Spears, Beatrice

Beatrice Vera Spears born 1914 Telegraph Rd., Deal, to Percy Henry ‘Harry’ Spears and Beatrice Linnard

Trained by Billy Kellingley. Planned attempts for 1928 and 1929 but never started a swim
Married Deal 1935 to Henry G Brisley (separated and divorced?)
1939 living with parents at 127 Downs Rd., Deal – Percy a railway signalman, Beatrice and mother housekeeping, and sister Kathleen, shop assistant
Married Chatham 1949 to Ernest W Kennett
Died Dover 1969

Channel swim aspirants include Miss Laddie Sharp, Mrs Weidman and Miss Ivy Hawke. Others include Miss Beatrice Spears, a 16-year-old Deal girl, Miss Nellie Hudson and Miss Parker of London. The outstanding figure among the male aspirants is Helmi, also A.J. Luscombe of Devonshire and Frank Perks of Dover. Miss Ivy Gill, E.H. Temme and A.J. Fellows will contend forthe Dover Gold Cup
The Citizen 11/8/1928

DEAL. May 6—There is to be a massed attack by swimmers on the Channel this year, and already there is some activity in the various camps on this part of the coast. Most of the contestants to be first across will start from this side, which is generally considered to be the more difficult swim. The swimmers include E. H. Temme, Norman Derham, Miss Ivy Hawke. Miss “Laddie” Sharp, Mrs. Gill, E. Vierkotter (Germany), J. Helmy (Egypt), G. Michel (France) and C. Toth (U.S.A.) all of whom have already swum from France to England and are anxious to win the gold cup offered for the first competitor who succeeds in swimming from England to France. Other entrants include the American twins, Bernice and Phyllis Zitenfeld, who are due in England this month, Miss Beatrice Spears, the young Deal swimmer, and little Joan Brunton, the 11-year-old Dover girl. It is expected that Dr. Dorothy Logan and Miss Gleitze will also try their luck again.
Kingston Gleaner, Jamaica,May 29, 1929

Others who are getting ready again for further conquests include Miss Ivy Hawke, Mrs. Gill, and Miss Beatrice Spears, of Deal. Many efforts will made this year to swim from England to France, a more difficult task than swimming from France to England
26 June 1929 – Exeter and Plymouth Gazette – Exeter, Devon, England

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