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PhilipInCoventry
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346 of 352  Sun 12th Mar 2017 6:44pm  
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Hi all Wave I bought a couple of bikes off Mick Ives, when he had his shop in Coundon. A lovely guy.
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Midland Red
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347 of 352  Mon 20th Mar 2017 11:42am  
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On 10th Dec 2014 1:05pm, Midland Red said: An interesting addition has been made to our list of Famous Coventrians - David Spencer
On 10th Dec 2014 8:58pm, Garlands Joke Shop said: Hi Midland Red, you're observant, I only put it a couple of days ago Smile ; my Dad told me about him and showed me his grave in the old part of London Road Cemetery. Spencer was quite an amazing guy.
The plaque beneath this tree in Spencer Park reads: "THIS TREE WAS PLANTED IN 1928 TO THE MEMORY OF DAVID SPENCER A GENEROUS BENEFACTOR OF COVENTRY WHO PRESENTED THIS PARK TO THE CITY IN 1882 DAVID SPENCER BORN 1805 DIED 1888"
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Garlands Joke Shop
Coventry
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348 of 352  Tue 21st Mar 2017 6:18pm  
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It really shows how well loved the philanthropist David Spencer was, that a tree was planted and a plaque made 40 years after Mr Spencer had passed away.
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Osmiroid
UK
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349 of 352  Fri 7th Apr 2017 9:46pm  
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Loen Love, born and raised in Coventry
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Derek Skelcher
Bristol
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350 of 352  Fri 26th May 2017 5:15pm  
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Who remembers Billie Whitelaw? I first, knowingly, became aware of her from her screen appearances, but her presence in my life began to grow and grow from 1950 onwards. The guy I shared a bed space with at RAF Innsworth and who came from Bradford always boasted that his claim to fame was that he had slept with Billie Whitelaw! Which indeed was true. When her family moved to Bradford from Coventry they lived next door and during air raids he and her were put in the same bed! I next began to hear more of her from people I later worked with at GEC Telephone Works. where had her father before their move to Bradford. Next I saw an article on the Internet about Stoke National School, in which I was mentioned, and discovered that she had been in the same class as me in 1935. So being moved to find out more I read her autobiography, "Billie Whitelaw, Who he?". Discovered that not only was she born in the next street but her best friend was also a friend of mine, whose father worked for my father at the Humber; that we were both at the same performance of "Dick Whittington", the very last panto at the old Coventry Hippodrome, before it was pulled down, what's more we were both turned on to the theatre by the performance; she going on to be a star, while I languished as an amateur for 65 years. Where did I go wrong?
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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351 of 352  Sun 25th Jun 2017 8:52am  
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John Joseph Ward has been added to our list of Famous Coventrians" Thumbs up Thanks to Robthu for the heads up Wave
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Midland Red
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352 of 352  Sun 17th Sep 2017 11:11am  
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Latest additions (thanks to Robthu Thumbs up): Mary Eaves, Thomas Sharp, William George Fretton
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