The Old Sliding Bridge
Plus a traffic jam
When a very young lad visiting Canvey one Sunday in granddads Morris16 with a brother, sister, parents, 3 cousins, nan and granddad when crossing the bridge a rear spring broke right in the middle of the bridge and the car stopped and would not move. You can imagine the traffic jam we caused.
Granddad was in the RAC but an AA man on a motorcycle and sidecar turned up he spent at least an hour under the car and managed to free the car and push it off the road. The garage could not fix it till the next day so dad got us bed and breakfast in a house in Long Road we, as kid,s had a great time just like a holiday a lovely memory.
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The shed you can see on the left in the distance is Dauntless boatbuilders where I done my apprenticeship in 1949 Mr Latimer was the owner. My parents and the clubhouse at South Benfleet opposite the anchor pub I believe it is an Indian restaurant now. The junior school on Canvey Island used to have a youth club there where i used to cycle to. Hole Haven Road where the gas terminal used to be. What’s the row of cottages an old friend of mine Harry girl who married the beauty queen of Canvey Island he was a Tugboat Captain that anchored just off Hole Haven to get a shower he dived off and swim the distance to the seawall. Summer or winter. Those were the days when the red cow pub was there. And the and crowned King of Canvey Island was Colonel fielder. I have lots of beautiful memories of Canvey I was one of those that helped to rebuild the seawall I was there when the floods took place.
The Bay country club in the 50s was owned by Mrs Carey.
The red cow which is now the King Canute was owned by a friend’s father Mr Eaton. Rodney Eaton was the son of my friend.
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