More Memories from past Newsletters.
By I R E Member
Since the publication of the article “Origins of the Club Newsletter” I have done some research into the authors of various contributions and their names. In two editions of Flotsam date 1986 and 87 I came across The following. “Pseudomorphois” by one “Emma Penny”. In her opening paragraph she states, “I got to wondering what has happened to those writers of epic poems,class news and letters to the Editor who all used non de plumes. Where and what are they doing now. It appears that some have moved away from the area,vanished into thin air, taken the ferry across to the other side (not Bawdsey) and even are still penning articles etc under yet another guise”.
The following list of names that she was able to trace has save me no end of hours endless trawling through numerous old back copies of the newsletters and other club documentation.
Bar Buoy-seems to have lost his poetic licence over the the last few years but hopes to re-emerge in the not to distant future.
Matthew Walker-has developed a knotty problem and enlisted the services of Ropeyarn with a view to writing a definitive work on the “Use of rope and knots under stress in the Rescue Boats.”
Emmanuel-the Ferry’s Latin scholar has taken up a Doctorship in ancient studies at the Open University.
Lady Fiona-appears to have been a lovely lady indeed by all accounts but her whereabouts is still a bit of a mystery.
God-He must be the only one who can answer as to his exact whereabouts.
Bolt-Cropper-has retired from making cutting remarks and was last seen cutting corn and ploughing up Suffolk fields.
Elizabeth Aston-the culinary expert to the Upper Crust was last seen to depart these shores with a passport full of visa and a large note book in search of exotic dishes from foreign lands and even beyond.
Ivor Nosh-never really made it as a high class cook ,opened a take away food shop but has it stolen one dark night. He is now making Fairy cakes for the under privileged.
Archangle-has moved on to a very much higher plane and now manages the “Three in One” agency for “Celestial Tours.”
Major General Recall-is alive and well working as a bunting tosser at a local sailing club not to far from the Ferry.
Seagull-invariably seen around the Ferry on Sunday mornings counting her chicks.
Auntie-Now in semi-retirement at Levington and often seen wandering about with a paint pot and brushes from yacht to pub and back. Must be a idyllic existence.
Orange Box-(derived from Outspan)was a passing phase in sailing at the Ferry. I have it on some authority that there are those who have seen then on inland puddles in recent times
Rowlocks-has teamed up with an old Norwegian “Tholepin” to start a new business “Oar Support Ltd” making specialised metal crutches.
Jim Timberlegs-was last seen in a local boatyard having this legs treated for Death Watch Beetle.
Al K Hollic-has signed the pledge and has become a prominent member of the general committee.
Dick Shaun Airey-is now the ciehf liexoahper to the dsylceitc lbriray at a wlel kown coeglle in Cmaribgde.
Their real identity still remains one of the great mysteries of the Ferry!
Or does anyone know better?
And finally from May 1970 issue.
Masts and booms, sails and hulls,
Mud and shingle,sea and gulls,
Joy and laughter, making merry.
Vic and Ferry Boat to pub,
Dwelling of all shape and size,
Saturday brings them alive.
Noisy motors, people shouting,
Trippers on a picnic outing,
pints of beer and cups of tea,
Do they ever see the sea?
Sunday sailors weather fine,
Fishermen with rod and line,
Locals in their local way
Look and smile at others play.
Weekends gone and Monday morning,
Five days peace again are dawning,
Time goes by like birds in flight,
Soon it will be Friday night.