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The Legend that was Mick Harris 1940 to 2021

 

Personal details:

Michael Anthony Harris was born 21st August 1940 at home in Oxford to Nelly and Ernie Harris, a sister Pauline came along three years later. He attended New Hinksey Primary School and South Oxford School.

He started out working for Blackwell’s Books in the packing, shed then at the car factory, he was also a delivery driver for Davis Parcel Delivery until he ventured out into owning his own business in the 1980's running a corner newsagents down Abingdon Road. I believe one of the first to hire VHS videos!  Once the larger supermarkets dominated local corner shops Michael decided to open a breakfast cafe down Botley Road (Mick’s Café).    He was the owner for 27 years serving thousands of customers his legendary all day breakfasts and butties.  Retirement was looming and Michael began a slower pace of life. Although Mick had a very busy work life he still managed to raise a family. Michael was married three times and had four children Carol,Jenny,Wendy and Anthony. In later years he had six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Michael’s current wife is Stephanie Harris and they married in 2005 and spent many happy years together.  Unfortunately Mick developed Alzheimer’s but still enjoyed a varied active life with many friends and family regularly taking him out for long walks, and was a member of many clubs. As a keen musician Mick still played the drums up until two years ago.

My Dad lost his battle with Alzheimer’s on 3rd June 2021 Aged 80 at the Horton Hospital Banbury. 

Bands:

Mick started his drumming career when he joined the Boys Brigade, and could often be seen parading along the streets.

Skiffle was a clear favourite of Micks and his very first musical adventure was playing a washboard and drums in a Skiffle band. As he got older he took his drumming to the next level and joined The Electrons with long-time friend Mark Phillips who played guitar and sang rock and roll. Micks claim to fame was with State Affair who won Opportunity Knocks in the seventies. After that he played with many different bands including country bands Indiana and Alan James until he went back to his roots of rock and roll and joined my band Move it. He was with us for 21 years and on some occasions would sing! His favourite being Worried Man Blues by Lonny Donegan. We are a family band as my wife Jackie Harris plays the bass guitar. We had some fantastic times together and very special memories were made.

Hobbies:

Clearly my Dads main hobby was drumming but he also enjoyed watching Oxford United home matches.

Fishing was also a favourite and we spent many afternoons trying to catch the pinnacle fish!

He was keen on making model fairground rides and aeroplanes; some lovingly displayed in his café and also paint by numbers.

In the 80’s Mick also had his own disco and entertained many a pupil at Hinksey school, as well as other functions and events.

Mick was very proud of all the television work he undertook. Playing various extra roles in films, such as American Friends.

 

THE LEGEND THAT IS MICK HARRIS & MARK PHILLIPS

WE WILL MISS YOU……………………