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Helen F
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46 of 57  Sat 2nd Feb 2019 2:23pm  
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Heathite, thanks for that. You can see the shiny patches and whole roofs where they've had to replace the old tiles around the area of the bomb.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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47 of 57  Sun 3rd Feb 2019 2:03am  
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As sad as it may seem, this thread has been very controversial and all you Sherlocks on here seem to have cracked the mystery so thank you unless of course there is still more digging to do. Keep up the excellent work. They say a picture paints a thousand words well this one has. Thumbs up
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Heathite
Coventry
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48 of 57  Sun 3rd Feb 2019 8:51am  
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A little bit more showing the probable location and a new shiny roof. The pub must have taken a direct hit and the rescuers appear to be standing in the remains of the pub.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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49 of 57  Sun 3rd Feb 2019 10:17am  
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Helen That you cracked the location is marvellous, but the actual photo must have been taken in July 1945 as Annewiggy said, and long after the raid as Argon said, and it's a summer picture on a winter scene of an old bombed building. I now think it would be bodies come to light after being entombed for five years. The reason I didn't remember the photo was that I was not in Coventry in July '45. There was a little dog seen with a child's arm in its mouth, someone took a photo and was attacked by people, the camera and its contents destroyed, all while bombs were falling. It was a time of deep imprint on the mind.
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argon
new milton
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50 of 57  Wed 6th Feb 2019 9:48pm  
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Helen, Just found a newspaper article from 1945 stating that Mr Potter, previously from the Plough Hotel, had recently died. It continues saying that the hotel was destroyed in the raids of April 1941. Mr Potter was sponsor of a motoring trophy for the club associated with the hotel.
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Helen F
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51 of 57  Thu 7th Feb 2019 5:26pm  
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Thank you argon. The poor soul lost everything.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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52 of 57  Sun 10th Feb 2019 11:39am  
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To me the Germans knew exactly what damage they did in Nov '40, so they moved a little to the left, coming from the south west and an outer ring in April with their bomb load, caught Spon St and the top of Stoney Stanton Rd and the hospital etc.
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Inyoni
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53 of 57  Tue 6th Aug 2019 10:13pm  
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Was it not Gilly Potter that always started his patter with "This is Gilly Potter speaking to you in English"? I vaguely recall he continued with a Gobbledygook English as she is speak type gargon. Such a long time ago now I’m probably talking about someone else.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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54 of 57  Wed 7th Aug 2019 11:36am  
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Gilly Potter was a Coventry comedian in the thirties/forties, wasn't his real name, but can't remember much about him. He was on radio?
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Annewiggy
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55 of 57  Wed 7th Aug 2019 12:07pm  
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This is how he was listed in a 1942 newspaper Another Gillie Potter programme from the Hogsnorton Station will be broadcast "on a wavelength of one gasmeter“ at 8.15 in the Forces programme to-night. He seems to have been going through the 1930’s as well as a comedian. He was born Hugh William Peel, in Bedford
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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56 of 57  Wed 7th Aug 2019 1:13pm  
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Wikipedia link - Gillie Potter Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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57 of 57  Wed 7th Aug 2019 5:31pm  
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Yeh, we didn't listen to a lotta potta, he bored us to tears - we turned to George Formby who became top comedian.
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