Still good friends after 70 years!

By Paul Evans   |   Content editor   |
Friday 26th November 2021 1:35 pm
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John Brock MBE and Don Ellis pictured at The Carew Cheriton Control Tower Museum. ()

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It is now seventy years ago that Don Ellis from Saundersfoot started his working life as an apprentice carpenter with the local building firm of Davies and Johns in Kilgetty.

It was here that he teamed up with John Brock who was to become his mentor for the next three years.

John had joined the firm in 1948 after completing three years service with the Royal Corps of Signals in Khartoum being attached to the Sudanese Defence Force.

Don went on to work for Arthur Williams in Saundersfoot before starting his National Service in 1956 after which he became a self employed carpenter.

In later life Don and his wife will be remembered for their time running the Broadmead in Heywood Lane Tenby and the garage and stores at Whitehill Cresselly.

John left the building firm in 1954 to help with the family bakery and grocery business in Milton known as E. Palmer & Co it was here that he became well known delivering over a wide area of South Pembrokeshire until it closed in 1974.

He returned to his first love of carpentry with Gabriel Wade Wales Ltd. in Milford Haven. John ended his working life with Malden Builders Merchants spending his time mainly in Scotland and on Shetland.

In recent years John and Don have teamed up again as members of The Carew Cheriton Control Group helping out with carpentry projects and their gift as talented signwriters.

Both are well respect for their skilis and knowledge working with timber and their expertise with complex roof construction.

John said recently: “I’m still in charge at 94 as Don is only 85!”

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