Pam Ayres

(1947 / Stanford in the Vale / Uk)

Biography of Pam Ayres

is an English poet, comedian, songwriter and presenter of radio and television programmes. Her 1975 appearance on the television talent show Opportunity Knocks led to a variety of appearances on TV and radio shows, a one-woman touring stage show and performing before the Queen.
Pam Ayres was born at Stanford in the Vale in the English county of Berkshire, now in Oxfordshire. After leaving Faringdon Secondary School at the age of 15, she joined the Civil Service as a clerical assistant and worked at the Army (RAOC) Central Ordnance Depot in Bicester. She soon left and signed up for the Women's Royal Air Force, where she worked in a drawing office dealing with operational maps,Whilst serving in the air force she gained O-level passes in English language and English literature and chose her career as an entertainer. She began reading her verses at the local folk club in Oxfordshire, and this led to an invitation to read on the local BBC Radio station in 1974. Her reading was re-broadcast nationally, and then broadcast again as one of the BBC's Pick of the Year.
In September 2006, the BBC website stated that Bob Dylan inspired Ayres to write poetry, and in an interview (aired on Radio New Zealand's Nine To Noon programme, 24 October 2006) she added that, at the age of twelve, she enjoyed writing parodies of the Lonnie Donegan songs popular at that time.

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