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RE: Bawdsey & Bawdsey Quay


John, the photos above bring back many happy memories. 

As you know, I first came to Suffolk, and Bawdsey in particular, courtesy of the RAF.  I was posted from Basic Recruit Training at Swinderby, Lincs, to RAF Bawdsey in mid-October 1964.  I spent nearly 2 years at Bawdsey and came to know the area quite well. 

The good Admiral's mentioning of Charlie Brinkley brings back the memories of a great many trips on his ferry across the Deben.  Something to be experienced in the middle of winter with a very strong tide running out of the river.  Charlie was a grand old chap as was Albert, the charabanc driver who always drove us to and from Felixstowe.

I left Bawdsey in May 1966 and have not yet been back to Suffolk.  That is something I must rectify on my next return to the UK.



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This photo was taken of Bawdsey from Felixstowe Cliffland Carpark, here we can see in the distance the Manor with a Martello Tower in the middle foreground and to the left is Felixstowe (FXT) Ferry Golf Course. To the right of the manor is one of those very early RADAR masts, sadly English Heritage tried to protect it but there was too much corrosion in the mast and so it was brought down
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I could tell you a few tales about what old Albert Aldous used to tell his passengers Laurie (me being one of them) but I don't want to get flung off this new forum just yet. All I'll say is the world would have been a poorer place without the likes of him.--er well maybe i'll tell you just a little bit.
Going up to the top of the Dip one day Albert pulled up and got out of his bus, which was not hard as Albert used to do fifteen miles an hour flat out and we had just come up the hill to where the car park is now. Albert bends down and fishes something out of the gutter and climbs back on the bus saying in that stuttering voice of his "B----- T-Thrupny b-b-bit l-lay there for a w-week if nobody w-want it i-'ll hay it. He had spotted this coin from his bus a week ago and kept his eye on it all that time. Needless to say the few passengers he had were in fits of laughter but that was Albert.wink

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Albert and Charlie were two of nature's true gentlemen.  Both had hearts of gold.  I wish I could remember some of the tales that Albert used to spin as he was 'coasting' along.  As you say, it wasn't exactly the quickest of journeys on Albert's bus.  But then, who was in a hurry?

His cry of "Bawdsey City" as we reached the ferry from Felixstowe will always be remembered.  Wish I could do the accent!


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