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kelvin.perrett

On the buses

Hello
My name is Kelvin Perrett I left Abertillery when I was 9 years old. I was wondering if anyone can remember my father. He worked on the buses for quite a few years,firstly on Ralphs and then on Red & White.Some of the other drivers or conductors I remember my father mentioning were Bill (Lord Raglan) Smith,Ted Martin,Jack Eason there were others but my memory fails me.Perhaps some one will know of some others and be able to jog my memory.
We lived in Alexandra Road Six Bells at first then moved to Blaneau Gwent Rows. Moved to Cwmbran in 1956.

KELVIN
stoob

on the buses

Bill Smith is pictured in one of the Abertillery books alongside Billy Parfitt.
What's with the Lord Raglan ?
If you should run in to Terry ask him if he was nicknamed Spriggs and knocked around with Dai Holland and Gary Wilcox.
Exile

HI kelvin

  Just joined the site I remember a little about your father he worked with my father Ron Screen you must remember the trips to Barry the cricket matches Ralphs Xmas party when we were kids they were great times

Exile
Haydn

Hi Exile? or is it Ian?
you will remember me as Adrian but I havn't been known as that for 30 odd yers! Duw seems a long time since I heard Rons name mentioned...Most people will associate your dad with the Old Tylerians Club and of course my dad, Jack Eason,  considered him to be his best mate.
I have posted quite a lot of stuff on the site about the Ralphs and R&W days but perhaps the you didnt recognise my alias Smile
If your interested in hearing more about the intervening years let me know.
Shw mai
Exile

On the buses

Hi Adrian
Posted a reply on the Eason site ref Avril and photographs sorry not Ian like Avril he passed away a number of years ago also . I don't know if you realised but he lived in California all his adult life lovely family two girls like myself We miss him a lot .I am a little older than you sure though you will remember me

     Graham
dragongirl

Screen family

Hi Exile,
   I vaguely remember you and your brother, Was Terry Screen any
relation to you? I think he Powell street, I used to work in the Mill with Ruth and Jack knew your Mum and Dad quite well, Its a small world!!
Dragongirl
Haydn

Hi Dragongirl,
I know we have communicated a few times on the forum but this is the first time you have mentioned working at the mill? I thought I knew all the barmaids...some too well Smile When were you there...was mum still around? I tend to remember more by what was on the jukebox than anything else and perhaps a few of the more colourful patrons...like Gral Greaves et al. Sadly my memory is waning so names escape me but I find it theraputic to remember the 60's and 70's in the valley! Pm me if you prefer to stay a bit misterious!!
Exile

Screen family

Hi dragon girl
Thanks for the message yes Terry is my cousin not spoken to him recently he is still in Abertillery together with a few other Screens
Family.I also have other cousins from my mothers side in penny bont and Cwmtillery if they are out there namely Christopher Blake
And are reading this perhaps they would like to make contact and catch up also his sisters.
You mentioned Jack and Ruth and the rolling Mill those were the latter days of my life in Abertillery away working or studying as a child they were always aunty Ruth and Uncle Jack Ian was 13 years younger than me Mum and DAd were in the Old Tylerians in those
Days.Played Rugby for a little while with them.
Nowadays spend the winters in Crete and summers back in UK
Not a bad life
kelvin.perrett

On the buses

Hi Exile

I certainly remember the trips to Barry the Ralphs xmas parties and the cricket matches,dad also played cricket for the town team.
I remember most of dads colleagues by name only.
I have been trying to contact Bill Smiths son Terry who now lives in Cwmbran,he has quite a bit of memorabilia and he has a few old buses that he takes to shows.

Kelvin
pent boy

on the buses

Hi there exile, I have named quite a lot of old Ralphs and Red and White staff on here and on the Past and Present site but your dad is one that I hadnt recalled. As soon as I saw his name his face came straight to mind, wavy hair, glasses, slightly pointed features and always looked very studious. Something in the back of my mind is saying that he had something to do with concert parties and my mother was singing with them at one stage.
pent boy

post subject

Hi again exile, saw your name on another thread and you came straight to mind as well. Grammar school 50s, believe you were in the same year as my eldest brother, does "Spud" ring any bells.
Exile

On the buses Dodd

Hi pent boy
Yes dad was a singer but in latter years adjudicated talent competitions in clubs around South Wales actually adjudicated Tom Jones at theTop Hat before he was famous and Shirley Bassy at the Pelican club in Barry when she was only 16  amongst others
I was not at the grammar school but my cousin Gareth was. I actually attended the technical school had a great time there we had a great rugby team at the time winning the Dower shield and the  Gower cup in the same year my only flame to fame in the game.
Wonder if there are any of my team mates out there who might read this.One I remember was Scotty Robert Scott played hooker another Mike Grindle whom I am still in touch with another Paul watts from llanhileth. Our sports master of course was the great Ernie Lewis how could we have lost.Enough for now what school and when did you attend
pent boy

school team

Hello again exile, going by the names mentioned you were in the tech with my brother Darryll,. He was in the same side as those plus Glyn Turner and Graham "Gomer" Evans who both went on along with Mike Grindle to play for Ebbw Vale with great success. I was a couple of years older and also played for an undefeated under 15 grammar school team, beating a tech team with Arthur Lewis at outside half and Glanyrafon with Dai Watkins at outside half who both went on to captain their country and were British Lions. Incidently I scored winning tries in both games, the one against Glanyrafon in a cup final at Cwmcelyn so we both have something in common. Dont know if you would know any of our side but Dai Paul was captain and had a schoolboy cap that year. There were 2 very good centres inside me, Keith Jones and Mike Lewis and an excellent scrum half Tony Bull, to back it up we had a really strong pack of forwards led by Dai.
Exile

