So You Think You Know ……? John Van-Eyk
Last month I had a memorable week in Holland along with over a hundred of my 12 year old children (remember I’m a teacher, not a record breaker). So when I noticed one of our observers was called John Van-Eyk, I decided to see if there was any connection. John, 60, was indeed born in The Netherlands (irresistible teacher moment…you will be interested to know that Holland is only a district of “The Netherlands” comprising just two provinces of the country). He still visits family living over there, but moved to the Colchester area when he was about 3 years old. John’s father was Dutch, so he does know a few words of the language but isn’t fluent in his native tongue. In fact John has lived most of his life in the Colchester area and shortly after leaving school became a painter and decorator. It has been his livelihood ever since and remains his trade to this day. John’s the boss as he works for himself and has most recently been happy to take contracts working in Newmarket and Stowmarket, part of our own sunny Suffolk. The SAM Observer July 2008
The Jully 2008 edition of "The SAM Observer" magazine.