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[15] John (Jack) Wales: Earith National fishing attraction

Fishing on a river bank. Earith National fishing attraction.
Fishing on a river bank. Earith National fishing attraction.

Earith National fishing attraction – how come? John, continuing his walk around Earith:

That’s the ‘Riverview’ you can see sticking up and our house was next door and you can see the men fishing.
It was lovely in those days, the evenings used to be long evenings.
The local lads had peaked caps on.
The fishermen, even before the coach loads came down, mother used to take them in because the ‘Riverview’ – I keep calling it that because that’s what you know it as, but it was the Guest house – and Mrs Mayle would take in these fishermen and then she’d be full up, she could only take about 5 or 6, so she’d come and see mother, she’d have a spare bedroom.

And some of these people we got to know them so well, we knew them for years and every year they’d ring direct to mother because they lived well with us, you know, home cooked ham and eggs for breakfast, mainly from the North- Lancashire people.
Coach loads used to come to Earith from places like Nottingham and Sheffield to do fishing.

John Wales on holiday with 8 family members.
John Wales on holiday with 8 family members *.

* On a family holiday with: Florence Wales, Roy Goodrick, Bill Anderson, Jack Wales, William Wales, Les Gunnell, Two cousins, and Peter Norman.

(Extracts from ‘Keeping Time by the Crows’ University of Cambridge
John Wales retains copyright on original contributions)

John (Jack) Wales

April 2012

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