BackstoryEditKenneth Mills was born in Peckham in 1945. He was friends with Del Boy and his other friends Boycie, Trigger and Denzel. In 1960 Jumbo used to hang around with the gang a lot. From about 1962 to 1967, Jumbo went into business with Del Boy when they opened up a jellied eel stall outside The Nags Head, their local. Eels On Wheels they called it. Del and Jumbo dreamed of opening up eel stalls outside every pub in London. Del and Jumbo did row a lot about how the stall should be run. They also sold some fish.
Eels On Wheels was closed down in 1967 by a health inspector and Del's claims that fish was humanised on TV in childrens shows. Flipper, Squiddly Diddly and even Michael Fish.
After Eels On Wheels ceased trading, Jumbo decided to emigrate to Australia. Del Boy gave him £200. Del and Jumbo were not to see each other for 19 years. Thanks to Del, Jumbo used the £200 to set up a business and would later become a wealthy car dealer and would run a car cleaning company.
In October 1986, Jumbo returned to England to do a deal with old friend Boycie and to also offer Del Boy a partnership. He wanted to thank Del for giving him £200 to emigrate with in 1967. Jumbo said that if Del emigrates to Australia and joins Jumbo then he will be a millionaire. Jumbo said Rodney and Albert can come. Del agrees to the deal and gets his immigration papers sorted out, as does Rodney. A few days after offering Del the deal, Jumbo then flies back to Australia.
Albert says he does not want to start afresh yet again at his time of life and Del says he wil send him money. A week or so later Rodney is refused a visa due to a minor drugs conviction 5 years earlier. He does not want Del to join Jumbo. Rodney says the real opportunity lies here, as traders like them are approached when the country is in a depression and people want bargains. Rodney then storms off when Del says this is his big chance.
That night, Del rings Jumbo at his Sydney apartment and says Rodney wont be coming over due to some snags and that he wont be coming over either. He has family ties and the deal is off. He then says goodbye to Jumbo and tells Rodney the real opportunity lies here, the country is on the eve of a golden age of the black market.
After Del refused the deal, Jumbo never returned to England again. Del mentioned him in The Jolly Boys Outing (25th December 1989). Del also mentioned how he ran a jellied eel stall in Three Men, A Woman and a Baby (3rd February 1991) but did not mention Jumbo.
According to The Peckham Archives (BBC Books) Published 2016, Jumbo would write a letter to Del, telling him that he understood and respected his decision to not go to Australia. Jumbo would also say that Del and his family were always welcome to come and visit him at the Mills Mansion.
Born: About 1945
Full Name: Kenneth Mills
Occupation: Jellied eel stall holder (c1962-1967), Car cleaning business owner
In Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Del says Jumbo had curly hair yet in Rock And Chips (Prequel to Only Fools And Horses) Jumbo had straight hair.
List of appearancesEdit
Only Fools And Horses
Rock And Chips (Only Fools And Horses prequel set in 1960-1962)