Born in London in the late 40's, leaving school
as soon as he could aged 13.
Bob went on to do any job he could find
including two paper rounds, helping on Milk rounds, Saturdays in a
Greengrocers and Butchers shop.
First married at 19 he became the youngest
in a Milk yard, and was a Milkman on and off for 27 years.
Bob also had his own window cleaning business and a Cafe with his 2nd
Wife in the 80's.
During the 70's and 80's at the same time as
being a Milkman, he ran Music venues
such as the infamous 'Cellar Bar' at the Bull and Bush in Richmond,
'Jesters' at Kingston, was the entertainments Manager at 'The Bull' at
Sheen, returning to the 'Bull and Bush' then moving with the management to
'The Brown Bear' and later went back to 'The Bull' .
He then became involved in organizing security at
'Redline Rock Promotions' (Mr Nick London), the "Clarendon' at
Hammersmith, 'Sunset Club' Northend Road, The 'Red Lion' Brentford, the
'John Bull' Chiswick, and the 'Black Horse' at Richmond. Becoming
fed up with standing outside clubs in the cold, and 72 hour weekends
whilst still on the Milk round, he retired from Music
Venues. Bob had already decided to retire at age 50, and now disillusioned
with the UK he finally pulled the pin on both the Milk round and Security/Club
Bob retired to France in 2002 at 52, to Fish for
Carp, ride his bikes and
enjoy a less hectic way of life. In 2004 he met Jan, also English,
who owns and rides bikes herself and lived only 10 miles away from Bob. They now
live together at St Dizier Leyrenne.
Bob has led an interesting and varied life, so you will find he is quite a
Bob has fished for Carp for over 30 years throughout France,
Holland and the UK.
He first developed his passion for Carp angling
when he met Richie Macdonald, then a famous UK carp angler during the 70's.
After the notorious trip to Lake Cassien in France in 1985 with
Richie, where Johnny Allen caught the big 200lb catfish, Bob fished
for Carp in France extensively.
Click on Bobs Photo
to see his catches down the years
Later on, a friend of Bob's, Rod Hutchinson,
introduced him to the seclusion and joy of catching unknown fish on
the scenic River Lot in Southern France, this was long before the
River Lot became as
popular as it is today. It was there that the idea came to Bob that one day, he
would like his own property in France.
Bobs most memorable Fishing trips have
been to Cassien (3 times), St Croix, Salogou and the river Lot
(often), where he fished with Mick Hall and Didier Coton. At
the Twente canal at Hengelo in Holland he caught a 31lb Common, on a
trip with Big
John Bevin & Stevie Kerr.
His final decision to move from the UK was
during one stint as a lake bailiff for an acquaintance in Kent,
England, where he witnessed for two whole days and nights, one fisherman bivvied up behind
another, who was already fishing, awaiting his turn for the swim! After having seen this, he realized
England was sadly no longer the anglers paradise it had been.
In 2002, he purchased a cheap
rundown three bedroom property in
St Dizier Leyrenne in
La Creuse and developed it into both a home and
aimed at visiting Carp Anglers and
Bikers which since June 2009 is for sale as a private family property
Bob quickly developed a keen
interest in motorcycles at the age of 14 helped along by his own
fathers passion for two wheels.
In the 1960's Bob started off with Ariel
'Arrows", and cleaned the Bikes at 'Monty and Wards' Twickenham. He
then moved onto 650 BSA's, dabbled with Truimphs until 1972 when he
bought a 750 Trident, blew it up at the 'Santa Pod' strip. He met up
with Tom Quinn from 'Daytona Motorcycles' who turned Bob onto
Kawasakis which he took Drag racing.
He went through a number of
900's 1000's and 1300's whilst all this time he tuned and built
bikes. In 1977 he bought one of only 3 made of 'Jubilee' Z1000's,
the engine built by Pops Yoshimura in California, assembled by 'Godfreys'
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May 27th 1978 saw Bob in Hospital for
nearly 5 weeks after hitting a roundabout at a speed in excess of
100mph. He sustained 14 Fractures to his face, both collar bones,
left shoulder, right wrist, and left Knee. This accident made Bob
decide to stop drinking altogether, and he still will not touch
Throughout his biking history Bob was
involved with various bike 'Clubs'. The '59' club and the infamous
Richmond Club during the 70's to mention a few.
Over the years Bob worked for several
motorcycle custom builders including Leon Wallace Customs eventually starting up his own business 'Builder's Of Bikes'
HARDY SPLIT CANE ROD
Bob has a Hardy Mitre 'wondrex'
Super float Rod for sale. Made in England it is an 11' split cane
float rod which comes in 3 pieces. It can be
converted to a 6'9" Ledger Rod with the second top piece.
Reg No: 462199. Comes in its original Canvas case.
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