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Photo from family collection
Old Ben Lacey lived on a houseboat opposite Waldo Beales’ garage
John Beales and Pat Deane told the Hickling Local History Group a bit more about Ben Lacey.
John Beales said that old Ben Lacey - a 20 stone ex-navy man, and a good juggler - also lived here [on Staithe Road] for a while, but eventually he moved out and lived in a boat on the Staithe.
Pat Deane added:
“At the end of the Parish Staithe there was an old tarred boat about 14 feet long. It was on a grassy mound on the shore and inhabited by a retired seaman called Ben Lacy.
He lived there with his black and white mongrel called Popeye. He always wore rubber boots, a navy Guernsey and a cap. He smoked a clay pipe and walked with his stick to the garage to collect his daily paper.
Ben ended his days around 1944 and the old boat was burned.”