Johnny Sutton

Johnny Sutton, also known as Randolph Sutton Junior and John Sutton, worked at Southdean Holiday Centre - John did 5 seasons at Southdean 1961, 1962, 1966, 1967 and 1968

Rowena did 3 seasons, 1966 with the Nelson & Cadet show, which is when she met John, and then 1967 and 1968 seasons with John.

During that time, they got married and were both on the entertainment staff with Kenny Essex. 

(Personal note by Peter Sharp - I remember being a Page Boy at their wedding which was in Seaford in East Sussex.  I can also remember my mother taking me to Gunton Hall holiday camp to visit John and Rowena, and at that time John had a lime green E Type jaguar!)

One year they did a sketch for the weekly camp show where Rowena was a nurse and had the line - "Oh, you naughty boy!".  This became a catch phrase for them.

Johnny had at least one EP record released under the name of Randolph Sutton Junior, which included the tracks:

  • I'll go where your music takes me
  • Sing me
  • You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
  • I Am A Song.




  John & Rowena singing during one of the Re-Union Weekends held at the end of each season
  John doing his "On Mother Kelly's Doorstep" song as Randolph Sutton Junior
   John and Kay Sharp
  John and Peter Sharp on stage
   Kenny Essex and John doing a song - Possibly, 'Side By Side'
  Rowena, Kay Sharp and Rowena's sister

Johnny Sutton's Grandfather:

Randolph Sutton (born Bristol July 1888 and died Brixton 28 February 1969) was an English singer.

He was a popular stage entertainer in music hall and variety. He appeared at the "Royal Variety Performance". He made a famous recording of "On Mother Kelly's Doorstep" during the 1930s and 1940s. He made a recording of this song as late as January 1969.

He made his final stage appearance at the City Hall Theatre in St Albans, Hertfordshire on 26 February 1969.