Bill was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. He served in the army in Germany, Sudan and Korea from 1950 to 1955. He came to live in North Shields in 1955, married and moved to Cullercoats in 1957. Bill helps with fundraising for the RNLI and maintains contact with retired RNLI crew.
Bill was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 1 March 2006. The interview took place at Cullercoats Community Centre and lasted 9 minutes and 55 seconds.
"The bestseller? Well, if, come around November time, Christmas cards just now"
The bestseller? Well, if, come around November time, Christmas cards just now. We have quite good sales for the Christmas cards because somebody takes a photo down the bank to the lifeboat or something like that, and one of the local firms, canít recall their name just now, but they publish the card, some, another firm supplies the card for it and the envelopes, and we make quite a bit of money off that.
But thereís lots of things- children come in when they come down onto the beach and they buy things like little rubbers with lights on the end and pencil cases and little things to play in the bath with, diaries, stuff like that. Thereís quite an array of stuff in the shop.
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