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Tales from the Archives - 21

Young 'un's lorry (Pt 1)

George Lambert (Young ‘Un) started his removal and carrier business in Fernhurst with an old Model T Ford van and then graduated to the canvas covered lorry so affectionately remembered by those who enjoyed the village social life between the early 1920’s and the Second World War, recalled Edie Lucas, one-time village Postmistress.

George had three brothers, who all had nicknames. Jim was known as Gudger, Ira, as Splasher, Jack as Lammy and George was the youngest.

Young ‘Un provided a vital service to the village. Every week he would transport footballers and crickers to their matches, as well as playing in the teams himself. He would take the Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts on their various outings and when they went to Camp, usually places like Bognor, he would help load up all the equipment and tent bags. On arrival at the campsite he would make sure the tents were pitched and everything in order. After sharing their first camp meal, he would head back to Fernhurst to report to anxious mums that all was well.

One very popular outing was to the Aldershot Tattoo. They would load up the lorry with crates of beer, cyder and lemonade. The passengers, mostly courting couples, would climb on board to sit on the wooden seats – and it was lovely and dark in the back of the lorry! The Tattoo on a fine night was sheer magic and the regulars used to go every year, and usually didn’t get home until 2am.

If you would like to know more about this story, or research other local topics, the Archive is open on Tuesdays, 2.30-5pm in the Village Hall. Other times by arrangement.

Christine Maynard
Fernhurst Archive

One of a series of short articles bringing you some of the incidents from our rich village history. Collated by Christine Maynard, based on documents preserved at the Fernhurst Archives, these originally were published in the monthly Fernhurst News.

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