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Neighbours set to star on Kilroy

PUBLISHED: 10:40 08 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:08 03 March 2010

THIS, so the song goes, is when good neighbours become good friends!

A neighbourly quartet from Ipswich are set to tell top TV talk show host Robert Kilroy-Silk the secret of their success across the privet on his daytime show Kilroy.

THIS, so the song goes, is when good neighbours become good friends!

A neighbourly quartet from Ipswich are set to tell top TV talk show host Robert Kilroy-Silk the secret of their success across the privet on his daytime show Kilroy.

Trish Williams-Davies was watching the show when it screened a request for neighbours from hell to get in touch.

But the MP-turned-TV personality Kilroy-Silk also asked for neighbours whose acquaintance has been nothing but a blessing to get in touch – and the former model thought that exactly described the 23-year-old relationship she and husband Jock enjoy with neighbours Derek and Jennie Norton, who live next-door-but-one in Heath Lane.

"We've never had a falling out over anything," said Trish. "We've shared almost everything – from picking up the children from school or popping out for a drink."

Jennie said that the two couples could go for months without seeing each other – and that they didn't live "in each other pockets".

Jock added that the two couples enjoyed different lifestyles "but we always get on."

"We're there for each other," he said. "Although when we go on TV they'll think we've entered a Jerry Springer and Jean-Luc Picard look-alike competition!"

The strong, fun-loving bonds have clearly endured as the two couples watched their children grow up in tandem.

"They are great friends," said Trish. "It helped that they were the same age."

When the cameras roll live tomorrow morning, it won't be the first time the Williams-Davies have been in a television studio.

Singer and instrumentalist Jock starred in Anglia TV's Wide Angle show in the late 1980s when he appeared with his band at the time, the Naff Band.

Wife Trish said that she was a fashion model for a time and footage of her survives in the University of East Anglia's TV archives.

But the show holds new terrors for the Nortons. "I just don't want Kilroy-Silk to sit on my lap," joked tiler Derek.

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