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Daddy’s vicar of the army, Frank Williams, talks about his travel adventures and the places he would love to visit.

Daddy’s Army Vicar Frank Williams talks about his travel adventures and the faraway places he’d love to visit if he were younger


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Dad's Army actor Frank Williams signs up for our travel Q&A

Dad’s Army actor Frank Williams signs up for our travel Q&A

This week Frank Williams, the actor best known for his role as vicar Timothy Farthing on Dad’s Army, signs up for our travel Q&A.

He remembers being on vacation by the sea when World War II was declared, his first excursion abroad, filming a Guinness advertisement in Paris and more …

EARLY VACATION MEMORY?

Going to the beach until 1939 when our family vacation ended abruptly. In fact, we were in Brighton when the war broke out.

FIRST TRIP ABROAD?

Going to Switzerland with my mother one summer in the late 1940s. We hiked the mountains, took a cruise on Lake Lucerne, and saw the Rhone Glacier.

HAVE YOU EVER TRAVELED FOR WORK?

I appeared in an episode of the television drama Maigret in Paris in the early 1960s, and there I climbed the Eiffel Tower. I also filmed a Guinness ad in town; apparently the company had a lot of cash in France.

DID YOU GET TO HOLLYWOOD?

No, but I have to make a movie, oh! Heavenly Dog, in Montreal. The star was a dog and could not film here due to quarantine reasons. The highlight was climbing Mont Royal.

Frank saw the Rhone Glacier, pictured, on a trip to Switzerland with his mother in the late 1940s.

Frank saw the Rhone Glacier, pictured, on a trip to Switzerland with his mother in the late 1940s.

Frank saw the Rhone Glacier, pictured, on a trip to Switzerland with his mother in the late 1940s.

THE MOST MEMORABLE JOURNEY?

Joining Derek Nimmo on a Middle East and Far East tour of Lloyd George Knew My Father. I visited Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore. Derek had friends everywhere, so we were invited to lunch frequently.

DREAMED DESTINATION?

I’ve never been able to visit New York and Australia, but I don’t think I can face such a long journey now that I’m 90 years old.

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