Margaret Feather, Sam Rockett, Ted Temme, Willy Van Rysel at Scarborough
Scarborough Open Air Pool, Scarborough, Yorkshire. Left to Right, Margaret Feather, Sam Rockett,Ted Temme and Willy Van Rijsel, at Scarborough Pool to give a Channel Swimming training exhibition.
Margaret Feather was a competitor for the 1954 Butlins race. She was successful, her time was 16hrs 23mins. She finished in fourth place, second female.
She was unsuccessful in the 1950, 1952 and 1953 races.
She has swum Morecambe Bay and in 1953 she was awarded the best woman for effort in the Nile Swim (only two finishers). She was the first woman to complete the Capri-Naples swim.
Willy Van Rysel was a member of the Dutch team who took part in the Daily Mail Cross Channel Race, 22 August 1950. Sadly she failed in her attempt to cross the Channel. Her time was 4 hrs 10 mins.
She made two unsuccessful attempts in 1949, her times were 14 hrs 15 mins and 16 hrs 52 mins.She later married Ted Temme and settled in England
Sam Rockett swam in the 1950 Daily Mail race and was the fourth man to finish. He was Supervisor for the 1951 Daily Mail Race, an International race held in the “Festival of Britain year” and he was also supervisor for the Billy Butlin races from 1953 to 1959, and the Sir Billy Butlin long distance walk from John O Groats to Lands End.
He played County Water Polo for a number of Counties. He was author of the book “its Cold in the Channel”
Ted Temme, Baths Manager, was first person to swim the Channel in both directions, swimming France to England in 1927, time 14hrs 29mins, and England to France in 1934, time 15hrs 34mins, a new Record.
In 1927 the Dover Town Council raised money by public donation to purchase a gold cup to present to the next English person to swim the channel from England to France; Ted Temme was the winner of the gold cup
Ted Temme also had four failed attempts in the Channel. They were as follows, all of the swims were from England to France; 1928 8hrs 07mins, 1929 5hrs 40mins, 1932 11hrs 50mins, 1933 11hrs 45mins.
He was the Supervisor for the first Daily Mail Cross Channel race in 1950.
Ted Temme played Water Polo for Plaistow and England. He represented Great Britain in the 1928 and 1936 Olympic Games.
From the Sam Rockett Collection.