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Strawberries and Cream (and fish…)

Hello and Happy Friday from the research room at CHAC!


This week our Friday blog is swapping out the fish for a bowl of strawberries and cream as it’s that exciting time of year again….WIMBLEDON! (yay!)


However, not to fear fish fans, we have still managed to find a suitably tennis themed item from our Fish and Chip shop archive to share with you all this week as it would appear there just isn’t anything our Mr Thorpe didn’t get up to! Alongside running his hugely successful shop in Yeovil it seems that Mr Thorpe liked to indulge in a spot of tennis on his days off. Whilst it’s unlikely he was Yeovil’s answer to Andy Murray, he may have taken after Russia’s Marat Safin, as we have in the collection a receipt for the repair of one racket in 1930. Perhaps it was an accident but who knows for sure…

Thorpe Racket for Blog654

 Fun Friday Fact:  Safin claims to have broken 1055 rackets throughout his career!!


Fish, Chips and Charity at 28 Sherborne Road

Is it really time for another Fish Friday again already!? This week at CHAC due to the popularity of the #nomakeup “selfies” that have been going around for Cancer Research this week and all of the great efforts for Sports Relief, we’ve been thinking about charitable giving. It would seem that Mr Thorpe, our fish and chip shop owner, was too a charitable man. This week we are showcasing a decorative certificate awarded to Mr Thorpe from Dr Barnardos Homes dated New Years Eve 1931 for a donation of £1 to the charities “food fund”.

We think that’s quite generous considering £1 works out to roughly £30 pounds! We’re feeling quite inspired by Mr Thorpe!