Looking Back - September 6 edition


n The focus of our photograph this week is Geoff Ginn, who is in the centre of the front row.

He was playing for this Royal Air Forces Association (Rugby) football team in 1948-49.

At the time of this was taken he would have been 37.

Geoff, who was a reargunner on a Lancaster during the war, was born in 1912 and died 25 years ago, but last month would have been his 100th birthday.

The picture was brought in by his son Robert, who remembers his father also ran a football team called the Corinthians in the early 1950s.

Geoff lived in Eastlands Place, although more people would have known him from his years of working in shops in Rugby.

Originally from Grimsby, after he was demobbed he ran a fish and chip shop at the Paddox, where part of Maddens is now.

He then worked in shoe shops, Dolcis in High Street and Lotus Delta in Regent Street before Knights gents outfitters and finally Greenwoods in the Clock Towers shopping centre.

Although he retired at 65 he missed work so much he soon went back and was still working at Greenwoods the day he died.

Those on the photograph are (back from left) Evans, Watson, Lloyd, Goodwin, Riley and Cox. (Front) C Gibbs, Hirons, Ginn, K Gibbs, Heaton.

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