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sandylane

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1 of 367  Wed 13th Jul 2011 1:59pm  
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Was Frank Ifield a milkman in "Cov" before he became famous?? Or was it another famous Coventry name?
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dutchman
Spon End
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2 of 367  Wed 13th Jul 2011 2:03pm  
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Almost. He left Coventry when he was nine and became a dairyman in Australia. Claims he listened to hillbilly music while milking the cows!
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Midland Red

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3 of 367  Mon 18th Jul 2011 5:42pm  
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Photos from C&NW yesterday Ian Bell Ian Bell in action Steve Ogrizovic in action
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JohnnieWalker
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 367  Wed 14th Sep 2011 9:03am  
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We have a "Famous Visitors" topic. Who do we know who has made Coventry proud? Milkman Frank Ifield comes to mind, but it would be good to create a complete role of honour. Cheers
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mayjan
Green Lane,Coventry
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5 of 367  Wed 14th Sep 2011 9:24am  
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Hi Johnnie, the first names to spring to my mind are Jimmy Hill and Pete Waterman. In the 60s, when I worked in Sketchley Dry Cleaners, in Far Gosford St, Jimmy Hill would come into the shop, I always found him to be very polite and friendly. I think at that time he lived on the Binley Rd and then he moved to Beechwood Avenue on the site Cheers where the Farmhouse Restaurant is now situated. Pete Waterman of course went to dear old Freddies and one of my brothers was in his class. I'm sure there are many more successful Coventrians but these were the two I first thought of. Cheers Lol
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Gilly
Melbourne Australia
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6 of 367  Wed 14th Sep 2011 9:44am  
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Just read today in my local paper here in Melbourne Australia that 'Our Frank Ifield' will be singing with a seniors choir (aged from 64-92 years young)at a girls grammar school in a place called Bendigo (2 hours drive from Melbourne),to celebrate seniors week on October 5th. Bookings essential! Gilly Wave
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Elaine
Coventry
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7 of 367  Wed 14th Sep 2011 9:46am  
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I will add The Specials, Selector and Fun Boy Three to the list along with Hazel O'Connor.
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Midland Red

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8 of 367  Wed 14th Sep 2011 12:27pm  
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and not forgetting . . . . .
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TonyS
Coventry
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9 of 367  Wed 14th Sep 2011 2:55pm  
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How about Sir Henry Parkes - five times premier of New South Wales in Australia and became known as the "Father of Federation"? Sadly the school in Canley named after him no longer exists - but a star in Coventrys "Walk of Fame" was added a few years ago.
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Midland Red

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10 of 367  Wed 14th Sep 2011 3:17pm  
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On 14th Sep 2011 9:24am, mayjan said: Hi Johnnie, the first names to spring to my mind are Jimmy Hill and Pete Waterman.
Jimmy Hill is not a Coventrian!
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mayjan
Green Lane,Coventry
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11 of 367  Wed 14th Sep 2011 4:06pm  
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Hi Midland Red, of course Jimmy Hill was born in London therefore is not a Coventrian. He did however do an awful lot to put the Sky Blues on the map so I think he deserves a mention! Cheers Wink
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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12 of 367  Wed 14th Sep 2011 5:09pm  
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What about Basil Heatley? I know he was born in Kenilworth, but he was our Milkman, when I lived in Sewall Highway. I used to see him hurdling over garden gates, carrying milk bottles too. I can't remember him dropping any. Wave Cheers
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Midland Red

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13 of 367  Wed 14th Sep 2011 9:59pm  
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Not a Coventrian then, Philip !
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JohnnieWalker
Canberra, Australia
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14 of 367  Thu 15th Sep 2011 2:01am  
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Coventry Godiva - with whom I competed between about 1960 and 1967 - produced some fantastic athletes back then. I competed with people like Basil Heatley, Brian Kilby, Bill Adcocks, Juan and Dick Taylor, and a very precocious David Moorcroft. On the ladies side there was Sheila Taylor. I think all these made it to the Olympics, but - needless to say, I didn't. Coventry Rugby is best known in this part of the world (Australia) for David Duckham, who I managed to successfully tackle once, and is well remembered for his speed on the wing - particularly in these days when England's boring rugby team has to dress like "Fake Blacks" to be taken seriously! And who was the Olympic (?) cyclist who had a shop in Far Gosford St? The Coventry City Council has a newish-looking website devoted to Coventry's Olympians - http://london2012.cswp.org.uk/hall-of-fame. But there's a broader list at http://www.itsallaboutcoventry.co.uk/feature-100-famous-coventry-people.shtml, with people like actress Ellen Terry, politician Mo Mowlam, and even Lieutenant Pigeon and the "Cat Bin Lady" getting a mention. Apart from Lady Godiva - described as a "naked noblewoman" - there are few really historic figures, most being from the 1950s onward. People that I've heard of - James Starley, for example - don't rate a mention (although his nephew John does!). There is also a useful list at http://www.activcoventry.com/community/Content/FAMOUSCOVENTRIANS-561.html. But we ought to be able to do better than these.
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dutchman
Spon End
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15 of 367  Thu 15th Sep 2011 3:02am  
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On 15th Sep 2011 2:01am, JohnnieWalker said: And who was the Olympic (?) cyclist who had a shop in Far Gosford St?
Tom Bromwich?
On 15th Sep 2011 2:01am, JohnnieWalker said: People that I've heard of - James Starley, for example - don't rate a mention (although his nephew John does!).
John Kemp Starley (inventor of the modern bicycle) was originally from Essex although he once lived a couple of streets from where I do now in Spon End.
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