A Return visit with Dotty ~ January 29th 2012
my early 2012 vacation visiting the Midlands, North Wales, Northern England,
London and Deal I was enthused to be invited by my host in Deal, one inimitable
Tony Oliver to join him on his routine visit with Mrs Dorothy (Dotty)
Dacombe. Tony continues his devotion on a weekly basis and as and when
he has to be away from Deal, he always lets Dotty know ahead of time and
makes every effort to see her upon his return.
you can see in the current photograph, this soon to be 97 year old is
making the most of her long life now under constant care not too far from
our ancestral home only a mile or so away. One can only wonder what she
would think if she saw East Barracks as it is now, compared to the day
when her beloved husband Jack Dacombe strode from building to building
in his day. Many of us can surely capture in ones minds eye, the tall
figure who went from Musician to Drum Major and then later on became Trombone
professor at the School of Music.
I'm sure there are many out there who knew Jack Dacombe and perhaps at some time met Dotty. The nursing care facility is easy to find and I'm sure that a polite enquiry with the staff before a visit would be a great idea and minute or two with Dotty would make her day.
you Tony for this great privilege and a great visit with a dear lady.
Visit with Dotty July 21st. 2001
|Jan 28th. 2008 - I am informed by Tony that 'Dotty' is now in a nursing home and likely to stay there. A frail lady but still has all her wits about her. Tony continues to keep an eye each week. Will keep us informed. [Dickie]
Readers of the site may be interested in another special visit I made with Tony Oliver during a trip to Deal.
Mrs Dorothy (Dotty) Dacombe 87 yrs young, the widow of the late Jack Dacombe. Trombone professor 1963 - 1976. Died 9 years ago having been taken ill after a road traffic accident.
still resides in Church Path, Deal in the same house she and Jack moved
in to when they moved to Deal in 1963. Dotty is a very bright and sharp
old lady, her memories of the bandservice are very vivid. I was amazed
at her ability to draw on the past.
Jack's athletic trophies are proudly displayed in her front room cabinet, all to remind every one that apart from being the Drum Major of the Portsmouth Band and a Trombone Player in the band, he found time to represent his country, Combined Services, Navy and Marines in his favoured event of 400 metres. (once round the track as it was then).
Dotty would welcome anyone who knew Jack and was visiting Deal to pop in for a cup of tea, or a drop of the hard stuff, as she does daily. " Jolly good for the system" she proudly announces. A lovely old lady, very proud of her links with the bandservice and a bright and forceful conversationalist. Well worth a visit. Tony Oliver will be pleased to pass on her address if anyone decides to visit.
This short visit with Dotty was for me one of the highlights of my time
in Deal and will stay in my memory for as long as I have that gift of
recollection. Thanks Tony.