Crashed bomber came in use­ful for model planes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? -

THE rec­ol­lec­tions about Willes­bor­ough also brought back happy mem­o­ries for Peter Fo­ley. Mr Fo­ley, who now lives in Shoe­bury­ness, said: “I don’t re­call Richard Legg but I did know his younger brother Char­lie. “I was born in the farm cot­tage in Al­bion Place, no longer there, be­hind the Al­bion pub in 1933. I then lived most of my child­hood in Gladstone Road, in fact at the bot­tom of Richard’s gar­den in Bath Place. Bath Road was un­made and full of ruts and pud­dles when it rained. “His neigh­bours were the Pilchards who had a magic tap in their scullery. If you were very good it ran out orange squash. “At the be­gin­ning of the war there was an Army an­ti­air­craft Bo­fors gun be­side the Oak and the sol­diers kindly cut back the river bank and deep­ened the river bed so that one could dive from a con­sid­er­able height. “In that same field, later on in the war, an Amer­i­can Lib­er­a­tor bomber crashed. All but one of the crew sur­vived. I sal­vaged a large piece of per­spex from the rear gun tur­ret from which I made a num­ber of model aero­planes, also some rounds of am­mu­ni­tion that my fa­ther in­sisted I took to Con­sta­ble Cham­pion our lo­cal bobby who lived in Gladstone Road. “The Brickfield Pond in Can­ter­bury Road was an­other favourite swim­ming spot, un­til one of the lads drowned, which re­sulted in it be­com­ing ‘out of bounds’. “I re­call bows and ar­rows and cat­a­pults were the norm and the Mank­telow shop had a con­stant sup­ply of elas­tic. Mr Mank­telow was for many years the choir mas­ter and or­gan­ist at St Mary’s. “The Tin Hut was the fo­cal point of the Is­land in which many ac­tiv­i­ties took place, in­clud­ing the dances at which my mother, Dorothy Fo­ley played the pi­ano and Trevor Hills played ac­cor­dion. “We were fre­quently cold, went to bed with a hot wa­ter bot­tle. “Mr Wilt­shire ran the pa­per shop in Mead Road and I de­liv­ered the pa­pers to Bent­ley Road for some years. I hated Fri­day as the Ken­tish Ex­press came out, along with the Pic­ture Post and Lon­don Il­lus­trated News, thus my pa­per bag weighed a ton.” Mr Fo­ley sup­plied us with this pic­ture of Willes­bor­ough Church Choir circa 1942/3 with the Rev Wil­liams and Mr Ruck, the then choir­mas­ter. “I am stand­ing ex­treme right. The photo in­cludes the New­ton brothers, Stickle brothers and David Roberts stand­ing at the back. “I re­call we were paid the hand­some sum of 5 shillings – a quar­ter!”

Willes­bor­ough Church Choir in about 1942/3

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