The Slaugham Archive
Judith Gordon Year: 1985 Villages: HandcrossRon Edwards in the Fountain Inn, Handcross
The photograph is of Ron Edwards, a local personality and patron of the Fountain Inn, where he also played darts. He did not have far to walk to the pub as he lived in 2, Council Cottages opposite the entrance to the recreation ground.
He worked on the roads firstly for ESCC until the boundary changes in 1983 when his employer became WSCC. Initially he was a lengthsman covering Pease Pottage and Handcross until the scheme was dissolved. Joe Sayers was lengthsman for Staplefield.
Ron then joined a maintenance gang with Mick Hartfield working mainly on the A23 from Pease Pottage to the Brighton urban area.
Ron was then promoted to foreman in charge of his own gang whose primary duty was the patching of local highways.
Ron was born in 1925 and died on 13th December 2000, aged 75. He served in the Royal Navy during WWII.
He married Win in 1952 and they had two daughters Sheila and Maureen.
Behind the image he was an extremely knowledgeable and intelligent man and could hold his own on any topic which cropped up.
Picture added on 17 August 2015 at 20:01
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