Tales of the Riverman 49


Bennie Parsonage spent a lot of time dealing with lifebelts. He would retrieve them from the water and have them returned to empty stances. Bennie would advise the Council and give assistance to the Council worker who walked from Dalmarnock to the City Centre at least twice a week to replace the ‘belts. I have a lovely memory of my Dad sitting with “Bobby,” the lifebelt man, having a bottle of Coca Cola in the boatshed. On an aside, in those days there was no stopping for a cuppa tea or coffee as there was no running water at the boathouse; water (including toilets) did not come during Bennie’s lifetime, Bennie never had the luxury of running water, but that’s another story

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