LIKE John L Burt, in his letter published May 18, regarding your interesting weekly feature ‘Crimes of the Century’, I’m sure that your readers are amused by the court hearings in the majority of the cases you report.
However, his letter brings to mind a case you reported in 2005 in which the circumstances are in total contrast. I refer to the infamous trial in 1905 when three men, including a father and son, were charged with the murder of a gamekeeper while poaching in the Ganton area.
This trio became nationally notorious when at least one local publisher, T Taylor and Sons, printed postcards of these individuals and I enclose a copy of one which had been used as a means of communication between someone local and the recipient in Leeds. Certainly a contrast with the immensely popular local scenic views depicted during that era. As regards Mr Burt’s comments on local characters, which I know refer to the post WW2 era; two of the best known were actually sellers of the Evening News and the Mercury. A chap called Derek (slightly lame I believe) who trundled his makeshift cart along the seafront, and a loveable lady, Mrs Robinson, who for many years stood at the corner of Westborough and York Place outside the former W Rowntrees store. Each had an inimitable voice and shouted out their wares with hardly a pause for breath.
The call was intended as ‘final paper’ but came across as something like P’inal, and Mrs R could be heard from one end of the main street to the other. These days, she’d probably get locked up for disturbing the peace!
Memories of another of our resort’s irreplaceable treasures.