A very old photo, estimate about 1950. The Brayne family on the right as we look with younger son, Gerald, wearing beret, top right.
The “film star” is Bill Meredith. 1st fishery officer, he is holding a strange rod, obviously just won it, it is a swisher, looked down on by the majority who used roach poles. Short man with arms folded and standing to the fore is Fred Chapman (teller of tales and Club captain). This is not a standard club completion as all prizes for club comps were presented at the Annual Dinner and included medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each comp.
Young Diane Brayne amused members with her habit of holding a maggot between her lips whilst preparing her hook to receive it.
Bill Lammas October 2017
This images shows virtually the entire group of founder members of ACAS plus some guests to help pay for the coaches.
The outing, to Queen Adelaide on the Great Ouse beyond Ely on the road to Littleport, would have been a major trip. A coach outing was arranged every month discussed and decided on at the meeting a month before each outing.
A vote would have been taken involving all the members present, Juniors included. The L.A.A. held their Geen Cup and Plummer Sheild Match at Littleport each year. It was a very long journey for the Abbey Cross members and must have been agony for the rest of the L.A.A. membership for we were about the nearest to the Fens.
The coaches, Superior Coaches of Tottenham, were very basic, no heating or cooling, no radio, no driver address system and liable to need a push start at times. They had somewhere about 28 seats hence the 2 for about 40 anglers. In those days most members fished matches, attended the meetings and would go on the coach outings. In the close season a couple of sea fishing trips would be arranged but these were not quite as popular, usually one coach.
Notable members on the photo include - Harry Godfrey (1st sec) far left front row as we look at it, Arthur Tulley (2nd sec) far right front row, a story for another time, Reg Brayne (scales) 2nd right form the banner, Mick Brayne (probable 1st junior) looking over Regs’ shoulder.
Bill Lammas October 2017.