11THE ICONS WHO LIVED IN THE DOWLAIS AREA, NO OFFENCE INTENDED. TEACHER BESSY,REG THE PAPERMAN,THE LES BROs,MARY BOOT,AGGIE SCRATCH,LINDSEY BARRLOW,CAN ANYBODY REMEMBER ANY MORE? YES REGGIE SPIT DOPEY1
Yeh, I remember Teacher Bessie, bit of a character in those days, and Reggie Spit rings a bell, anyone remember Tommy Butch (the butcher) and his brother Maldwin, Mrs. Salter from Wind Street, Reeves the Dentist, Sol the market, he used to sell wallpaper, there must be loads more.
What about Johnny Dunnovan? He was a local homeless Character who'd you find sleeping anywhere! he was also the unofficial mascot For Merthyr Town football club and would turn up at games in a top hat and tails!!
Reggie spit lived in the first house in Gwealodygarth next to the hospital boiler house, he was a harmless character, his name was Reggie Jones As for him being shell shocked he was not old enough to have been in the war so I dont know where that came from,
i lived in dowlais flats and teacher bessie lived on the high street, always saw him with his makeup and handbag but we never took any notice will you dont when you are 4 or5 years old, and the shop wasnt that the street next to the pub up the top of high street on the way to the labour club?
Post by malcolmjones on May 14, 2009 13:51:06 GMT 1
Walter Street lead to the Labour club and there was a sweet shop opposite the Carmarthen Arms (a little lower down) run by an elderley lady (in the 1960s) called Doris. Does anyone remember the name of the chapel at the end of the street - opposite James the ironmonger?
reggie (spit) jones , i remember very well , as a young galon uchaf boy together with my mates we poked what we thought was a lot of harmless fun at poor old reg , not acceptable today , reg lived with his mother and his dog ,a small brown mongrel , they lived at 17/2cnd av galon uchaf .
I remember Reggie (Spit) as I grew up on the Gurnos the kids used to rag him a bit but I never saw him lose his temper. He ended his days quite happily in the Gurnos old people’s home along with another old character George (Onions) Conway. Now George was another kettle of fish if he caught hold of you would have a clip across around the head of whack on the back if he had a stick.
What about Segerson the Echo seller on Burton’s corner (Not Billy sticks) you could hear him calling up and down the High St shouting Echo, Echo which sounded like Egg cup, Egg Cup.