There was a pleasant surprise for a few of our operational staff attending Streeter Marshall’s Purley branch when Lee MacDonald, best known for playing Samuel ‘Zammo’ Maguire in the hit children’s TV series Grange Hill turned up to fix a lock. The actor is now the owner of Mentor Lock Ltd in Wallington which he has run for over eighteen years.
With his run of appearances in the show spanning five years from 1982 to 1987, he was certainly a big part of many of our staff’s childhood memories growing up with the iconic show. Gone are the days of Zammo showing up on his motorbike as he trades it in for something more practical, to carry his tools around for his locksmith services.
It may seem like an unexpected career change but according to the man himself, he was working as a locksmith during his time filming Grange Hill. By the year 2000, he found himself in charge of Mentor Lock Ltd and has been there ever since while still making the odd television appearance here and there. When it comes to enquiring about locksmith services, he certainly doesn’t ‘just say no’ much to the delight of ourselves and others.