred   around   the   much   more   glamorous   concept   of   a   motel,   which   starred   Noelle   Gordon   as   Meg and   was   tea-time   viewing   for   millions   four   days   a   week   from   1964   until   1988.      Peter   was   aware   of   the   criticism   of   the   programme   for   its   wobbly   sets   and lack of rehearsal, later affectionately parodied by Julie Walters and Victoria Wood in Acorn Antiques. After   Crossroads   finished   Peter   found   it   difficult   to   get   work   in   television,   so   he   went   back   to   radio.   He   wrote   a   number   of   single   plays   as   well   as   adapting Sherlock   Holmes   stories,   and   Arnold   Bennett's   novel,   'Imperial   Palace'.   The   cast   of   his   Crown   House   series,   an   aristocratic   family   saga,   included   Martin Jarvis,   Jane Asher,   Margaret   Rawlings,   Dinah   Sheridan   and   Gayle   Hunnicut. A   trilogy   of   romantic   costume   novels   was   a   big   success   in   the   USA,   and   bought by CBS-TV for serialisation. Peter's last novels drew heavily on his childhood, and the Second World War period. Peter became our honorary patron in April 2002. Peter Dalton Peter   Dalton   has   been   a   member   of   Carlton's   Junior   Television   Workshop   since   1990   and   auditioned   for   the   part   of   kitchen hand   Des   White   as   well   as   Minty   as   both   Minty   and   Des   were   originally   planned   to   be   from   ethnic   backgrounds.   However Marc Jordan got the part of Des and Peter was offered the role of Minty. Before   landing   his   lead   role   in   Crossroads,   Peter   had   appeared   as   a   walk-on   in   other   Central   Television   productions   such   as their   drama   Peak   Practice   and   sitcom   Barbara.   After   leaving   Crossroads   Peter   had   a   successful   stint   in   West   End   theatre productions   before   returning   to   television   in   2008   on   BBC   Three,   where   he   starred   in   one   of   their   youth-aimed   sitcoms   - Trexx and Flipside. Our long running brand Return To Crossroads welcomed Peter Dalton as Patron of the site in November 2001. Return   To   Crossroads   started   out   as   a   general   information   site   about   the   soap,   run   by   CAS   team   member,   Ian Armitage.   From   2004   to   2008   the   site   hosted a   collection   of   video   clips   featuring   highlights   from   series   one   to   series   three,   however   since   March   2008   the   site   has   been   host   to   the   Fan   Club photograph collection which celebrates all versions of Crossroads from 1964 to 1988 and again from 2000 to 2003. Speaking to Return to Crossroads in 2001, Peter told  us: " Good   Afternoon,   Good   Evening   and   Welcome   to   Crossroads!   I'm   Pete   Dalton   aka   Minty,   and   when   Ian   asked   me   to   become   patron   of   this,   the   first website   I   found   when   I   found   out   I   had   been   given   a   part   in   the   new   show,   I   was   more   than   honoured.   Thanks   to   all   of   you,   even   "Tish"   [a   long running   regular   on   our   forum],   wherever   she   is   right   now!,   for   the   tremendous   amount   of   support   you   have   given   the   show.   Keep   up   the   good work!" Cindy Marshall-Day Cindy   is   one   of   the   most   popular   actresses   from   the   Carlton-Central   revival   of   Crossroads,   which   was   in   production between 2000 and 2003. Cindy   played   the   glamorous   Tracey   Booth,   who's   many   story   lines   were   a   major   part   of   the   daily   daytime   soap.   The character    went    from    unhappy    wife    to    suicidal    alcoholic    and    later    even    bar    manager!    Today    Cindy    is    a    shrewd businesswoman   with   many   interests   away   from   the   limelight. Along   with   her   jet-set   husband,   Cindy   also   likes   to   travel   and the   couple   have   homes   in   America   as   well   as   the   UK.   