Article Warning: Sadly needed for a Personal Appearance that at the time would not have needed one, but time and the ignorance of humankind has made a single word within the charity’s name taboo.

Charity variety show to raise funds for the Entertainment Artists Benevolent Fund, the Stars Organisation For Spastics (SOS) [1], and other local charities


Scottish Singer And Television Show Hostess:Lena Zavaroni
Irish Singer:Dana
English Cabaret Artist:Al Dean
United Kingdom Male–Female Pop Group:The Dooleys
Comdy Acrobats:The Halfwits
Dance Troupe:Nicky Hinkley Dancers
British Comedy Double Act:Little & Large
American Illusionist And Entertainer:John Lenahan
? The Comedy Showband:Black Onyx
Dance Troupe:Brian Rogers Dancers
? American Film And Television Actor:Gordon Scott
Irish Comedian:Jimmy Cricket
English Comedian And Television Presenter:Larry Grayson
Stage Direction And Production:Derek Smith
Where there is a leading Question mark it means that I have been unable to confirm that bit of information but what is given is believed to be the most likely detail about the individual that is correctly named.


Derived via Latin from the Greek spastikos (“drawing in”, “tugging” or “shaking uncontrolably”), the word spastic refers to an alteration in muscle tone affected by the medical condition spasticity, which is seen in spastic diplegia and many other forms of cerebral palsy and also in terms such as “spastic colon”.

Sadly due to the ignorance of childhood the word became a term of abuse used in many a school playground (Of cause some of the children would have learned the word from adults and how to use it in a negative way before other children could pick it up from them). While the children that use the term in an abusive way had the ignorance of childhood on their side the parents and teachers did not and should have done more to stamp it out by educating the children as to its real meaning and preventing a medical term from becoming such an offensive word that is now taboo.

Due to the degrading use of the word by So called adults as well as children "The Spastics Society" renamed themselves "Scope" in 1994 and two years later in 1996 "The Scottish Council for the Care of Spastics" became "Capability Scotland". I have not been able to locate if "Stars Organisation For Spastics" renamed themselves or if they are still an active charity.

It’s sad that I have had to explain the original meaning of the word because of the high probability that for some only the taboo meaning remains and it’s even sadder that people are still capable of taking a harmless word and perverting it.