It is with a heavy heart I have to report the death of yet another great Rye Character.
Councillor John Izod has been a great supporter of Rye and Rye’s Own over the years. He has provided the magazine with hundreds of drawings and cartoons and left a legacy of his own, very distinctive art work for future generations to enjoy.
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Times are changing – When “Rye’s Own” was first published 50 Years ago, there was no internet, no 24 Hour news programmes on television and local media was not even imagined in anyone’s wildest dreams.
Newsagents still sold vast amounts of newspapers and supermarkets were virtually non existent this side of the Atlantic. Retail Price Maintenance had only just been abolished (by just one vote in a free vote in Parliament) and local traders who had stuck rigidly to their own specific trades were still able to make a good living on the High Street, which had not yet felt the effect of the Supermarket explosion. This was made possible by the abolition of RPM, and would slowly change Britain from being a nation of small shopkeepers and turn it into a nation of ever larger and more powerful supermarket chains. Continue reading Rye’s Own Needs Help
“Rye’s Own” sadly reports the death of one of our oldest subscribers.
Eileen was born at Camberwell on 28th October, 1916. This was at the height of the First World war It was a sweet tooth that led to a sweetheart when Eileen and a friend were in a shop; they both thought that the toffee apples on display looked delicious, but were far too expensive. Ron Alstin overheard them and offered to buy one for Eileen, which was how they met.
Thinking about Ronnie Corbett I think his legacy could teach a lot of people today a thing or two about how to live their lives. Ronnie was never one to take offence when someone made fun of his height, indeed he often would go as far as to instigate a joke at his own expense. How gloriously liberating it must have been Continue reading Quotes From Newsfeeds Saturday 1 April 2016