Ian Hawks Memories

Prouts & The Canvey Canoe Club

By David Bullock

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Photo:Staff G.Prout & Sons Ltd at the Point - 1950's: Front Row ... Peter Nolson, Bob Taplin, Trevor Bloxham, Stan Turner, Wally Faber, Vin Tynan. Second row standing ... Dave Bowen, Dave Abbott, ?, David Poole, Christine Smith, ?, Pamala Turner, ?, Frank Coleman. Back row ... ?, ?, Peter Hamblin, Jock Black, David Powell, ?, Ian Hawks, Gerry Gold, Fred Miles {? = unknown}

Staff G.Prout & Sons Ltd at the Point - 1950's: Front Row ... Peter Nolson, Bob Taplin, Trevor Bloxham, Stan Turner, Wally Faber, Vin Tynan. Second row standing ... Dave Bowen, Dave Abbott, ?, David Poole, Christine Smith, ?, Pamala Turner, ?, Frank Coleman. Back row ... ?, ?, Peter Hamblin, Jock Black, David Powell, ?, Ian Hawks, Gerry Gold, Fred Miles {? = unknown}

Thanks to Ian Hawks

This page was added by David Bullock on 17/04/2008.
Comments about this page

Hi, My husband Barry Roberts is in the photo. The tall one in the back row, 6th from the left, next to him is Peter Hamblin. Does anyone know where Pete Hamblin is now?

By Queenie via the Canvey.org Forum
On 17/05/2008

Standing in front of and between Barry Roberts and Peter Hamblin is Terry Jenkins, my uncle.

By Andrew Stalham
On 19/06/2008

Peter is back living on the Island after living in Devon for some years. He used to sell plants at the saturday boot sale when it was at the Paddocks, but I hav'nt seen him since it moved to the school. John.

By John Buckmaster
On 05/10/2008

I was looking at the photo of the Prout Bro's staff with interest as my Grandfather was working for them back in the early 60's until he sadly died in 1963. I know he was working on, what was then, the largest catamaran to be built. As far as I can recall he was engaged in some of the carpentry work. His name was Frank Hollebrand and I have to say that the gent in the middle of the picture (2nd row) looks very much like him but I can't be sure. Is he one of the names missing? It's difficult to place the ??'s to the actual faces as 2nd and 3rd rows are mixed. Does anyone remember my grandfather? He live near the boat building yard in Point Road.

By Colin Thacker
On 13/01/2009

Just to clarify on my last comment, my Grandfathers name was actual Rudolph Frank Hollebrand but many called him Frank. Having investigated further with family members, he actually worked in the paint shop and varnishing so if that narrows it down a bit. He lived with my Grandmother in a chalet bungalow opposite the shops at the end of Point Road where the buses turned round. I think it was called Hearts d Syre or similar. Haven't a clue how it all looks now. I remember visiting as a child and late at night, listening to the rhythmic clang of the bell on a buoy out at sea and occasionally the low drone of a foghorn when it was bad visibility. Nostalgia reigns!

By Colin Thacker
On 16/01/2009

Colin Thacker.
I remember Frank in the paint shop very well who is in the middle of the second row, it is nice to be able to put another name to the staff picture
Ian Hawks

By Ian Hawks
On 26/05/2009

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