John Lindop OKS 1940 has been in touch recently to share a number of fascinating memories and experiences from his life. John was born in 1926 and grew up in Queen’s Park, Chester. Hope you enjoy this selection of photos and excerpts as much as we did! As always, if you’d like to share your stories with us, please get in touch by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
17 August 1945
“I was a radar op. aboard HMFDT 13 – as pix – a floating ops room en route to the Nov. invasion of Japan. We had reached Malta and were doing radar calibration trials when we got news re the atom bombs and later surrender. Lucky to be here!”
“Learning to fly at Liverpool airport c 1963, taxying behind Viscount which ran up its engines when to should not have done so. Loud crash, big pool of petrol, fastest exit ever and not a mark on me.”
“Here I am (pilot sits on left) somewhere North of Liverpool before the days of grey hair, specs and capped teeth. Those were the days.”
“In 1948 Bill Deane (right) and I founded the Chester Muzzle Loaders and here we are at the military range at Sealand wearing original Rifle Volunteer uniforms and holding original weapons.”
“Here’s me drifting sideways in my 1929 70 bhp JAP engined Morgan Brooklands racer. Held 42 World Records, Gold Star at Brooklands, 100 mph + totally dangerous in a 1929 car tho’ here to tell the tale! It is in the Brooklands Museum now.”
“About 1940 I heard, for the first time, jazz on the wireless and thought “that’s the music for me”
School, then straight into the RN so I couldn’t do much about it, then after demob, realising a shortage of brass bases, essential in New Orleans Jazz, I set about remedying the situation so purchased a Sousaphone and taught myself to play it.
Started jazz career (amateur) with the Wall City Jazz Band at Clemences (you will recognise some of these names) then moved to the Panama Jazz Band at Wallasey where I remained for several years, playing at The Cavern among other venues.
Picture is with the JZB at the Roycroft Dance Hall, Wallasey with me on Sousaphone c 1950 .
Eventually moved back to Chester with Mike McGowans Jazz Aces at Quaintways, then Embassy Stompers at the Pied Bull, then Freddy Rays Dixielanders at Little Budworth P’sh hall.
Time to call a halt, all this was not popular socially so I retired.”