How Baby Peggy grew up, despite the tiger!

12-218   Carole Hawkins, right, and Peggy Batchelor at Marsworth.'Carole has written Peggy's biography.
12-218 Carole Hawkins, right, and Peggy Batchelor at Marsworth.'Carole has written Peggy's biography.

AN author has said that is was a real privilege to spend time with the woman who became household name Baby Peggy from the 1925 Wembley Tattoo.

Carole Hawkins from Wendover, spent three years researching the life of actress Peggy Batchelor to write Never A Dull Moment - A biography of Peggy Batchelor as told to Carole Hawkins

She said: “It was exciting because Peggy had an archive of newspaper clippings and also her wartime diaries and letters.

“They took an enormous amount of time to plough through and we also spoke at great length”

Peggy, who lives in Wendover, had a varied acting career in theatre and with the BBC.

She joined the Entertainments National Service Organisation, which took her around the world performing.

During peacetime she appeared on television and radio shows up until 2004

Aged 95 she still gives talks about her experiences.

It was after one of these talks when Peggy revealed that she hadn’t written an autobiography about her life because she was too old.

Carole was inspired to self publish one with Author House and it is now available though Amazon.

The two had worked together at Tring Park School for 10 years and had became friends so Peggy had regaled Carol with many of her stories, including one when she was mauled by a tiger in India.

Carol said: “Noel Coward famously asked whether Peggy was on stage when she being mauled.

“That is a story retold by her a lot but the book reveals want you don’t hear about in her talks. I uncovered what her life was really about, such as her experience during the war and the love story of how she met her late husband.”