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Plucky Teds Wed

by | 24th, February 2006

‘IT was South London’s wedding of the year, and everyone who was anyone in the world of the 1950s-style rock’n’roll was there to see Leonard Potts marry his beautiful bride Susan Perkins.

The story of their romance is worthy of the silver screen. Leonard, aka ‘Legless Lenny’, is a teddy boy of 21 years’ standing – and for most of them, he has been standing on a pair of metal legs, after a motorcycle accident in his teenage years.

But although the crash left him ‘all shook up’ for a while, he was soon back at the centre of the local rock ’n’ roll scene, and has stayed there ever since.

He organised last year’s ‘Teddy Boys Picnic’ for charity, and invaded the stage at Bill Haley’s recent London concert. And when the teds marched on the BBC this year to protest at the lack of their music on the airwaves, Lenny led the way at a pace that left his able-bodied comrades gasping for air.

He can still be found bopping with the best of them at the Castle and the Black Bull, displaying the ‘propeller’ technique that has made him a legend – straightening his legs in opposite directions and spinning around on the floor. When he gets going, there isn’t another dancer who comes close – quite literally!

It was a highly unusual combination of charity work and propellers that brought Lenny and his future bride together.

For some years, Lenny had been performing for charity at events

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