Just Fools and Horses writers plaque unveiled in Hove

The plaque honoring Only Fools and Horses author John Sullivan was unveiled at Prince of Wales Court in Hove on Thursday November 10.

People gathered to see speeches by Sue Holderness, who played Marlene Boyce on Only Fools and Horses, and Deputy Mayor Jackie O’Quinn.

Sue paid a heartfelt tribute to her colleague and friend John, saying: “It has been an honor and a privilege to work with John.

“He was gone too soon and we miss him so much.”

She mentioned the success of Only Fools and Horses, which remains the most popular British sitcom of all time.

The Argus: John Sullivan and his grandson Joe on the beach near his home in KingswayJohn Sullivan and his grandson Joe on the beach near his home in Kingsway (Image: Sharon Sullivan)

It was a blustery day on Hove seafront and the curtain unveiling could not take place as the wind was so strong.

But Sharon Sullivan, John’s wife, stood by the plaque and touched it to commemorate her late husband.

Kevin Heehan, an Only Fools and Horses fan, also paid tribute to John.

He said: “Only Fools and Horses was a staple in my house growing up.

“We were all looking forward to watching and it always made my dad laugh — and he didn’t laugh much.”

The Argus: Roger Amerena, Chairman of the Brighton and Hove Plaque, Sharon Sullivan and Sue HoldernessRoger Amerena, Chairman of the Brighton and Hove Plaque, Sharon Sullivan and Sue Holderness (Image: The Argus)

Sharon, John’s wife, shared how she and John loved spending their weekends at the beach in Hove.

Though it was John’s “place to relax,” he still loved writing there, writing episodes of the hit sitcom from her penthouse.

“We are all so proud of him and miss him every day,” said Sharon.

John died in 2011 and for a number of years the residents of Prince of Wales Court raised the idea of ​​a plaque in his honor.

John’s neighbors Joni van Oortmarsse, Pat Fortin and Liz Pile arranged the plaque installation with the Brghton and Hove Heritage Commission.

Neighbors raised £1,500 to cover the cost of installing the plaque.

Roger Amerena, chairman of the Brighton and Hove plaque, thanked the neighbors for their no-maliciousness in his opening speech.

He said: “This is our 159th blue plaque and we are delighted to honor such a great man.”

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