Captain L. J. Lawrence
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Roger what a great read. brought back some wonderful memories of those important teenage years when we all need some adult guidance. i recall the years i worked with your Dad at the Dunmow Flitch, he was somebody to be respected and difficult to make laugh- however i recall managing this on many occasions and to see/hear his belly laughs were something to behold. i also recall one of his favourite sayings when referring to us boys " you were not angels but certainly not devils" in addition to the many entries you have there are two omission that i feel should be recalled, firstly encouraged by your Dad and organised by you we were set a challenge, travelling in pairs to see who could hitch hike the farthest and quickest time, post cards were to be sent from the point reached and posted back to the youth centre, i remember pairing up with Norman Gill he and i made it to Scotlands Fourth Bridge, we came 2nd to yours truly by a matter of a few hours. secondly in the latter days a Major Bob Maslen-Jones came on the scene. he would organise long weekend trips to Snowdonia for walking/climbing/drinking many times arriving in the middle of the night and welcomed by typical Welsh rain pitching tents in the dark and would wake up in the mornings surrounded by sheep and drenched. great camaraderie. I feel so privileged to have known your dad, family and for the guidance provided by the leaders and for the many friends made and good times had. Thanks
Well done Uncle Roger! Way to go in pulling this all together and the help you got from everyone. I believe Grandad would appreciate and love this site.
Hi Roger- a good read, I have some old table tennis photos and News Paper articals on the Youth Centre I will try and find from the 60/70s when I played with Cec Butcher. Dean
Thanks Roger, this all looks good and well presented, congratulation.