Record crowd for Ken’s last ‘Under Shady Tree’ talk

Ken Gollop (third from right) pictured with volunteers from Lyme Regis Museum

LYME Regis resident Ken Gollop attracted a record crowd to the Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis for the last of his nostalgic ‘Tales From Under Shady Tree’ talks.

Having started the talks in the 1990s, they have become a popular annual event with local residents keen to look back over photos of days gone by and listen to Ken’s informative and humorous anecdotes.

His final talk was originally supposed to take place in March but was called off twice due to snow, and was finally held on Sunday, March 18 when a record audience of 250 packed the Woodmead Halls.

Ken spoke about how he developed an interest in local history and covered topics such as housing developments, road accidents, policing and pubs with his collection of photos, as well as sharing several of Shady Tree itself – a popular meeting point for young people, cut down to make way for the Anning Road estate in the 1950s.

The event raised funds for Lyme Regis Museum.

Ken would like to thank his family and all those who attended and helped him with the organisation of his talk.

Woodmead Halls

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