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Frank Anderson

As a work friend of the late Frank Anderson, I often wonder who rememebers this person we wound and painted the street gas lamps in the early 1950s and we had our workshop at the gas holder station opposite the cinema and as many would know he was the local yokal (Benny Hill) and I travelled to entertain in local halls with him and I always wondered what became of his smock as he said it belonged to battle. He was also involved with the Bonfire Boyes but never disclosed the factory? Only the tools. Do you remember Frank or his mate pal wate? Thank you, Ken.

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    Hello Kenneth

    I remember Frank Anderson (1900 -1967) and Pal Wait (Pelham Wait, 1890 – 1970)from my childhood days in Battle in the late 1950s and 1960s.

    Frank’s smock is in the Battle Museum.

    They also organised the Good Friday marbles matches played on the Abbey Green. I can remember scrambling about trying to catch the marbles which were thrown to the children, and the free hot x buns handed out.

    There’s a good photo of them in the Hastings book from the Archive Photographs series compiled by Tony Wales, and also in Bygone Battle by Aylwin Guilmant.

    Best wishes,

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    Thank you Caroline, I shall have a look when I visit. I know he lived with a relative and he walked over the fields to work. It was just that it entered my head thinking of the past. Thank you, Ken.

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