Sunday, 7 November 2010

Riding through the Glen

When I was a little boy, I used to come home from school and watched TV - black and white, 405 lines. Down in Cornwall we only had one channel - BBC1.

If I was lucky, Robin Hood was on. I also collected the Airfix toy soldiers. I popped in to Model Zone at Bluewater and, may the angels sing out loud, I discovered that whoever now owns Airfix has released their original Robin Hood and Sheriff of Nottingham (and hs posse). If you look carefully you can see Friar Tuck and Maid Marion in amongst the Merry Men.

It's great to be in a second childhood. Now back to the Greenwood.


Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men
Feared by the bad, loved by the good
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood

He called the greatest archers to a tavern on the green
They vowed to help the people of the King
They handled all the trouble on the English country scene
And still found plenty of time to sing


He came to Sherwood Forest with a feather in his cap
A fighter never looking for a fight
His bow was always ready and he kept his arrows sharp
He used them to fight for what was right



  1. is it me or does Robin look like the Errol Flynn version!

  2. I find myself getting all misty eyed when I come across Airfix kits. The kids have decided I'm getting senile but I know it's just nostalgia overload.

  3. Dear Zed
    Indeed, and not at all like the classic Richard Greene. I have just discovered that Robin Hood was ITV not BBC. It must have been one of the first ITV programmes to have been broadcast in Cornwall.

  4. Big Lee
    At my age, I am allowed to be senile,

  5. No-one is ever to old to play with Airfix sets.. These two, especially the Robinhood set are still very usefull additions to my medieval armys. I keep coming up with ideas for conversions...even after all these years.
    Great Blog John

  6. Those figures were the first soldiers I ever got - in the set with Nottingham castle.

    Happy memories.

  7. Dear Eeore
    You are giving away your age. :)
    My first model was the original airfix spitfire.

  8. I also noticed these Airfix boxes in my local hobby store. I notice several others that I also thought were long out of production. It's very tempting !

    I wonder if there are any Robin Hood gaming rules out there ?

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