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I am surprised that no one has commented on the remarkable similarity to the Origami folding dinghies, which are sold, as home build plans, by the WoodenWidget company. These can be found on the American site, Duckworks, though I think the company may be European. I recollect reading that the designer wrote that he was influenced by seeing an old folding dinghy of this design. Did he base his design on the Prout dinghy?
I have 2 of these, both need work, they have been projects I haven’t got to yet. Interesting is that they have moved with me from Hertfordshire to Dorset and now burnham on crouch, so not far from their birthplace.
Hi Chris I was in my early twenties back in those Music Shop days, and often it’s not until we get much older, do we look back and realise how the things we did and the experiences we had, shaped what we went on to do with the rest of our lives! I still harp back to the 60’s and 70’s “proper” music, with Guitars, Bass and Drums, mainly thanks to my exposure to the local music scene way back then. I will look at you FB page and catch up with what been going on.
Really well written. Thank you. I am reading this in Adelaide, South Australia. There are many of Charles Harridge’s descendants living in Australia. I wonder if the portrait of Crisp was signed by the artist and where it is?
I used to go to school with a Madaline Bindoff Leigh Beck in the 1950 and did ballet lessons with A Miss Gertrude Yearsden
Thank you Janet. Sorry it took so long to reply.very remiss of me. Graham…Again apologies. Mum, dad and Duke sadly passed away in 2013. I still have photos of myself crawling about on the lawn at the Settlement. Small world. I Googled Canvey a few year back but there are so many changes there was nothing left of where we lived etc. I so remember the open fields where we used to play, all gone! Sad. Regards Roy.
I would like to get in contact with Mr Richardson my name is Steven Cole Councillor Steven Cole of Castlepoint Borough Council
Hi Alan Barry Mead now lives on the south coast Rye in Sussex I think, although I know he also now does a fair amount of international travel and he regularly posts on my FB page: Chris M C Stevens..there is plenty of stuff on there relating to the Music Shop from other ‘Southend music people’ who you also know or remember and I’m sure we can get you back in touch with Barry email me email@example.com Good to hear from anyone from the glorious days of the 70’s Southend Music scene Chris Stevens
We have been advised by the Transport Museum their event on Easter Sunday has had to be cancelled. Look out for their rearranged date.
I worked with Johnny at King’s Club as sound light man he was a good man and a friend so sad to read of his passing R.I.P buddy jim mac
The man driving the halcon lorry is my dad bill fullbrook
Any idea what age group this is? I played for Mornington under 14’s in the 73/74 season and I remember Colin Yeo, Gary Cleghorn and Antony Fox playing for the Delta Under 14’s
I was in Mr Diamonds class at Saint Josephs, and new Linda well and lived a few houses away , my parents friends with hers , she had two sisters , all three were beautiful. I remember in the school playground at dinner time some of the girls get together and sing to a audience of school kids and Linda stood out then her voice was so nice , so she could sing even at a young age , lm glad she got to go into singing for a profession she was made for it . I still think about her and always will .😎
I’m sure I remember a Mrs Smith as head teacher around 1970-71 ish? Or was she after Miss Magee?
Frank was in my mums class at school furtherwick school Margaret rayne
I’m Scott ogg from Strathroy Canada. OGG is such a unique galic name with great importance with angus ogg and Robert the bruce. I love this stuff. I want to find out who in my clan came to Canada first. Roderick OGGis my grandfather. I was always under the impression we came from Aberdeenshire …. I went to live in Edinburgh when I was 22 and trained with Livingston fc for yr soccer I really want to trace the family from Scotland to southwest Ontario Canada.
Ah, Miss Vincent. She caned me once for pushing and shoving at assembly. It was a freezing cold morning and the pain was awful. I never pushed and shoved again. She gathered us all together in the hall one morning to tell us all that Germany had capitulated and the war was over. Another morning that one of the girls on her way to school had been run over by the only car on the Island, I think it was the doctors car, as she got off the bus right outside the school and walked out in front of it. She broke it to us by saying ‘God took her’. It was twenty years before I would think seriously about words. She and Miss Price shared a flat above a paper shop, Tremaines I think, next to the Rio cinema.
I have the exact same tea pot
We lived in that house, 1962 till 1967 I believe. Fond memories as a young boy. Bomb shelter in the yard, outhouse, lol, gas meter was a shilling. No central heat, just a fireplace. Some of the “Best” memories of my life. We moved to Canada in 1967, miss my dog Butch and all the fun I had.
Hello Janet and Graham. Yes I am fortunately quite fit and well. Lots of gardening and doing my own housework. Am checking out electric pianos to learn to play, hopefully. About Benny Cook. My mind says his real name was Brian but we all called him Benny and that’s why I assumed it was him in the conversation. Perhaps you could find out if I got it wrong and get him on here. Also anyone know If John Napper is still around and George Wright . Both from Leigh Beck. Stan.
For those interested:
The “Lonely Road” film spoken about is available to view online here: https://archive.org/details/lonely-road
Hi Stan , good to hear from you. The only one of your siblings still around a few yrs ago is Terry. I saw him when the bench for the B17 was dedicated afterwards I heard he wasn’t, well. I haven’t seen him around since then , hope he is OK( we were classmates at Leigh Beck) With regard to your comment the interview is with BRIAN Cook not BENNY. If it is the Benny Cook I think you are referring to( he used to work for the Gas Board) he actually made a comment fairly recently on the Archive. Unfortunately I am not able to find it! Graham 🤔😀
Hi Stan nice to hear from you again. Hope you are well.
I am Stan Pierce now 87 in Australia. Just listened to the Benny Cook stories about Canvey. He sounded very aged and unwell. Listening to him made me feel so sad because I knew him as a boy all young and fit. He was in the same classes as me at school from the infants to the Long Rd. School right up until 1950. I remember him mostly from being the best cricket batsman in school and I always tried to get in his team. RIP Ben.
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