Tales of the Riverman 42


In the next few issues of “Tales” I will tell some of the escapades of the first Parsonage “Bennie”.

It is 100 years since the Parsonage family took residence at the river, looking after the safety of people on the river and its surroundings and becoming the voice of the river. In 61 years a call for help never went unanswered, day or night. None of the family ever failed in a rescue attempt. In this period around 3,000 persons were rescued, though the exact number will never be known. Ben’s father, also Ben, a tube fitting maker had come up from England to work in the steelworks of Glasgow and married Annie Morrison. Ben was the eldest in a family of six.

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