On the buses

Hi again pent boy
Don't recall all the names obviously David Watkins he was there and I played against him in that year we won the trophies Mike was a little younger but because of his talent he was allowed to play with the big boys his main attribute was he could run through their legs no different in later years but  I must say has been a good friend to me .
Would you mind me asking your age I will be 70 this year might help me to place things a little better were you on the school boy trip to Germany?
dixie

Exile wrote:
HI kelvin

  Just joined the site I remember a little about your father he worked with my father Ron Screen you must remember the trips to Barry the cricket matches Ralphs Xmas party when we were kids they were great times

Exile
Would Ron Screen be any relation to Gareth Screen?
pent boy

on the buses

Hi there exile, I was 71 in March so you would have played the year after me in an under 15 team.
Now for your query Terry, I cant bring your dad to mind but you didnt mention his christian name which might help me. Since you put this subject up I have given it a lot of thought and come up with lots of names from my time, 1962 untill the depot closed in 1967 if my memory serves me correctly. Well here goes !!!!!!!!!!
Bill and Kath Smith, Lena Smith ? from Attlee ave. Tom and Alice Davies, Maudie Howells,Eric Bridgeman, Ken Payne and mrs ? Payne, Tom and Muriel Jones, John and Val Evans, Tom and Bette Lewis, Albert and Cyril Kendrick, Mel and Bertha Kitchen, John and Eddie Roles, Bill Cecil, Jack Eason, Alf Gardner, Ivor Silk, Trevor Emanuel, Sam Thorn, Dai Ace, Eric Preston, Billy Bevan, Fred and Tony Haynes, Lou White, Charlie Smith, Reg Morgan, Jimmy Regan, Cliff Downey, Jack Hodges, Dolly Sweet, Betty Allen ,Bill Robbins, Jack Angrove, Ted Martin, Mervyn York, Len Hemms, Eddy Hughes my driver, Mel Winters, office staff Ivor Evans, Ivor Williams, Jimmy ?, and Keith ?.Tommy Tune, Mike Caldwell, Stan Deaton, Maldwyn Edwards, Jimmy Edwards, Byron Taylor, Garry Roach,Gary Hulme, Glynne Prosser, John Timmings, John Phillips,Jimmy Grubb, Dereck Mason, Terry Barry, Russ Shannahan, Ron Barton, Walter Saunders, Eddie and Alan Brooks, Jeff Smith, Jimmy Hancock, Alan Minchin, Roger Saunders, Mike Love, Joe Hayward, Dai " cowboy" Williams, Ken Overfield, Shirley and Mavis Strickland, me Gareth Preece, Ken ? from the cinema in Llanhilleth,Gwyn ? from near Bryngwyn school,Bill a cockney lived by Ralphs club, Morgan ? from Blaina,  Harold ? from Princess street Alf Gardners brother in law, and ? Prosser a very short driver. Phew, I honestly cant believe my memory is that good Smile
pent boy

on the buses

Two more names, obviously Ron Screen, and Gary Rees, whatever happened to him? I think he was originally from Cyril Place.
pent boy

on the buses

And come to think of it, Lenas name was also Rees I believe.
aber42

on the buses

Gary Rees did live at Cyril Place (no.11 if I remember rightly)
pent boy

post subject

Thanks Aber42, is he still about ?
aber42

sorry I have no idea where Gary Rees or his brother Clive are now
pent boy

post subject

Cheers Aber 42, will have to ask my old workmates next time Im in Abertillery. Last night Something reminded me of Bill the cockney's surname, it was Hubbard or Hubberd.
pent boy

Names

Keith the office clerk's surname is Hammond. Found it today on Aber past and present when I saw a photo of his wife Olwen, and someone put her name on there.
pent boy

Names

The old brain cells are still fine, from my list of names above Ken from LLanhilleth was Newcombe, it was little Howard Prosser, In the office it was Jimmy Lumas or Lumis. Some new names in the last couple of days are drivers Seth Sims from oak street ? and Richie Smith who was I believe from Blaina and married driver Bill Bevans daughter. Conductors are father and son Lionel and David Greenow, and two Six Bells men Tommy Gardener and Arthur Evans. Got to be close to a hundred remembered now Smile
stoob

on the buses

Pent,

Reading the London Gazette Archives on line, says that Ralphs Investment Company went into liquidation in 1941, assume it was kind of saving scheme for the workers ?
arethaire

On The Buses

Hi, I am the daughter of Eric Bridgman, who was mentioned in your list of names. He drove for Ralphs, Red & White, Jones, Henleys & the Tillery Court buses.

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