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As we said in the intro they have no provenance. They were passed to us some years ago. I think they are still in our collection. If we knew where they came from they would have been handed back. It was some years ago now. These are photos of the concrete barge, the stone boat you mention. It’s nice to know a bit about the family at last.
Re Day pictures. That’s my Auntie Ida and Uncle Frank Day. The children are my cousins. Please tell me how you came by these pictures. My family and the Days used to holiday on Canvey every summer from the middle 50’s to the mid 60’s. The Days stayed at Leigh Beck and we stayed at Maynell Ave behind the casino. I was looking at old photos yesterday and found a picture of the stone boat we used to play on and it reminded me of our holidays so I found your excellent website and am just thrilled to see the pictures there.
Yes it was called Bondiam it was where the doctors were it belonged to The Davies family , at the side of it opposite Bondholm was a big white house which belonged to Mrs Ethrington who also owned a flat above the launderette
Hi..my name was Karen Budd at school..I remember Paul Henry..Jeffrey Garner..good lookers..I think they fancied Kim Mansfield..ha..I have fond memories of school..was it Denise Wright..lived on a farm at Northwick Corner…I used to hang out with Gillian Beaumont and Pat Balden in those days..anyone with a surname beginning with B may remember me.. although I was pretty shy..🤔
I’m very sad to hear of Tony’s death, I missed the news until now. Remember him well from the bands at the Youth Centre back in the 60’s. Condolences to his family and friends.
Smashing photos. Thanks for sharing them.
My Parents have over 10 of his paintings all over thair house. Brought them when he was pitched for a period of time in Jaywick, Tower Caravan Park (as it was called then). Some of them he painted to order for my partents. I remember as a lad watching Alan paint for hours. I am early 50’s now. He was a really nice chap and really talented. Would love to know more about his life and what happened to him mid 80’s onwards.
the guy on the right is tony dudbridge my brother in law who sadly passed away recently
loved this page good to see the ship remembered as so many 1940’s crew are unknown to us ….my father Robert John Lindsay returned from a ‘last ‘ voyage from Australia to join Imperial Airways in 1938/9…..was not to be-had to stay in the navy on Ministry of war troop transport and was assigned to Royal Daffodil. Despite Dunkirk he loved the old girl and spoke of her as his favourite over all of the big boats he served on with P&O and N.Z refrigerated ships.
I lived in a caravan at Hole Haven from Jan 1971 until March 1972. I remember there was a shop on the site run by a lady called Bella. I used to pay my rent to an old ex bookmaker, Stan Barret who used to race top grade greyhounds throughout the country. Lovely lovely memories.
2nd from the left front row is my Mum Lilly Sexton as she was then
One of my biggest regrets is that I missed this show. I really liked their single “Seven Seas Of Rye” which I think had just been released, and I cut out the ad for the gig from the local paper but never went.
Thank you Tony good to hear someone remembers him, he and I used to play football for Egan would love to get in touch with some of the players back then ,anyway good to hear from you ,thank you,.
The White House was hit by an arson attack last night.
There is also 2 bridges from King Georges crossing the dyke which runs from the sea wall.
Remember them well, although they were perceived to be a warning not to go past, they still presented a challenge for a few of us to swim to and I remember feeling the strength of the outgoing tide as I held on to the sapling before swimming back to the beach, happy days.
The only bridge and dyke is the one that runs along behind the flats at the top of May Ave. and between those and Lubbins Park School – the bridge runs from the bottom of Meadway through and over the dyke into May Ave. via the other entrance to Lubbins Park school. the front entrance is in the car park next to the amusements and main one in between the flats from May ave. Is this the one?
Over 60 years later, CISCA House is still here and thriving as a successful independent charity providing a wide range of facilities in a caring environment, and provided entirely through the efforts of willing volunteers. Dr Alan Whitcomb
I was born in n 1950 on Canvey, but this beautiful poem brought back many memories of our family life in the Wintergardens and the wonderful childhood I had in those beautiful times. Thank you for sharing it.
I am 53 and known Johnny since I was 15 , went to so many of his nights over kings .. he then became a regular customer of my dads shop Crocketts in benfleet for so many years … When he came in he always had a distinctive cologne , my dad said he liked it , next time he came In he had bought my dad the cologne … that was the kind of man he was … All the years I new him he was just the same person from back In The day .. You will always be remembered for the gentleman you were … Sending love to your family Love Linda , Claire and Michael Crockett xxx
This cottage is always been described as a home to live in built for probably the Dutch workers who came to build Canvey Islands sea defences and drainage dykes. However, talking to a Dutchman on holiday some years back and showing him photos of it he didn’t think it was originally built as a home, but a horse (donkey) powered mill. The horse or donkey would be harnessed to the mill mechanism walk round and turn the mill stones. If you look in the grounds of the cottage there are mill stones and certainly some sort of wheel mechanism. He claimed there are mills like this all over Holland many converted to holiday homes. The building most certainly is Dutch, but much as it may ruin the guided tours of the local schools (have been in plenty of them as a school governor) and their tales of why it was built, where did the mill stones and mechanism come from?
Jessica was my best friend , it broke my heat when she went to Canada. her parents were lovely people xx
I used to go there when it was a club which Mick Sander’s owned, £1.00 per lifetime membership according to Mick, fond memories
After the main Texaco service station was completed in the 60’s, the rear plot of land with a shack like workshop, was taken over by Mick Hart & Lennie (Buster) Edwards, they called it ‘M&B Repairs’ l used to sub contract their damaged car repair business for a few years, finally taking over the newly erected workshops, and opening as ‘Essex Coachwork’s’ then in the 70’s, along with my business partner Ken Taylor, purchased the (now closed) petrol station, so the whole site was and still is under the mantle of ‘Essex Coachwork’s Ltd’ from which l retired from some 10yrs ago
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