Remember the works of Shakespeare?
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MANY people in Tewkesbury will remember the International Marina Works, known locally as Shakespeare's Boatyard, which was found at the end of Smith's Lane.
The owner was Bill Shakespeare, who raced powerboats from 1960 until 1971, when he was killed on Lake Windermere in practice for the Windermere Grand Prix.
The year before he set the class world speed record of 104 mph (90 knots) in a boat of his own manufacture.
Tewkesbury-built Shakespeare speed boats are considered classics to this day and still command high prices when they occasionally come on the market.
THANKS to David Burke who emailed this atmospheric picture of the Promenade under snow. David, who was a pupil at the boys' grammar school in the High Street, took the photo in the harsh winter of 1962/63 around Christmas time.
You can see the festive stars suspended outside what was then the Gloucestershire Dairy Company café on the first floor.
Many will remember the shop next door. Will R Rose sold all things photographic.
LOOK closely at David Burke's photo of the Promenade under snow, left, and to the side of the Gloucestershire Dairy Company you may be able to make out a milk machine – see also inset.
Blue in colour, large in stature, with an illuminated glass panel at the front, these mechanised vendors delivered pintas in waxed paper cartons in return for a sixpenny coin dropped in the slot.
The machines were made at Hucclecote by a subsidiary of the Gloster Aircraft Company – a product of post-war diversification.
DAVID Hambling writes: "With regard your article on the Regal/ABC cinema – pictured. From 1955 to 1960 I went to the Saturday morning kiddies' club, becoming one of the monitors.
"I sold the clip-on badges to the kids as they came in, for three old pence.
"I often visited the projection room and at times I would take my life in my hands and sit on the big banister rail at the top of the stairs and slide down to the bottom.
"When I left school at 15 I become a film projectionist at the Essoldo cinema in the lower High Street.
"I was watching a film at the ABC in 1963 when it was announced that President Kennedy had been shot, so the Regal/ABC will not be forgotten by me."