Some Personal Memories of Tony Button
Tony and I were best friends when we were in primary school.
He lived in Waterside House, and it was a magical place for us. Some days we would go into the local reedbeds and play making dens, or hide and seek, whilst other days we'd get out his Mamod steam engine and fire it up in one of the outside rooms (which was possibly the wash-house at the time). Other times his mum would put on a tremendous tea for us with home-baked cakes and treats, or Tony would take down his christening photograph in the best room, and assure me that he was wearing a dress for the event. He would sometimes get prepared for us to go fishing in the Haven above or below the bridge, after digging up some worms from the manure heap in the vegetable garden to use as bait for eels, or we'd "patrol" Waterside with his air rifle looking for rats .... not that we ever found any, never mind shot them. Other times we'd go round to his uncles woodworking shop, or on to the farm, or cross the old brickfields and look for frogspawn in the ponds, or sticklebacks in the drains - now those we DID usually catch!
One day, Pete Willis and I went down Low Burgage to play with Tony. It must have been the mid-fifties. Time for home came, and Pete and I set off along the old trackbed of the railway, with the stated intention of crossing the railway bridge over the haven as a shortcut (though whether it would save us so much as an inch is very open to question!). Tony tried to tell us that the bridge had been pulled down, but we had convinced ourselves that we had viewed the bridge on the walk down .... though we should have known that Tony's local knowledge was rather better than our's, and once we got to where the bridge HAD been we were left with the difficult choice of either going back and admitting our error, or continuing along the northern side of the Haven to come out in Marsh Lane! So Marsh Lane it was!
In among the playground games of cops and robbers, cowboys and indians, and such things, I think we Winteringham boys of the fifties were probably the only ones in the country to play at sawing down imaginary trees, and more popularly blowing them up with jelly (gelignite), all under the instructions of Tony who was the expert in these things, having a dad "in the trade!"
At school, we were only allowed on the grass field when it was dry .... so more or less summertime only. But it was a great place for football with jumpers and jackets for goals. I was in goal at the "Canteen End," when Tony took control of the ball and lashed a rising shot past me that was still rising when it smashed into one of the canteen windows, showering glass everywhere. There followed a discussion as to whether the blame lay with Tony for such a devastating shot, or with me for failing to prevent a goal! I can't remember much of the outcome when we eventually admitted our guilt to Miss Brown, but she must have been fairly light on us, as I have no recollection of any severe punishment!
Soon after primary school, I left the village as we moved to Louth, and as often happens, Tony and I never met again. But I shall always remember those always-sunny 1950s summer days down Waterside with my best pal.
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He will be missed not only by his very close family but by many others, always ready to lend a hand with a smile.
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Picture of the Day
The Camera Club’s October meeting has taken place, and the results are in for the Photoslot competition. You can see all the winners on the Camera Club website. Here’s the winner! It’s “A well-earned break” by John Tyson. Congratulations.
Ken was photographing another fabulous Winteringham Sunset on Tuesday (above) .....
..... when he was distracted by a huge flock of birds heading from south to north, east of the village .....
..... and making quite a racket! But .......
....... we don’t know what they are. Any ideas?
Les Waby tells us ....I can remember Lord Noel Buxton walking across in 1953 and Ken Brackenbury from Immingham in 1986. I will send you cuttings from Gy, Ev Telegraph Can you help with any more proof, and do you have any info of Brian Harrison who told Ken off. It appears that Ken did not have enough proof to satisfy the BBC.
Ed: If you know of Brian Harrison, or have any further details of Ken Brackenbury from Immingham walking across the Humber, then please let us know. On the Whitton website, Kate Spilman wrote in the 1950s that she had heard of four Ferriby men walking across 15 years earlier!
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Lorraine’s YEAR of Fund-raising!
This year I have decided to raise money for the RSPCA and I have raised the bar!!!! I am aiming to do a whole year of events (my poor mum & Paul) here's the list so far ..
May 2014 20k walk
May 2014 Santa Barbara half marathon
May 2014 Hoover Dam sky dive
June 2014 hull 10k
June 2014 5k open water swim lake Windermere
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August 2014 tough mudder
September 2014 10 Peaks
March 2015 Mt Kilimanjaro
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