You meet more interesting people on the train.
This is 90 year old war veteran Ted Bullock who lit up our journey between York & Berwick.
With youthful energy he told us about building landing strips for Spitfires on Gold Beach after the Normandy landings. He’ll have told the stories before, obviously, but the way he told them made them sound fresh and gripping, none more so than his recollections of listening to Churchill’s ‘We will fight them on the beaches’ speech in a bombed out West Ham. Too young, but filled with hate, he signed up and went to war.
He got off at Berwick, his new home. It all sounds serious but he was mostly a man for joke filled tales of adventures and scrapes. A pleasure and privilege to have met him.
This is my good friend Ted.
Sadly he passed away towards the end of 2016 but his stories and memory will live on.
He really was a top bloke and is sorely missed, he used to love going out in my jeep.
Really decent of you to take the time to do a drawing of him.
Enjoyed reading this and love seeing your drawings Sandy.
Sarah, thanks, very kind of you. Sandy
with the added benefit that you could bring the bike…
Will have to try the train more Sandy!