Greatest Living Ryer

Arthur Woodgate is 99 By

Jim Hollands

Arthur Woodgate has been writing articles recording his memories of Rye for many years. His recollections and deductions have appeared consistently in “Rye’s Own” over the past dozen years and in other Rye publications previous to that.

Last month he had his 99th. Birthday and over 60 family and friends descended on the Rye Memorial Hospital to wish Arthur all the very best. Arthur is a permanent in patient at the Hospital and is always pleased to see any of his old friends or readers of his articles in the Magazine.

Arthur, who was educated in Rye, was a bricklayer by trade and a staunch Union man, obtaining better pay and conditions for local members in the years leading up to World War Two.

After the War he became a magistrate and served on the bench at the Rye sessions for many years. After the death of his wife, Arthur cared for himself but when he became ill several years ago he sold his bungalow and now lives permanently at Rye Hospital.

From the November 2012

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