I've not seen Dave Brandon since the summer of last year. Lol beard who does a few jobs for Dave, told me two or three months ago he was not too well.
I often saw Dave on a walking frame going up to see his wifes grave, at the Tickford St cemetery.
As you said stuart, a great bloke and a worker who deserves better.
Sach is still around, I think I'm right in saying they have just pulled down the site of Black Rose Motors and all of the industrial buildings to Taylors?
Sach started engineering as a Wolverton Works apprentice as did I. We were both in the B R Training school around 1959. I ended up as an Electrician. later moving to electronics due to health reasons, working then at Sogenique's and later working for the Plessey Company.
We all remember sach starting a cycle shop? I think before the Coles bakery shop opposite to Church House. (Which by the way Stuart, is now a Hotel or Lodging House) He then after finishing at Black Rose Motors? took on Odells when it first turned into a restaurant, later selling it on.
I'm not sure what he's up to now?
WJ Cooper's and sons Ltd are now at "Bridge St in Buckingham"
Looking up the Cooper history the original Mr Cooper came from Gayhurst and were farmers, he started the Newport Phoenix works in 1924.
Rands the Iron Mongers became Thresher's the Wine Merchants. It now stands Empty waiting for the next venture.
Can you remember Dave Child's dad working there
The Mazzones are still around, Pete lives in Wolverton Rd. Ralph is the Choir Master at the Parish Church and young Tony lives in Tickford St.
I can still taste their Ice Cream 'in my imagination' ( I know its an age thing )
Going back; having said that I could not remember Neil and Wendy (another age thing) they gave up the Florist some years ago. I saw Neil in the High St a few weeks ago.
And finally; Stuarts fine description of us both made me laugh. I can only speak for myself, the body may not perform as it should, but the eyes can still appreciate the beauty around us, whether this makes me a dirty old man I'm not sure. I'm certainly not going there after two divorces.
Lesson learned and all that!!