The last original Fisherman of Leigh has died at the age of 93

Ken Dolby was born in Leigh in 1927, and fished in his boat Britannia 2, LO199 for the greater part of his life. He was a member of a well-established fishing family of the same name, which has plied their trade in the Thames waters from Leigh for over 300 years. Wendy Noakes, his daughter, explains: “Our first known relative was Samuel Dolby, born in Leigh in 1797, and records show his son, Samuel born in 1821 was also a fisherman.” After that, each generation of Dolbys fished, leading to Ken’s father’s Alfred Moore Dolby, who was born in a cottage behind what was the original Bell Hotel. Ken Dolby was born in 22 Leigh Ville Grove, and started out on the boats with his father when he was 14. >click to read< 10:04

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