FLASHBACK to July 13, 1959:
Lt Commander W.G Boaks setting off from Marble Arch by roller skates, in a race to mark the 50th anniversary of Louis Bleriot’s cross channel flight, using any kind of transport.
PS: Sources tell us that it was a pleasant 22 degrees that day, and Lt Commander Boakes was considered by many to have embarked on his ‘skate underdressed, although compensating for his lack of overcoat and umbrella by tucking his wool vest smartly into his Y-fronts (the true sign of a trustworthy sort).
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