Memories of Acton Bridge
Laurie, I remember vividly those days as if they were yesterday, strange to see the Jan mentioned which dad bought from the Faircloughs which was moored at Widnes Docks.Do you remember our trip down the ship canal to the boat festival? Our boat at the time was the gorgeous 32ft 'CORAL', Thornicroft powered, I have a photo of the 'CORAL' at Chester with your mum and dad, Roger, my mum and dad and me. Remember 'BOY BLUE' which was moored by the cottage? An ex MTB I think. Names from the past, the 'Barnton', the 'Comberbatch', the 'Wimborne', the 'Polythene', the 'Madge' to name a few.
Hello Laurie My dad had the boat 'Jan' - I still see Roger & Jean from time to time. We still have a boat on the Weaver at AB, and she is called 'Triton'. I have a brother called Peter and my parents were called Peter & Mary - but can you remember my name? I once went out with you just to confuse you further. am now the Hon Sec at AB!! Hope to hear from you soon.
My parents also had a boat down at AB called 'Jan' which was moored outside the cottage. The cottage was lived in when my parents bought the boat, but then the husband (Mr Noden I think) died and his wife moved to Weaverham (again I think). We have good memories of the club - rowing around the island; swimming in the river; and generally 'messing about' on the island. The sun always shone then. The boat moored in front of us was owned by a David Shields and was called 'Vega'. I remember the Hatchards very well. Also Ken Binns, Fred & Marian Warburton, the Irelands, the Knights, Bunny & Penny Edwards, Stan Davies, the Pearsons, the Hobsons, Graham Andrews etc. which was a bit ...Read full memory
My nanna and grandad Noden lived at Island Cottage. Grandad was a bridgekeeper along with Jack Powell and Syd Bebbington at Acton swing bridge from 1945-1960. There was an enormous flood in 1946 when my grandparents were the first to be rescued. The water rose over 12and a half feet. A Bulldog Drummond film had its ...Read full memory