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The Royal Oak, Yorkley in the mid 1950s.

Image: The Royal Oak, Yorkley, mid 1950s (102k)

Back Row : Les Smith, Charley James, John "Jack" Baghurst, Will Thomas, John Henry (Harry) Norris , Bob Johnson, George Ambrey, Blood Turley, George Bond.
Middle Row: George Meek, Dennis (Dinuck) Marshal, Herbie Norris, Greta Norris, Eileen Smith, Sid Stratford, Ada Morse, Tommy Halford, Des Stratford, Ted Gurney.
Front Row: Ivor J Ellis, Gladys Ellis (Landlord/Landlady), Bertha Turley, Betty Marshal, Kitty Jones, Joy Hart, Bolter Hawkins, John William Thorne (born in
Thanks also John Ambrey, Sylvia Curphey and to Glenice Goldsmith who added (April 2007): " with my elder brother, our uncle Thornton Ellway lived at the end cottage of the Royal Oak. He had lived there most of his life and was a retired miner. I was evacuated to Yorkley during World War II with my mother Mabel Chapman (nee Ellway). Thornton died in 1964/65".

Thanks also to Bev Nash who added (June 2007): "... Eric and Mary Beddis (later) bought the old Royal Oak. I did odd jobs for them on a Saturday when they were working on the home, then would go over to the chip shop on the green for lunch, before going to play rugby. I used to go to Yorkley Youth Club with their son John. He had a sister Susan and a younger one called .. Erica. John played rugby with me for Yorkley Colts, he was a hooker, around 1967 or so".

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