The picture below was supplied by John Dickens. It shows members of Benfleet Yacht Club and families after the Commodore’s tea party.
The photo was taken on the deck of the club ship which was an old lightship. The lightship is about 150 years old and is now being used as a restaurant on the River Medway in Kent.
The photo is thought to have been taken in 1949 or 1950. In the background can be seen the old footbridge over the railway line at Benfleet station.
Amongst those in the photo are the following:
Stan Fisher, his wife Flossie and her mother Nanna Haynes.
John Dickens, his mother, his sister Leslie and his brother Andrew.
Robert Underwood and Gail Underwood.
Dougie Welsh and Mrs Welsh.
Mickey Cross and Stan Cross.
Brothers Brian and Peter Castle.