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 Long guns and tall tales. L-R Bob South, who killed nine Brent geese with one shot from a single 12-bore; 'Admiral' Bill Wyatt, aged eighty-one and still gunning, Ted Milgate and a visitor (Wentworth Day ?), at 'Mrs Hone's' on Mersea Island.

Mrs Winifred Hone behind the bar. Known as the Soc'n Sail, the Social and Sailing Club, it was later the Willow Lodge and is now [2018] the The Coast ...
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Long guns and tall tales. L-R Bob South, who killed nine Brent geese with one shot from a single 12-bore; 'Admiral' Bill Wyatt, aged eighty-one and still gunning, Ted Milgate and a visitor (Wentworth Day ?), at 'Mrs Hone's' on Mersea Island.
Mrs Winifred Hone behind the bar. Known as the Soc'n Sail, the Social and Sailing Club, it was later the Willow Lodge and is now [2018] the The Coast Inn.
Ted Milgate was John's father. John says that they plucked the goose by the gate of a nearby house. Unfortunately, some geese has been going missing on the island. When they saw the feathers by the gate, they assumed the owner of the house was responsible for taking the geese.

In Farming Adventure, Wentworth Day says Bill Wyatt is the commodore of the club. On page 48, he writes of Bill Wyatt:
"Beer's my hobby time I'm indoors. Gimme a gun when I'm in Gawd's fresh air, an me owd pint pot time I set here."
"I've drunk a masterful greet owd lot of beer in me time. Now I'm seventy seven an' can still make a hole in the barrel."


Photo: John Leather Collection
Image ID BOX004_023_001
Category 1 Mersea-->Pubs


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