Living In Benllech As A Child In The 50s And Washi Bach

by Alan Gardner
(Ljusterö, Sweden)

I lived in Benllech during the summers as a child,1950's into the sixties and stayed with the Fairhursts at the sea shell.


Aunty Peggy used to talk about Washi Bach and his wanderings, I remember him fleetingly.

What happened to Dick Keeper who lived in a house made from an upturned boat in a disused garden off Beach Rd?

Best wishes

Alan
(Sweden)

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Feb 04, 2018
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Seashell Cafe
by: Anonymous

My auntie used to own the café. I stayed there a few times everyone used to come for home made scones and to see the myna bird who lived in the café.

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Sea Shell Cafe
by: Anonymous

Hello Wil

I too have some wonderfull happy memories of the Sea Shell cafe & Old Boat House, as I actualy lived in the downstairs part of the old boat in the summer months for circa 10 years or so from 1977. My family also operated the Wendon Cafe just around the corner.



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Benllech.
by: Anonymous

My Mum used to call him Dick the boat.

May 28, 2012
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Benllech and My Youth
by: Alan Gardner

Thank you William,

Your pages are the nearest I’ve come to a local history section, as found in most libraries in the UK. So I'm thankful to you for that.

One other fact concerning Washi Bach. He was going around to people for food, on an almost daily basis.

There was a garage with a café on the road into Benllech coming from the bridge - on the right hand side. Don’t remember who owned it but we came there often to get a bite to eat at the back door.

It wouldn't have mattered if he'd come through the front door, but like you say Washi Bach was a very private man.

We used to live in the place, there was a juke box, so a lot of kids from the village went there to meet each other everyday.

The tourists stopped to get gas but seldom to eat. So we kept the place going.

Regards Alan in Sweden.

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