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By The Sea Festival news: We are deeply saddened to hear that the legendary Only Fools and Horses actor who played Boycie and …

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We are deeply saddened to hear that the legendary Only Fools and Horses actor who played Boycie and long-time friend of Dreamland, John Challis, passed away yesterday. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

We will continue to celebrate his life and keep enjoying his great legacy of work that has brought smiles and laughter to many.

Dreamland Margate


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24 Responses

  1. Joseph Allington says:

    God bless him

  2. Thelma Francis says:


  3. Sam Cunningham says:

    Amen 🙏

  4. That Furniture Shop says:


  5. Beryl Duke says:

    He was brilliant.

  6. Sara Fernandez says:

    Ben Mann

  7. Shaini Morris says:

    God bless

  8. Andrew Weber says:

    I saw at the relaunch of Dreamland.

  9. Steve Parsons says:

    Very sad a great guy

  10. Simon Clark says:

    So pleased I got to meet him. Great great man. RIP John

  11. Liam Furr says:

    The Jolly Boys Outing.. totally authentic piece on what our Beano’s to Margate were like in the 80’s (with obligatory entry to Dreamland). Only a Londoner could have written that script.

    Even the half-way-house stopover at what was The Dover Patrol was spot on..

    The all-time best Only Fools episode, ever..

    R.I.P. Mr Challis

  12. Tracey Kimuli says:

    Rip what a excellent character he was, very funny!!!

  13. Amanda Boosey says:

    I met him at the reopening of Dreamland, he was such a lovely chap. Sending love to his family. Xx

  14. Carla Cakku says:

    He lives on

  15. Judith Bonner says:


  16. Sylvana Grierson says:

    I met him and his wife at the sands hotel lovely people ⚘⚘⚘

  17. Allan Peacock says:


  18. Sean Charlton Mcgrath says:

    Lewis Kilby

  19. Chloe McDonald says:

    Ricci Mewton

  20. Kyia Palmer Green says:

    Such a sad day he was truly a legend XXX

  21. Maureen Marriott says:

    Especially with fellow
    Actor Marline RIP

  22. Caroline Ross says:

    Martin Ross and myself took the children to the Only Fools and Horses exhibition several years ago and John had a lovely chat with my son 😊

  23. Dorene MCormack says:

    Great Fools and Horses. Pity they don’t make programmes that good any more.

  24. Claire Wilson says:

    He was a lovely man. So welcoming and down to earth.

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