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Tales from the Archives - 22

Young 'un's lorry (Pt 2)

George Lambert (Young ‘Un) and his lorry was always much in demand. Without him, local sports teams would probably not have been able to get to their fixtures.

As well as the footballers and cricketers, he would also take the local Darts Teams to their matches. Darts was very popular and there were teams from the Red Lion, the Spreadeagle (on the main road) and the Working Men’s Club (now Fernhurst Social Club) to their matches at other pubs and clubs in the area. And very merry outings they were too, with no drinking and driving ban to worry about. However, a couple of pints were all that most could afford, but it made everybody want to sing and that was George’s greatest pleasure. Particular favourites were ‘Granny’s Little Old Arm Chair’, ‘My Girl’s a Yorkshire Girl’ and some which were not sung when children were around, such as Jack Lambert’s rendition of ‘You’d Better Pull Down the Blind’.

In 1950 George bought a coach and continued to drive people on their WI outings, Fire Service outings, theatre trips, etc and when London was decorated for the Coronation in 1953 something like ten different coach loads went to the decorations and illuminations on different nights. Another memorable night was going to see the fleet lit up at Spithead. They left Fernhurst at 6.30am and didn’t get home until 5am the following morning.

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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