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Published on Apr 13, 2014
"Mr Weatherly's songs have been and are sung round the world... "The Deathless Army", "The Flight of Ages", "Friend of Mine", "Star of Bethlehem", "When you come Home", are but a few of his best known."
C/U of the composer sitting at his desk. He looks deep in thought. L/S of him sitting at the piano playing a tune. "Mr Weatherly has found many an inspiration in his beloved garden." L/S of Mr Fred E. Weatherly and his wife sitting at a table in the garden of their home having tea. C/U of a rose. Dissolve into the front page of some sheet music for "Roses of Picardy". Dissolve into a shot of Mr Weatherly tending to his roses with a small boy standing beside him - probably a grandchild. Mr Weatherly hands him some roses and the boy smells them.
"And in the quiet hours, little Michael and his Grandpa have intimate chats about all sorts of things... from Cabbages to Kings!" C/U of the composer sitting in a wicker chair reading to the youngster. Shot over their shoulders showing the book. They finish reading, Mr Weatherly closes the book and they walk off. "And only Grandpa and Michael know that just beyond the end of the garden lies the door to Fairyland." M/S of the two of them walking underneath an arbour, other members of the family watch. The little boy runs towards a door in a hedge. He tries to open the door but it is too stiff. "Eighty years of age ... the G.O.M. of "Songdom" C/U of the composer sitting in his garden.
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