Who were the other ath­letes?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? - by Mike Ben­nett

More mem­o­ries from South Willes­bor­ough

OUR re­cent Mem­o­ries fea­ture on life in the older parts of Ash­ford sparked in­ter­est from many read­ers in­clud­ing Al­fred Kemp from Lees Road, Willes­bor­ough, who has sup­plied a rare sport­ing pic­ture from the past. Our fea­ture last month on 83-year-old Richard Legg’s mem­o­ries of his youth spent in South Willes­bor­ough sparked a wave of let­ters and calls to our of­fices. Al­fred Kemp was among those who re­sponded. Al­fred, born in South Ash­ford in 1918 and at­tended New­town School, has lent us this pic­ture show­ing the South Willes­bor­ough Ath­letic Club from the 1930s. His brother Harry is stand­ing sec­ond from the left but he hopes read­ers may be able to sup­ply names of oth­ers. An­other plea for help comes from Sally Standen from Hill View, Ash­ford, who is look­ing for mem­bers of the Sharp and Weller fam­i­lies. Thomas Lacey, from Beck­ley, mar­ried Ten­ter­den girl Martha Sharp in Ten­ter­den in 1879 and they had a daugh­ter Mable and a son Charles Thomas. In 1891 Martha was liv­ing with her chil­dren in St Michael’s with William Weller as a lodger, and by 1901 at Mayor’s Place, Ten­ter­den. William John was born in 1895. She said: “William was my grand­fa­ther who grew up in Ten­ter­den and mar­ried Daisy Tutton in 1920. Af­ter he died grand­mother went to live with Charles in Mayor’s Place with her son Charles Frank and daugh­ter Isla Mable. “I would love to know what hap­pened to Martha and Mable Lacey and William Weller af­ter 1901.” Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Mrs Standen on 01233 633180.

HAVE you any pic­tures from the past? Send them with brief de­tails to Mike Ben­nett, Ken­tish Ex­press Re­mem­ber When, 34 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent TN24 8JR.

More mem­o­ries of life in South Willes­bor­ough prompted by Mr Legg’s rec­ol­lec­tions in next week’s Ken­tish Ex­press.

Richard Legg with his pic­ture of Willes­bor­ough as it was in the 1930s

South Willes­bor­ough Ath­letic FC in 1930

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