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16/05/2018

Ian T Frankland, RIP.

The older we get the more we see our peers pass away. Last week I learned of two close friends who had passed away, writes Norrie Kerr.

I suppose at my age, getting on for 72, it’s inevitable that my peers, older friends, neighbours, leave this life. Not the case, though, with Ian Frankland (pictured - credit Sticky). Ian was one of the two "Terrible Taffs"! Ian was the last remaining Frankland brother, after Terry's passing a number of years ago.

My first recollection of the Franklands was staying over at the family home, where mum Frankland moved out of her room to free up a bed. Such was the kindness shown to a passing Scot, we became good friends. All we had in common was our interest in scooters and scooter sport. Ian was working at R J Wares, and Terry was helping out there too, albeit Terry had his own job repairing vans and trucks. I reciprocated when they came to Scotland, putting them up for a night in Glasgow. What a great pair of guys.

Later in life we became competitors, on the track and in business. We had our differences but we remained friends. So it was with much sadness that I learned of Ian's passing. A younger man than myself, it brought home to me how even more sad it was to lose Ian to cancer.

Ian excelled at helping people, and passing on tips and ideas to all and sundry. He was an innovator, someone who could see the end product before he had started to build it.

We were team mates in LLRT [Leicester Lambretta Racing Team] in those halcyon days of the 70s and 80s. It was all great fun, brought down to earth with the passing of time.

Ian has gone, but along with Terry, he will not be forgotten. RIP chum!

Gus Sutton RIP.

Those of us old enough to remember the swinging sixties will fondly remember their local scooter dealer.

One particular Vespa dealer was Gus Sutton, i.e. A J Sutton, Vespa dealers.

Gus was a driven man, and being a Vespa dealer was the motive he needed to be good at what he did.

With his wife Ann, he created a great dealership and one of which Douglas Vespa was very proud.

Gus wasn’t a man to be ignored. If he told you something was wrong with your scooter, there was something wrong with your scooter! Gus didn’t suffer fools. He spoke straight and was a good, honest dealer.

Sadly Gus has passed away but his memory will last long with those who knew him. Deepest sympathy’s to his wife Ann, sons Steve and David, and the family.

Norrie Kerr