Living at Nains 1960 LLangoed
by Mike Turner
Well I think I met Washi Bach!
I was at Nain's with my brother and Mam from Feb 1960 until the following November, as I was under five I was yet to start at Glanrafon school.
One day I returned from another local adventure to see a man leaning against the wall of Penmarian
drinking tea from a teapot like a spaniard would drink from a pouron.
I was a little scared but was assured that this man of Anglesey would sing a hymn in return for a drink or bread....
Was this Washi Bach??????
Nice to hear from you.
I have met a man from Amlwch Port (Porth Amlwch) who remembers Washi Bach staying in the old Bluebell Inn
, which was a sort of staying place for tramps.
I have met people from Holyhead who also remember Washi Bach. The same goes for farms in the heart of Anglesey.
Have a look at some of the messages and added comments on the Washi Bach
page and you can read about my Mum's memories of him in Llynfaes. You can also find in there somewhere a view from Amlwch that identified him as probably a deckhand on the White Star liners.
Washi Bach had wanderlust probably born from mental illness brought on from some cause or other. Most tramps were damaged and lost souls.
Llangoed is a dead cert. There's a message from a lady from Malltraeth in the comments pages who remembers him singing for his supper, "Will you no come home again Kathleen'. She tells us that she was named after this memory.
Who'd have have thought that he lives on in so many memories.
Thanks for getting in touch. Feel free to share other memoroes about your childhood on Anglesey.
Where's Shaw, by the way?
Hwyl a nos da