Repairing the lines, Whitby (Old Postcard dated 1966)

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Free Wheels on December 22, 2011

I really hope this can be mapped by Jim. Talking of Jim, is that him sporting a tsunami sized quiff in the back ground?

pedrocut on December 22, 2011

Hi Mike

You could well be right, but would he admit it?

Have a good Xmas and New Year!

Best wishes Peter

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 22, 2011

Hiya chaps, you'll be surprised what the old b-ggar knows.. First of all, I categorically deny any allegation that the guy with the quiff (there can't be many folks knows what a quiff is) is me..

Secondly, the old fisherman sorting the "tows" was a well known, highly respected skipper by the name of Jim Cole, (sadly deceased many years ago, at least thirty) He was one of the nicest old guys I ever met and a personal friend of my family. His families roots can be traced back many generations where they originated from the quaint old fishing village of Staithes, a few miles up the coast.

His great grandsons still fish locally..One of the few traditional families to do so.

Thirdly, I can place the location within a few feet and your date 1966 is about right!

Peter, you should have known this and you will probably kick yourself when I tell you..

Even today, this location is still used for the storage of crab-pots and I am certain that you will remember walking along "Little Church street" towards the 199 steps and a couple of hundred yards to your left is a short lane leading to the lifeboat station which is adjacent to a stone pier known locally as the "Fish pier" Of the two stone piers this is the one nearest the swing bridge...

Who ever took this charming photo was stood close to the edge!

On the other side of the river from this pier is the Dracula Experience..a sort of mini horror theme event.. a bit like the old Ghost trains, without the train..Silly I know :)

So there you are..Just stick your place marker on the end of the Fish Pier and Bob's yer' uncle.

One last thing, this photo is of great interest to me and my family so I request your permission to copy it for my own personal use..

Thanks for sharing it..I hope you enjoyed the story behind the photo :)

Kind regards!

jim

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 22, 2011

BTW, my quiff was bigger than that one :)

Free Wheels on December 22, 2011

Wow! Thanks Jim. The image on it's own is great however, your history and personal knowledge puts the living flesh onto history. I actually know the "Fish pier" but didn't recognise it.

Jim we need photographic evidence of the quiff:)

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 22, 2011

A few minutes ago, I spoke to my lovely old mum who is almost 92 years old and told her about this photo. She related the following story..

Many years ago, the old dear ran pubs in the town close to the harbour..Many fishermen frequented the pubs and over the years they eventually those same fishermen become good friends, not just good customers!

Old Jim Cole celebrated his ninetieth birthday in the Buck Hotel, my mums pub, on the waterfront, way back in the 1970's and my dear mum, a well known local singer, was requested to sing old Jims' favourite song 'Bless this House' Mum stood barefoot on the bar seat and sung her heart out..it brought a tear to old Jims eyes!

What really amazes me is the fact that this was still a vivid memory that brought much pleasure to an old lady..

Old Jim would have been around 125 years old had he been alive today!

Now it's bedtime kids!

jim

♦Rosa♦ on December 23, 2011

What a fabulous old postcard. I thought of Jim and the Yorkshire boys as soon as I saw it. Isn't it great to have AXOTA's input and knowledge? Really brings it alive. Your mum sounds great Jim. This is definitely going in the favourites!

Merry Christmas, Rosa.

ian1949 on December 23, 2011

Great postcard made all the better by Jims local knowledge and his mums, great to read.

pedrocut on December 23, 2011

Hi Jim

It gives me great cheer to upload a picture that gives such pleasure, it is yours to do whatever you wish!

In the last few years I have become a believer in serendipity, and this is yet another example. A few days ago I was looking at the Share history site and noticed that Jane had a section on old postcards. I had some modern pictures taken from similar positions and uploaded links to Panoramio so that the views could be compared. Yesterday it struck me that my late mother had kept all her postcards, and so I picked up about 50 and out of these about 10 would make interesting scans to upload.

Well, Reparing the Lines stood out to me as one I could upload also on Panoramio, especially as it was located to Whitby. Of course I immediately thought of you, and as we see we have a splendid story!

Give my regards to your mother and thank her for such an interesting story.

All the best Peter

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 23, 2011

I'm pleased the story was of some interest and thank those who enjoyed the link to the past..

Mark..your not ever going to see it, I refuse :))

Jim

d_mitry on December 31, 2011

HNY!!!!!!!!^))

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