When   in   the   UK   Cindy   has   occasionally   returned   to   television   when her schedule allows, most recently Cindy has been seen working as a television presenter on Sky. Presenting   isn't   new   to   Cindy   however   -   her   television   career   stretches   back   to   her   late   teens   when   she   was   a   co-hostess   on the primetime version of gameshow The Price Is Right. Hosted by Leslie Crowther the series became a must-see show in the 1980s. She   has   also   starred   as   an   actress   on   ITV   before   Crossroads   appearing   as   a   busty   secretary   in   Fiddlers   Three   alongside   Peter   Davison,   Paula   Wilcox,   Peter Blake,   Charles   Kay   and   Tyler   Butterworth   in   1991,   she   also   popped   up   in   EastEnders   as   one   of   ‘Dirty’   Dennis   Watts   lovers   and   in   1988   she   starred   in   the Central Television comedy Hardwick House. There   have   been   many   press   interviews   featuring   Cindy   over   the   years   and   in   each   and   every   one   of   them   you   can   clearly   see   that   Cindy   is   highly successful   in   all   her   ventures;   but   isn't   starry   about   any   of   it.   She's   down-to-earth,   frank   talking   and   open   about   her   life.   This   is   a   true   star,   and   that   is why we are proud to be associated with Cindy... In   March   2006   Cindy   accepted   our   offer   to   be   patron   of   the   Crossroads   Network   which   is   supported   by   all   the   major   Crossroads   based   websites.   The   main aim of the network to provide a single meeting place, originally a forum - now the debate takes place on Facebook . Honorary Fan Club Members Joy Andrews Joy   was   the   divine   Tish   Hope   from   1966   to   1980.   In   the   show   she   was   a   one-time   part   owner   of   the   motel   but   later   settled down   in   the   village   Antique   Shop,   The   Hope   Chest,   with   her   second   husband   Ted.   Her   son   in   the   series   was   the   Rev   Peter Hope   (Neville   Hughes)   and   her   daughter-in-law   was   Marilyn   -   played   by   Sue   Nicholls   now   of   Coronation   Street   fame.   Joy   as an actress had a long and distinguished stage career before finding television fame at the midland motel. Joy   was   the   first   special   member   of   the   fan   club,   she   was   proud   of   Crossroads   and   had   many   happy   years   starring   as   " Meg's best friend." The very last photograph of Joy before she died is a fan club snap - seen here for the first time. Jack Barton Jack   oversaw   Crossroads   as   a   director   and   producer   during   its   best   rating   era.   After   his   retirement   from   television   in   the 1980s   he   still   found   time   for   Crossroads,   visiting   the   fan   club   office   on   several   occasions.   He   also   donated   some   of   his personal Crossroads archive to the club, including the layout drawings of the motel. Jack   first   joined   Crossroads   at   its   launch   as   one   of   several   rotating   directors   along   with,   to   name   only   a   few, Alan   Coleman and   Tim   Jones.   After   a   brief   spell   away   from   ATV   in   the   late   1960s   Jack   returned   to   the   programme,   once   more   as   a director.   When   in   1974   producer   Reg   Watson   decided   to   quit   the   show   for   pastures   new   -   namely   with   Grundy   Television   in Australia - Jack was promoted to producer. Larry Grayson Larry   starred   in   the   soap   a   number   of   times   in   the   1970s   after   becoming   firm   friends   with   Noele   Gordon.   He   became   a member   in   1988   after   hearing   about   the   the   fan   club   launch   on   a   BBC   Open   Air   television   special   about   Crossroads   which Larry appeared on along with society founder John Kavyo. Crossroads   was   Larry’s   favourite   soap   -   being   brought   up   in   the   Midlands   himself   in   Nuneaton.   Larry   hit   the   big   time   in   1972 -   in   his   forties   -   after   appearing   on ATV   live   entertainment   series   Saturday   Variety.   It   was   on   this   show   he   first   worked   with Noele   and   their   friendship   was   formed.   