Mr Key Moves to The Great Beyond

A post from Pansy Cradledew

Dear visitors to the Yard,

For those of you who may not yet be aware of the tragic news, I am sorry to report that Mr Key left this world for The Great Beyond late last week. I do not know what he may find there but, however implausible, I am fairly certain that it would a) amuse him and b) he would find a way to write about it if he could.

Though those of us left behind may feel bereft for quite some time, we can take some small comfort in the many pages of prose he left for us here on the site and the hours upon hours of blathering available at Hooting Yard on the Air, courtesy of Resonance FM.

It is hoped that an exhibition of Frank Key rarities, scarcities and snippets may be mounted in London at some time in the near future, along with a reception to allow his devoted fans a chance to celebrate the time we had with him.

Should you wish to support us monetarily in this latest endeavour, please consider donating to his JustGiving page or sending your hard-earned cash to the radio station that was his spiritual home for so many years.

Yours in sadness and with a zest for crumpled things,


9 thoughts on “Mr Key Moves to The Great Beyond

  1. This is very sad news indeed…

    The first time I became aware of Hooting Yard was 2005 or 2006, whilst working in a dusty workshop in Elephant and Castle, London. A discerning co-worker had the radio tuned to Resonance FM, and I gradually became aware of a chap talking apparently quite seriously about an idea for a TV series involving filming a group of famous people locked in an attic.

    The show was to be called “Celebrity Flibbertigibbet Attic”.

    Fast forward a few years and there’s now a certificate of lobster adoption in the hallway of my house, with details of a crustacean named Tiny Enid.

    Mr. Key was the only author in the world who could combine references to Thomas De Quincey and Emerson Lake & Palmer in the same paragraph. I can’t even begin to describe how much he will be missed.

  2. In his writings, Frank press-ganged all sorts of public figures into service – Richard Nixon, Petula Clark, Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull – and in that spirit, I thought a variation on the inscription to Sir Christopher Wren in St Paul’s is in order:
    “Here in its foundations lies the architect of this Hooting Yard, Frank Key, who lived beyond sixty years, not for his own profit but for the public good. Reader, if you seek his monument – look around you.”
    Rest in peace, old friend,

  3. I was very sorry to hear this awful news. Frank was a true one-off, and as insightful as he was funny – as well as an wholly reliable columnist for The Dabbler.

    Condolences and best wishes
    Andrew Nixon (aka Brit, ed of The Dabbler)

  4. Frank Key – Iconic resident artist of the Wombat Keeper magazine in the 80-90’s. Who can ever forget his pen and ink scratched artwork or his random prose walks through the dictionary.

  5. I’m sorry to hear of Frank’s demise. I intend to enjoy his majestic prose for many more years, both in print, on screen and from the large archive of Hooting Yard On The Air podcasts. Maybe one day, as a form of tribute, I will attempt an auditory reconstruction of Chlorine Winslow’s Phlogiston Variations based on Frank’s detailed review of the 8 CD box-set.
    I will miss him.

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