Sadly, another piece of bad news to relate just before the year closes, the passing away on Boxing Day of Frank Thompson. I have to admit I did not know this gentleman but many of you may have done. The news in this case comes from SSBR’s Tricia Gurnett once more, in “The Barge Blog” at
We have more sad news to record, with the death suddenly on Boxing Day 2012 of Frank Thompson, after a very brief illness.
Frank, who lived in Layer-de-la-Haye, was 92. He was a member of SSBR and often contributed to Topsail and Mainsheet. He and his wife, Kathleen, sailed on many barges in the days of trade, particularly with the late Stan and Chick Yeates on board sb Glenway.
Both Richard Walsh and John White heard from Frank just before Christmas when his notes were full of news. Indeed, he gave John a few additions for The Sailing Barge Compendium.
The funeral will be on Monday 14 January, at 12.30pm, at Colchester Crematorium. All are welcome at the service, where Jimmy Lawrence will be performing the shanty Happisburgh Light, and afterwards at the Donkey & Buskins pub, Layer-de-la-Haye.”
We at the Cambria website would add our sympathies and thoughts for the Family and Friends at this sad time. Thank you, Tricia.
Incidentally, the Barge Blog has a lovely snowy pic of the transom of Kitty as their ‘Christmas Card’ image – just scroll down the blog to 24th Dec.