Monthly Archives: December 2007

WALTON NICKNAMES

  I recently had the pleasure of chatting to an old Waltonian who I seem to meet once a year just before Christmas when I get a call to help him with his camera before the festivities. This year I … Continue reading

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JONAS OXLEY

I have recently received a message via this blog asking about Jonas Oxley the former Coxswain of Walton’s lifeboat. Unfortunately I am unable to reply directly to the enquirer as their Windows Live communication preference settings do not permit replies. … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS GREETINGS

James Smith was Walton’s Town Crier around 1900 and quoting from Bernard Norman’s book Walton-on-the-Naze in Old Picture Postcards, "He was an ex-naval man who lived on Walton Square. For a shilling he would cry the details of any forthcoming … Continue reading

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PIER FISHING

As a recent convert to the piscatorial scene – that’s fishing to you and me – a friend handed me a press cutting from The Daily Mail which suggested that our new prime minister and his cohorts are planning to … Continue reading

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HAPPY AS A SAND BOY

Growing up the son of a carpenter and joiner in Walton-on-the-Naze in the 1950s was not exactly a life of luxury, however it was a childhood that now I would not have swapped for the silver spoon variety. The hardships … Continue reading

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WISHING YOU ALL – GOOD ‘ELF

As the festive season approaches it reminds me of the time when Walton was invaded by Santa’s elves. One was captured on video. (turn your PC sound on) Best wishes to all of my readers for a very happy Christmas … Continue reading

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THE BELMONT GARAGE

I receive many interesting and informative comments from people who have viewed the Old Walton Archive and more recently, this Blog. Only today I was approached in the supermarket by a lady who made nice comments about the web site … Continue reading

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