The night Benny Wilmot* came to our parochial hall
was a bit like Beatlemania without the Beatles,
people hanging off the railings and climbing the wall,
screaming "Benny, Benny", a chorus heard for miles.
For those of us without tickets, a brief glimpse was our prize,
to see this blond, handsome soap star from the Crossroads motel
here, idol in our neighbourhood before our very eyes,
hint of glamour in our dull existence, a sparkle.
*Benny Wilmot, played by actor/singer Deke Arlon, was a character in TV's "Crossroads" in the 1960s