Opening the Dors on Diana's dad
THE name of Diana Dors’ father has been found in the records of a Masonic order.
Albert Fluck, who worked in the accounts office of the GWR, held the position of Worshipful Master of White Horse Lodge more than 80 years ago.
A recent documentary about the siren suggested that he was a keen Freemason who influenced her interest in codes and secret messages.
The Channel 4 show probing the missing £2m which Dors left to her son Mark centred on a cryptic message she gave to him which was said to have contained information about how to find the fortune in bank accounts and safety deposit boxes.
The code was said to contain masonic symbols.
The new evidence of Albert’s membership has been unearthed in an effort to preserve Wiltshire’s lodge and chapter records. The survey is being co-ordinated by the Library and Museum of Freemasonry which is based at the grand hall in London.
Lodges and chapters around the country are examining records as part of the scheme.
The White Horse branch, which was founded in 1887, still meets at the Masonic Hall in Westbury. Members were able to purchase return tickets on the GWR for the price of a single. It is not known if Albert had been involved in organising the perk.
However, the lodge certainly ran like a well-ordered railway, with the first 100 years of its history having been scrupulously minuted by 11 secretaries.
Albert appears as Worshipful Master of White Horse Lodge, No 2227 Westbury in the minute book for 1931, which was a time of rapid expansion for the branch.
The find appears in the magazine for Wiltshire Freemasons, Across the Plain.
But Albert was far from the stereotypical image of a freemason relying on secret friendships to improve his lot in life. He was a man of modest means who was said to have disapproved of the attention his wife lavished on Dors, who later changed her surname from Fluck.
Albert frowned on the expense of sending her to private Selwood House school in Bath Road, where she wrote essays about her dream of becoming a film star.
But he may have passed on some of his passion for the stage through his role as a pianist at the Empire Theatre.
Albert had also been happy for the schoolgirl to entertain troops at shows during the Second World War.
Aged 14, Dors convinced her parents to allow her to pursue a career in acting, becoming the youngest-ever student at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
The star, who died of ovarian cancer at the age of just 52 in 1984, made a number of sacrifices in order to become a household name on both sides of the Atlantic.