Characters and Places from the past
.....memories of my youth !!



Person details

Full Name / Nickname
Bill Dykes
Date of Birth
Drury Street
Rodney Garlant said

Bill Dykes was my uncle, married to my mother's sister Gladys. Our
'yard' in Drury Street consisted of three dwellings. Dykes lived one
side, we lived the other side and Mr and Mrs Pattinson lived in
between. Bill Dykes was a Londoner. He joined the RAF and was
stationed at Digby Camp. There he met my aunt, Gladys Carr, who at
that time lived in a cottage opposite the Camp post office. They
married and moved to Drury Street where they lived for many years,
with my grandfather Charles Carr, before finally moving to Limetree
Avenue. During his service time he was a fine track athlete, I think
as a sprinter. After leaving the forces Bill worked until his
retirement as a buyer for British Crop Driers. He was probably best
known for being a long-time Secretary of Metheringham Football Club.
In those days, if Metheringham played a Cup Final at Sincil Bank a
fleet of buses were laid on for the supporters. Bill kept immaculate
records in exercise books and I remember fans calling at the house
begging him to get them on one of the buses. Don, his son, went on to
play for Lincoln City and there was no prouder father than Bill
watching from the stands.