Torquil Norman

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Sir Torquil Patrick Alexander Norman (born 11 April 1933) is a British businessman, aircraft enthusiast, and arts philanthropist.wikipedia
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Desmond Norman

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His eldest brother, Sir Mark Annesley Norman, inherited the baronetcy and the middle brother Desmond Norman was an aviation pioneer.
His independent spirit meant that rather than go to Cambridge University like his father and his brother Torquil Norman he went straight from Eton into a two-year engineering apprenticeship at the de Havilland Technical School.

Nigel Norman

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Sir Torquil is the youngest of three sons born to Air Commodore Sir Nigel Norman, 2nd Baronet, and Patrician Moyra Annesley, daughter of Lt. Col. James Howard Adolphus Annesley.
Torquil Norman, third of Sir Nigel's sons founded Bluebird Toys and the Roundhouse Trust.

Bluebird Toys

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In 1980, he founded Bluebird Toys, makers of the Big Yellow Teapot House, the Big Red Fun Bus, and the successful Polly Pocket line of dolls.
Torquil Norman founded Bluebird Toys in 1980, his first product being the now famous Big Yellow Teapot House.

Roundhouse (venue)

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A long-term Camden resident, Norman bought the derelict Roundhouse arts venue in Chalk Farm for £3 million in 1996 "as an impulse buy", having read it was proposed to turn it into an architectural museum.
The building lay largely empty until it was purchased for £6m in 1996 by the Norman Trust led by the philanthropist Torquil Norman.

Jesse Norman

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They have five children, including Conservative Party MP Jesse Norman, the artist Amy Sharrocks, and ten grandchildren.
Norman is the son of Sir Torquil Norman and his wife Lady Elizabeth Montagu (daughter of Victor Montagu, 10th Earl of Sandwich), the paternal grandson of Air Commodore Sir Nigel Norman, 2nd Bt., and the great-grandson of Sir Henry Norman, 1st Bt. He and his children are therefore in remainder to the Norman baronetcy.

Amy Sharrocks

They have five children, including Conservative Party MP Jesse Norman, the artist Amy Sharrocks, and ten grandchildren.
She is the daughter of Anne Norman, a painter, and Torquil Norman, founder of the Roundhouse Trust.

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United Kingdom

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Sir Torquil Patrick Alexander Norman (born 11 April 1933) is a British businessman, aircraft enthusiast, and arts philanthropist.

Philanthropy

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Sir Torquil Patrick Alexander Norman (born 11 April 1933) is a British businessman, aircraft enthusiast, and arts philanthropist.

Sir Henry Norman, 1st Baronet

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His grandfather was the journalist and politician Sir Henry Norman, 1st Baronet.

Eton College

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He was educated at Eton College, Harvard University and Trinity College, Cambridge.

Harvard University

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He was educated at Eton College, Harvard University and Trinity College, Cambridge.

Trinity College, Cambridge

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He was educated at Eton College, Harvard University and Trinity College, Cambridge.

National service

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Standing 6'7", Norman gained his pilot's licence at eighteen, and did his National Service in the Fleet Air Arm. After he left, he bought a Piper Comanche, flew in No. 601 Squadron RAF, and took up skydiving.

Fleet Air Arm

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Standing 6'7", Norman gained his pilot's licence at eighteen, and did his National Service in the Fleet Air Arm. After he left, he bought a Piper Comanche, flew in No. 601 Squadron RAF, and took up skydiving.

Piper PA-24 Comanche

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Standing 6'7", Norman gained his pilot's licence at eighteen, and did his National Service in the Fleet Air Arm. After he left, he bought a Piper Comanche, flew in No. 601 Squadron RAF, and took up skydiving.

No. 601 Squadron RAF

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Standing 6'7", Norman gained his pilot's licence at eighteen, and did his National Service in the Fleet Air Arm. After he left, he bought a Piper Comanche, flew in No. 601 Squadron RAF, and took up skydiving.

Investment banking

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After working as an investment banker in the United States for eleven years, Norman returned to the UK in the 1960s and subsequently entered the toymaking industry, first as chief executive of Berwick Timpo toy company from 1973.

United States

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After working as an investment banker in the United States for eleven years, Norman returned to the UK in the 1960s and subsequently entered the toymaking industry, first as chief executive of Berwick Timpo toy company from 1973.

Polly Pocket

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In 1980, he founded Bluebird Toys, makers of the Big Yellow Teapot House, the Big Red Fun Bus, and the successful Polly Pocket line of dolls.

London Borough of Camden

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A long-term Camden resident, Norman bought the derelict Roundhouse arts venue in Chalk Farm for £3 million in 1996 "as an impulse buy", having read it was proposed to turn it into an architectural museum.

Arts centre

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A long-term Camden resident, Norman bought the derelict Roundhouse arts venue in Chalk Farm for £3 million in 1996 "as an impulse buy", having read it was proposed to turn it into an architectural museum.

Chalk Farm

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A long-term Camden resident, Norman bought the derelict Roundhouse arts venue in Chalk Farm for £3 million in 1996 "as an impulse buy", having read it was proposed to turn it into an architectural museum.

Royal Shakespeare Company

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It was soon the base for a major season by the Royal Shakespeare Company, played host to regular big-name rock concerts, and by 2008 had involved over 12,000 teenagers in creative arts projects.

Order of the British Empire

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Norman, who was previously appointed CBE, stepped down as chairman of the Roundhouse Trust in 2007, and was knighted the same year for his "services to the arts and to disadvantaged young people".