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