The boatyard was handed over to Jimmy and Phyllis Brown’s son in law, Gordon & Curtis and his two sons, Ian and Patrick. Gordon Curtis sold oﬀ some of the ﬁrm’s boats and they can still be seen on many rivers, including the Thames. “Sadly some are rotting in the ﬁeld now”, said Maurice, his face clouding at the memory, “but I suppose that is progress”. His son said gently, “You, Dad, had the best days, you saw the end of the traditional Broads wooden boats”. Looking round their comfortable, beautifully – kept bungalow, full of photographs of the past, and seeing the care Cyril took of his father, I stepped outside, back into the late 1990s with real regret.
One of Maurices drawings