Photos stir memories of popular fun pastime
PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 January 2016
Photographs from a social gathering held in a Budleigh Salterton restaurant more than 50 years ago have stirred memories of growing up in the town.
Former Budleigh resident Robert Rogers has recently discovered two photographs from the town’s angling club’s annual dinner.
They show members of Budleigh Salterton Angling Club at what used to be Markers Restaurant in High Street.
Robert, who now lives in the United States with his wife Debbie and children Emily and Harley, was a member of the club at the time the photographs were taken.
He said he has great memories of his time living in Budleigh Salterton.
Robert said: “The photos are of a special era. No one had much money due to the end-of-war rationing and, on reflection, the close friendship and competitive spirit enjoyed by everyone was priceless.
“Fishing was big in Budleigh. Hookers and Saunders fish shops supplied the Rosemullion, Southlands and even Billingsgate fish market in London.
“We miss Budleigh and always will. We do come back and had a school reunion in 2011 and again visited all our family last year.”
He said his fondest memories of the town included the Christmas Day shipwreck in 1957 and a ‘great freeze’ in the early 1960s which turned the river and part of the sea to ice.
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