Published by Yorkshire Arts Circus, then picked up by Penguin Books who published an expanded version of the book, Betty Spital started life in the mid 1980s, on stage at the Sheffield Friday Show, a topical weekly cabaret staged at The Leadmill in Sheffield. Betty, performed by Jane Jarman, was a radical pensioner with an uncompromising attitude to young, middle class, so-called lefties such as I. The book features images by photographer and artist Caroline Laidler.
Published by Penguin in 1989, it’s still available on Amazon etc:
Later I and Cindy Oswin wrote a pilot for a BBC 1 sitcom called The Twerlies, featuring Betty and her gang. A second episode was commissioned but by the time we delivered it the Head of BBC 1 and the Independent Commissioning Group had gone and it was never made. Mind you, whenever I think Betty has gone and died, she tends to arise in a new form.