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Sir Reginald Chester-Perry


"Imagine, if you can, a pair of calm blue eyes filled with compassion and understanding..."

Highslide JS
Strip 990 was published in the Evening Standard in April 1964. Apologies for poor quality of scan

This is the only known picture of Sir Reginald Chester-Perry, adorning the front cover of the House Journal's bumper spring number in 1964. Bristow naturally defaces the photo and produces an uncanny resemblance to Gerry Adams, leader of Northern Ireland's Sinn Fein party.

Alone amongst the clerks Jones has actually met the firm’s founder. Well, not so much met as shared a lift with him. Bristow has gone so far as to thumb his nose at Sir Reginald’s Rolls-Royce as it swishes past but Jones has actually breathed the same air and shared the same space as the man, and will retell the legendary story at the drop of a bowler.

Here is his first appearance, seen of course through the eyes of Bristow leaning out of his window.

Guess who was here?
Sir Reginald Chester-Perry the firm’s founder no less...
Landowner, industrial tycoon, self-made millionaire you name it, he is it
Our lifespring - our benefactor - our everything.
If only he had a daughter
strip 694, April 1963

Bristow is quite obsessed with Sir Reginald. He never meets him in the strip, although he does come face to face during one of the radio episodes when some unfortunate circumstances cause the multi-millionaire industrialist to break his leg during a visit to the Buying Department. The admiration of his early days rapidly gives way to a cynical and detached dislike, encapsulated in strip 1865
Strip 1865 was published in the Evening Standard in February 1967 and in Bristow (1970) from where this scan was taken.
Chester-Perry is an aggressive industrialist, keen to buy up likely companies. and even keener to boot out their former management. He imposes his ghastly colour scheme (carbon paper blue, clerical grey and paper white) on everything he can touch (e.g. the firm's football team kit, his racing colours, his custom built executive jet and the festive garb of the Chester-Perry Glee Club). Sir Reginald appears frequently on television extolling his business philosophy.  (Bristow normally watches football on the other channel "Well you know what it’s like when you work so close to someone..."). He is more than a match for the toughest interviewer - strip 3551
Strip 3551 was published in the Evening Standard in August 1972 and in More Bristow.
. and holds his audience rapt as he lashes out at lazy, slothful clockwatching employees.

Sir Reginald has an excellent sense of humour. His chauffeur, Bristow's source, reveals how he enjoys laughing in bed on a wet Monday morning, or whilst observing the anguish of his employees as they approach the C-P building and realise, once again, that they must go to work there. Or indeed, as Bristow is told when spotting the Rolls one day "What's today? Wednesday. Wednesday he comes here to gloat". But he takes great pride in his creation. Told that the canteen has been awarded a fourth star by the Firm's Canteen Good Food Guide he does not hesitate to order himself a celebratory slap-up lunch - at his club.

We have never seen Sir Reginald directly and must rely on third-party information and hearsay. As indeed does Bristow, author of The Greatest Living Englishman. Some of the following "facts" may be drawn from this important work of reference.

Born: around the turn of the century. 

Founder of the Chester-Perry Co. The silver jubilee of the founding is referred to in one strip.

 Married to Lady Chester-Perry. Issue: Robin (ne’er do well son) and Erroll (packed off to South America after the great luncheon voucher swindle of ‘68. Robin marries Fiona Myles (of Myles & Rudge) and presents Sir Reginald with grandchildren Charles and Ann.

 Son of a Methodist minister.

 Residence: Dunwell Manor, also town house in the city.

 Owns: Rolls Royce, ocean-going yacht, private jet, noted art collection. Financed the above from the Christmas Bonuses that never actually got paid to the staff in 66,67,68... 

Used to receiving and accepting invitations from: Queen, Prime Minister, Lord Mayor, CBI

Will never attend again: Sports and Social Club Annual Xmas Dinner & Dance. What he was doing at the one in 1968 one cannot imagine (but strip 2422
Strip 2422 was published in the Evening Standard in December 1968 and in More Bristow. This scan is from the Sydney Morning Herald April 1969
is the evidence)

 Enjoys: Tomato Ketchup, Gentlemen’s Relish on those occasions when he deigns to dine in with the directors at the C-P building

 Reads: Financial Things in the comfort of his Rolls of an evening