Cyril Tawney (1930-2005)
Palmer, Roy, Folk Music Journal
'The brother, son, grandson, and great-grandson of navy men, Cyril Tawney was born at Gosport on 12 October 1930. By the age of nine, thanks to Sunday evening strolls with his father, 'a true denizen of Old Portsmouth', he was steeped in local lore: 'I would jeer with derision at the historical inaccuracy of the famous painting of Nelson's last departure down the steps of Sally Port. Any Pomponian knew that the great man actually made a "pop star" exit out the back of the George Hotel and cut across to a waiting boat on Southsea Common. I knew that Ratsey's had made the Victory's sails and the local rumour held that their loft contained what was left of the mainsail.' With such a …
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Publication information: Article title: Cyril Tawney (1930-2005). Contributors: Palmer, Roy - Author. Journal title: Folk Music Journal. Volume: 9. Issue: 1 Publication date: Annual 2006. Page number: 141+. © English Folk Dance and Song Society 2009. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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