During the 1960ís, I spent many a night out in my skiff chasing the longshore herring, shooting my nets in the Ham behind the South Pier at Gorleston and drift netting down the coast towards Lowerstoft. There were always two of us in the boat and Philip Garnham.crewed with me. Sometimes we were lucky, sometimes not, often not getting back before dawn, but we always enjoyed it what ever the catch, and would have a fry up of fresh Longshore herrings in my kitchen for breakfast.
The point I am trying to make is that whether itís half a fleet of Herring nets, or the Internet, you have to try to be successful. In my case, the benefits with my website have been the contacts from old friends and new.
People like Ron Taylor in Gt. Yarmouth who presents my pages, to the discovery of relatives I had no idea existed! John Bensley, who lives in Brisbane Queensland, who tells me his Gt.Gt. Grandfather Mark Bensley used to live in the Gorleston High St. and immigrated to Australia, arriving in Adelaide in 1871. Ron Bensley who went to the Edward Worlledge school and was in my class in 1939, and his wife Molly who worked in the same factory as my wife Carol. They live in Perth. Western Australia.
David Ollerton, from Rochedale, Lancashire. and Kirsty Stevens from West Sussex, who are both related to me albeit distant, and have both sent me the family Genealogy. This leads me to the fact that Kirsty has been in touch with the R .N. L. I. Headquarters in Poole Dorset and they have put her in touch with Ivor Steadman who lives in Gorleston. Ivor in turn has sent me several photos and items of interest appertaining to the history of the Gorleston lifeboats.
Kirsty has sent the accompanying photo to me. Her aunt Janette has the photo and they had no idea who these people were.
I am sure this was taken in the bar of the Anchor and Hope. Circa 1890 (The Life boat lookout, was attached to the old pub.)
Back Row - left to right
Edward Philip Newson Bensley, George Burgess? Charlie Palmer, and Sam Porter.
Billy Pingo Fleming, Sidney Sparks Harris, Unknown, John Charles Read Bensley.
(Ellery Harris. Senior) Arthur Edward Bensley.
I have never seen this photo before, and if I am correct the only remaining photo taken inside the Anchor and Hope.
Footnote. John Charles Read Bensley was Kirsty Stevens GT. Gt. Grandfather, and my Gt. Uncle .