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volvojack
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farbank wrote:
Mon 20 Aug, 2007 8:00 pm
Hi Stevief,The flower seller on Lands Lane was called Kenny Dobson. And he also stood outside St. James Hospital for many years. He lived for along time on St.Wilfrids Grove. And moved there in the 'Bank ' clearances in 1937. [They actually started clearing the Bank in 1935.But the St.Wilfrids scheme wasn,t completed until 37.].First hand knowledge. I was part of it all with my own family. We lived in Hugo St.

I knew Kenny Dobson he sold flowers in Briggate outside Boots Chemists and as a coincidence his father used to sell flowers outside Boots when they were on the corner of King Edward St. and Briggate. Kenny only sold flowers outside the Hospital if he had any stock (ie rain etc) He used to drink in the Fisherman's Hut on East Street.

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LS13 wrote:
Sat 20 Oct, 2007 5:10 pm
Hi i would like to know as much as possible about Harry Bendon. He was my Grandad and i never got to meet him due to my dad (his son peter) divorced my mother and i never saw him again after that. The only information i have of him is that he died in july 1994 aged 73 in Bradford, if anyone knows what links he had there, it would be helpful, my cousins in Leeds had the privlidge of knowing him. See my post above. I know my dad worked with him cleaning windows in Leeds in late 1940's/early 1950's. I believe he worked fro Frank Stubleys cleaning company. Also, he was a club 'turn' in those days. Maybe try posting on the 'pubs' section, see if any old timers remember him?

Harry Bendon had a brother Archie and they worked as a double act on the club circuit. They were both fine singers only Harry was also a comedian ( he could be quite rude on stage) at that time. He worked as a window cleaner for Frank Stubley who seemed to have the window cleaning contract for most of the town shops in the 60s They only used short ladders for the jobs and all though the story of Harry putting his ladder against Tram / Bus windows and chatting was just something that was bandied about. He played the Accordian very well and always went to Aintree for the Grand National meeting where he would earn plenty. sadly most of it went on drink. My brother ran a small Variety Agency and used to put Harry in at various venues as a support act to some name acts. When Harry was on the downward path i recall my brother asking me to give him a lift to Quarry Hill Flats where we found Harry's flat and knocked on the door "Come in Mucker" and when we did there was Harry sitting in a deck chair, feet up on the fireplace and eating potatoes out of a large pan. his wife was long gone and had taken the furniture with her ( that was Harry's version) There was a settee in the room with a fellow sleeping and snoring "That's Scotch Bobby old lad had nowhere to kip"said Harry. He also drank at lunchtimes in the Golden Cock and the Brougham Arms (later to be The Duck and Drake" with all the Barrow boy's. Sadly in later years he became more and more of a down and out sitting on the Corn Exchange steps. Someone stole his Accordian and although we had a collection in the Beech pub Tong Road for another one that also soon disappeared.

He was one of the funniest people i have met.
As a boy soprano he topped the bill at the Glasgow Empire There is more about Harry and a Photo of him somewhere on Sexret Leeds.

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