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Thread #128093   Message #3540475
Posted By: GUEST,Malcolm Rushworth.
22-Jul-13 - 04:14 PM
Thread Name: Songs in English about the Spanish Civil War
Subject: RE: Songs in English about the Spanish Civil War
My Father, Jack Rushworth, born Oldham 1910 was a very good friend of Clem. Becket and raced with him at the area dirt track arenas, probably about 1925 or so. My dad was not so successfull, and had an underpowered bike. Some years later my Fathers family moved to Hull, and he worked with his Brother in Law at Fred Cook Transport (Hull) Ltd. In the early 1930's Clem arrived at our House in Hull, and asked my father to join him with his Wall of Death which he was going to set-up at Hull Fair a major fair, but as he was not a member of The Showman's Guild he couldn't get perm ission to erect his "wall" anywhere near the fair itself and eventually the project which he had seen when living in Sweden didn't create the income that was needed I have assumed. In about 1936 Clem called again (ususally in a GP racing Bugatti) and asked m y father to accompany him to Spain to be responsible for the ambulance fleet that The Unions and workers had made possible. Dad had, by them family responsibilities and declined. My father was forever upset about the death in Spain of Clem. but as with other things in his life he was very closed lipped in all the years I knew him - he died in 1977. I hope this is of interest, however I have no photos to offer. The family scrapbook went a long time ago. Malcolm Rushworth now 74 years.