New colour scheme and layout. Responsive site design, optimised for mobiles and tablets
About Silver Sirens
All about this site and its creation
By Richard Williams, 13th September, 2014. About Silver Sirens.
I have long enjoyed the Ealing comedies and I particularly savoured Joan Greenwood's performance as Sibella in Kind Hearts and Coronets. Being also especially taken with Margaret Lockwood in The Lady Vanishes, I was inspired to create what was to become the Silver Sirens website that you see today.
Originally just a few pictures and a little bit of text over half a dozen pages or so, the site content rapidly outgrew the free webspace that I was using, and so I made the decision to "turn pro" and move it to a dedicated web address and server; silversirens.co.uk was "born" on 3rd December, 2001.
Initially concentrating on the duo of Lockwood and Greenwood, in 2008 Birmingham comedian Sid Field - who starred alongside Margaret Lockwood in Cardboard Cavalier - was added as a contemporary of the pair. Further actors and actresses soon followed, and Patricia Roc, Margaret's daughter Julia Lockwood, and Stewart Granger joined the Silver Sirens club.
In 2012, Stewart Granger's wife - and, of course, a highly successful British actress in her own right - Jean Simmons was added. A further siren that year was the "last of the Gainsborough girls", Jean Kent, who also happened to have Granger as the best man at her wedding.
Today, Silver Sirens has recently celebrated its twelfth birthday and is in the process of upgrading to a new 1940s design that also responsively adapts its display to PCs/laptops, tablets and smartphones. Plans are also in place to add Phyllis Calvert as the next siren in 2014.
The Facebook and forum pages are going from strength to strength and there are further developments to the site in the pipeline. As an early entry in the site's guestbook - remember those? - reads: "here's to a long future for Silver Sirens."
Films and biographies added of Jean Simmons and Jean Kent
Patricia Roc, Julia Lockwood, and Stewart Granger welcomed to the site
Music-hall comedian, and Margaret Lockwood co-star, Sid Field added
Site moves to a professionally hosted domain
A few pictures and text as a tribute to the finest years of British cinema
Thank your for your interest in my "labour of love". I have also created these additional pages in order to answer the various questions about Silver Sirens that have been put to me over the years.