Larry   first   appeared   in   Crossroads   as   himself,   a   disgruntled   celebrity   motel   guest. He returned as a surprise Santa at Christmas and later appeared as a chauffeur at Meg and Hugh Mortimer’s 1975 wedding. Larry   became   best   know   in   the   late   70s   and   early   80s   as   host   of   The   Generation   Game,   in   an   era   of   the   show   which   saw   its best-ever ratings. Over the years Larry was regularly in touch with the fan club via letter, signing off with “keep smiling, always.” Elisabeth Croft Elisabeth   had,   before   television,   been   a   much   respected   classical   actress   appearing   in   many   Royal   Shakespeare   Company productions.   Crossroads   provided   her   with   her   first   television   experience   in   1966   after   more   than   40   years   on   stage.   In   the daily   saga   set   in   the   village   of   Kings   Oak   she   played   Edith   Tatum,   who   at   first   was   a   recluse   living   on   her   own   with   many animals   for   company.   She   later   was   coaxed   out   of   her   lonely   world   when   she   took   on   the   role   of   village   post   mistress between 1968 and 1978. "Miss Tatum didn't suffer fools gladly and was a bit sharp at times, but she was a wonderful character," she said. On-screen   Edith   had   a   long   running   love-hate   relationship   with   village   gossip,   the   comedy   character   of,   Amy   Turtle. However   the   on-screen   distaste   was   a   very   real   feeling   towards   the   actress   behind Amy   - Ann   George.   While   intended   to   be a bit of a joke character, Croft along with many critics found the whole Amy Turtle experience bewildering and tone lowering for the programme. Croft   left   the   show   as   a   regular   in   early   1979,   before   returning   for   guest   spots   at   Christmas   1979   and   for   a   wedding   edition   in   1983.   In   1994   Elizabeth Croft officially opened the new Crossroads Appreciation Society offices. Arthur Schmidt In   recent   years   former   Crossroads   writer   Arthur   joined   us.   The   American   writer   moved   to   the   UK   for   a   long   spell,   writing   on the   ATV,   and   later   Central,   saga   from   1975   to   1985.   After   Crossroads   he   wrote   episodes   of   BBC   drama   Howard’s   Way.   Now based   back   over   in   the   states, Arthur   resides   in   Califonia,   but   shares   his   memories   of   Crossroads   with   other   fans   on   our   social media pages. Neil Grainger Neil   played   Phil   Berry   in   the   Carlton   era   Crossroads,   and   became   one   of   its   most   popular   personalities.   Despite   much   success since   those   Midland   hotel   days,   Neil   has   continued   to   be   proud   of   his   time   on   Crossroads,   and   joined   us   to   share   his   memories on our social media pages. Victoria Wood It   has   been   known   for   Victoria   to   use   the   fact   she's   a   member   of   the   Crossroads Appreciation   Society   in   her   stand-up   routine,   however   its   the   hommage   to Crossroads (and other serials of the 1970s) in the form of Acorn Antiques that most fans know her for. Wood,   despite   what   some   newspapers   write,   does   not   knock   or   mock   Crossroads   -   and   all   motel   jokes   are   done   for   her   love   of   the   series.   Victoria   when made aware that CAS members are in the audience of her theatre gigs has been known to thrown in some Crossroads material especially for us! Keith Lascelles One   of   the   floor   managers   at   the   ATV   studios   Keith   worked   on   Crossroads   during   the   Noele   Gordon   years   and   became   one   of   her   many   friends   from   her television   days.   Keith   was   one   of   the   first   members   of   the   Crossroads   crew   to   join   us   back   in   1987.   Keith   appeared   in   2012   on   ITV   to   talk   about   Noele   on their   celebration   of   the   actress   and   presenter   in The   Unforgettable   Noele   Gordon.   Other   programmes   he   worked   on   as   a   floor   manager   include   game   show Bullseye and satirical series Spitting Image.
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Images:   Jane   Rossington:   Carlton,   Peter   Ling:   ATV,   Peter   Dalton:   Carlton,   Cindy   Marshall-Day:   Carlton,   Joy   Andrews: CAS/Peter Kingsman, Jack Barton: ATV, Larry Grayson: NGE/Noele Gordon and Elisabeth Croft: ATV.