Andrea Ash (née Pinnell): Asked via the message board if there was any one of the Laindon motorbike crowd who remembered Doris Ash.
Gloria Sewell: Asked if Doris had joined the army and lived in Kathleen Ferrier Area
There was no further information on this but Gloria had made several references in her articles to members the motorbike crowd and how it had played an enjoyable part of her life.
In Gloria’s article “My Teen Years” there was a reference on the boys and their bikes that sparked a considerable number of memories and I quote a couple of sections below that have triggered the memories: (Link to read the full article)
“Here are some of the names I remember. David Rand, my on off boy friend till I married him, Freddy Rand, Brian Reynolds, I had a crush on him,David Flashman, Ernie and Jean Byron, Tony Dowel, Jack and Barbara Flint, Silvia Turner, Roy Webster, Pat Davies,Ronnie Herbert, Maggie Cove, Chris Ash ,Andrea Ash, Roger Pierce, Janet and David Nightingale, Josie Bowen, Eddie Murphy,Ken Page, Ray Nuth, Fred Sewell, Richard Haines,Pam Callow, Stanley Parrish and neat and tidy Mr. Malcolm Payne, Ronnie Bains, Ken Appleby. The last two it saddens me to say were the two I knew that were killed on their motor bikes. Ron was going out with a local girl and Ken was a young soldier from Newcastle stationed in Langdon Hills. He was killed on his way back from leave in Orsett. His family knew his love for Laindon and its people and Ken was not taken back north to be buried, He stayed with us in Laindon and was buried in the little church yard next to the army camp. He was given a full military funeral and on his grave was a military head stone. I feel sure it must still be there. The Church is now a private residence. If any of you visit please place a flower on it for me. Thank You. As long as I lived in Laindon those lads were never forgotten by any of us and may they always rest in peace.
Rodney Moss was a lad I remember well because he made his little BSA Bantam look like a racing bike, I can still see it popping down the high road even now. There were many others in our motor bike gang from Laindon. I can never recall breaking the law, we got up to mischief perhaps but never broke the law.”
“My future husband’s family had a little bungalow in First Avenue in Dunton Plotlands. I always remember riding down the little narrow paths to go to see them. Two of my aunts and uncles had bungalows there as well so I spent quite a lot of time there as a youngster. The motor bikes were of course the pride and joy of the lads most of them rode English bikes. These are hard to come by now but I will try to name a few. B.S.A. Gold Star, Gold Flash and Bantam, Norton Dominator, Matchless, Vincent Black Knight and Black Prince, double framed Triumph also Harley Davidson, Vellocette’s and many more. The local bobbys had little grey L E Vellocette’s that they used to pop around on, they had no chance of catching us!”