Ruxton Hayward, upon whom the Bluebottle character is based. In
the early days of the Goons, Boy Scout Hayward approached Peter
Sellers with a request that Sellers appear at a scouting
function. Sellers declined, but the bearded scout with the odd,
high voice made such an impression that he became Sellers's most
beloved character. Hayward continued to follow the Goon Show as
a fan, but never realized that he was Bluebottle until he
heard Sellers describe their encounter in an interview on the
Michael Parkinson show in 1972.
Photo taken at the Second Weekend Called Fred of the Goon Show
Preservation Society, Brighton, October 1997.