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The Atomic Thumb - Handcross Bulldogs (2 of 7)
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The Atomic Thumb - Handcross Bulldogs (2 of 7)

In 1951 the Reveille newspaper (1940-1979) approached Jim Longhurst of the Handcross Bulldogs marbles team with the proposal to feature him in one of their editions. A reporter and photographer turned up at the Chequers pub in Slaugham one day and interviewed Jim and took many photographs with a camera with a high-speed shutter.
My grandfather’s claim to fame was that he could smash a pint glass with one flick of a marble. The picture above shows him in action with the glass shattered and the marble speeding away. Studying the proceedings closely were Frank Jeffery on the left and Fred Tayman on the right.
In marbling circles he was always known as The Atomic Thumb, and I believe that nickname was given to him by a newspaper reporter.
The Large Version shows a copy of the Reveille article.
Select Open Document to view another copy of the above photograph, Jim proudly showing his Atomic Thumb, smashing a dimpled pint glass, shooting at some marbles, and drinking a well-earned “pint of wallop”, as he called his preferred beverage.

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