The Settlers and the Ranch House Band
"... The Settlers Square Dance (Exhibition) Team and the Ranch House Band with caller 'Hank' McOwan at Cinderford Miners Welfare Hall on the 6th June, 1952".
1 Brian Russell, 2 Nita Davis, 3 Johnnie Bennett (he lived next to the Co op and built a car in the back garden he and his friend Harold McOwan had to put planks over the River Ltd to get it to the road), 4 Beth Evans, 5 Ken Fox*, 6 Shaver Davis, 7 Allan McOwan, 8 William Smith (he had a jewellers opposite the Co op in Lydney), 9 Brian Russell. 10, Jean Tucker, 11 Michael Dunn*, 12 Pam Williams nee Gittings, 13 Lawrence Tee*, Ray 14 Allard*, 15 Josie Collins.
* Forestry Student (Forestry School was at Parkend)
Back row: (L-R) Jean Tucker, Michael Dunn, Pam Williams nee Gittings, Lawrence Tee, Ray Allard, Josie Collins.
Middle Row: (L-R) Beth Evans, Ken Fox, Shaver Davis, Allan McOwan, William Smith (he had a jewellers opposite the Co op in Lydney), Brian Russell.
Front row: (L-R) Brian Russell, Nita Davis, Johnnie Bennett (he lived next to the Co op and built a car in the back garden he and his friend Harold McOwan had to put planks over the River Ltd to get it to the road)
Nita and Shaver Davis were brother and sister.
"The man who built the car was known as 'Buck' Bennett. In the summer he would sit at the open window on the first floor of Ford's greengrocers shop (I think), playing his guitar and singing along. I believe the car he built was based on a Rover chassis. Each light was individually switched, and I asked him what the red switch was for, he replied that it was a spotlight focussed on any oncoming traffic that didn't dip it's lights. He also had an early crash box Austin seven".
Thanks also to Judi Little, Bob Stone and Graham Long.
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