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Such marvellous Island history. It's what the archive was meant for. I wonder who it is the Carnival Queen in the first small picture has her eye on?

By Robert Hallmann
On 25/08/2010

George. Interesting page on the Canvey canoe club bought back some happy memories. I entered the round Island timed race with Trevor Bloxhan. We arranged to race on a high spring tide and bribed the bridge attendant to slide open the bridge just enough for us to paddle through.

My family were all keen canoeists, and as we lived in Thundersley kept our canoes under the sail loft by Bell Wharf Old Leigh, one Prout two seater folding canoe, the Speedwell and a single seater the Swifture. From there we paddled over to Canvey to meet other canoe club members.

Remember one Christmas morning canoeing over to the Point and meeting up with Roland Prout. I believe there was a race from Canvey to All Hollows in Kent and back. My memory is a bit rusty but seem to remember Olive Chambers winning it and being presented with a cup, which ended up in the Prout offices and was passed to the Heritage centre in later years. I have put a few family canoeing photos on a separate page.

By Ian Hawks
On 25/08/2010

I do not remember the Queens name but many years later the mail was being delivered to G Prout & Sons at the Point and I recognised the lady delivering it and it turned out that she was the young carnival queen in the photo. Still looking very glamorous.

By Ian hawks
On 25/08/2010

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