June Gilbert of Bromley. France to England
DOB unknown but she was 21 when she swam in 1958. The Observer was John Unicume Wood.
There is an article describing the last mile or so of her swim called "Icing on the Cake". It was published in the 1962 ASA magazine "Kentolian". It describes how June took four hours to complete the last mile due to strong currents and a sudden strong south westerly gale. She landed somewhere near Walmer Castle at 17.15hrs and was the first Kent swimmer to conquer the Channel.
Thanks Jon - the swim page has been udpated with extra details!
25 September 2011 12:39119
Hi I am June that has bought some good memories of my first swim
The Channel Ramblers made it across to France on our third attempt. We had team member changes, a horrid accident with an offical, trials & tribulations, but in the end success. I never knew that there were so many factors to stop or hinder an attempt across. I think it really takes a massive coming together of so many factors to successfully make it across the English Channel!!!
June was living with my husbands family when she did this crossing Kit and Fred Ruddick at Oakley House, Bromley Common my husband Brian has always wondered what happened to her and was surprised to see her answer on this page as he has been looking....Can anyone get in touch with her and let her know please.........she also swan Wndemere and the solent sounds to be like a very determined lady..........Brian says Hi June !!!!!!
Hi Brian nice to hear from you I am doing well a bit older but still very fit Let me know your news
Hi Brian not very good at this computer stuff but this is my email adresse email@example.com
weather you get it or not I don't know