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Ernest Waldron West, 1904 - 1994
August Bank Holiday Monday , 1958, Broadheath, Worcestershire
August Bank Holiday Monday , 1958, Broadheath, Wor
25th August 1958

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Broadheath with Lower Broadheath is a civil parish officially known as Lower Broadheath, in the Malvern Hills district of Worcestershire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,713. The parish also includes Upper Broadheath, which is about 3 miles north-west of Worcester. There are many housing estates in the village, including the Jacomb estate (Jacomb Road, Jacomb Drive, Jacomb Close and Rectory Close). The village has a village hall, church, post office and shop, a village green (containing a football pitch, running track and many children's play areas) and a large village common. There is also a primary school (Broadheath C.E. Primary School). The school contains around 150 children, from the age of four up to eleven. There are also three pubs in the village. Broadheath is the birthplace of the English composer Edward Elgar. August bank holiday monday in 1958 was the time of the 5 night race riots of Notting Hill. The drawing by Waldron West of Broadheath is a complete contrast. The drawing shows members of the village and their MP, Gerald Nabarro (gentleman with the handlebar moustache). Nabarro was born in Willesden Green, the son of an unsuccessful shopkeeper. He was born to a prominent Sephardi Jewish family but later converted to Christianity. He was educated at schools run by the London County Council, belying his later image as an aristocrat. On leaving school in 1930 at the age of 16 he enlisted in the army, in which he served for seven years, rising to the rank of Sergeant. In 1937 he left the army to work as a machine-hand, being swiftly promoted to be factory manager. Using his experience he set up a saw milling company which made him a good living, and allowed him to go into company management in the engineering and road transport fields. Nabarro was also a member of the Royal Artillery Territorials and of the Royal Ordnance. At the 1945 general election, Nabarro stood as the Conservative candidate in the Labour-held West Bromwich constituency. The seat was comfortably held by Labour's John Dugdale, with a swing on 18.6%,[3] much higher than the national average of 10%. In the general election of 1950, Nabarro was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Kidderminster, Worcestershire which he held until 1964. He characterised himself as an old-style Tory: he opposed entry to what is now the European Union, was a proponent of capital punishment, and supported Enoch Powell following the latter's controversial Rivers of Blood Speech. Even five years earlier, on 5 April 1963, while appearing on Any Questions?, he said "How would you feel if your daughter wanted to marry a big buck nigger with the prospect of coffee-coloured grandchildren?", remarks which were excised from a repeat of the programme the following week. He was also instantly identifiable due to his much-lampooned handlebar moustache. He sat on the first ever football pools panel to decide the outcome of abandoned matches. Among his major political achievements was a private member's bill on pollution and smog control that eventually became the Clean Air Act 1956. He also pushed to bring electricity to remote villages and hamlets that in the early 1950s would otherwise have gone without, and he was knighted in 1963. However, prolonged ill-health and a heart attack in the early 1960s led him to retire from politics when the 1964 general election was called. By 1966, Nabarro had recovered from the immediate illness, and was given a clean bill of health. He was selected as Conservative candidate for the safer constituency of South Worcestershire, neighbouring his old constituency, after the previous MP, Sir Peter Agnew, had retired. He duly won the seat in the general election of that year, and represented it until he died in office in November 1973. No by-election was held after his death; the seat was still vacant when Parliament was dissolved on 8 February 1974 for the general election later that month. In 1971 Nabarro was the subject of what was then a sensational trial in the wake of an incident when he and his company secretary, Margaret Mason, drove the wrong way around a roundabout. Nabarro insisted that his secretary had been driving at the time, however, and although subsequently acquitted of the driving charge, popular opinion was that he had indeed been driving. He suffered two strokes in the course of the re-trial and his political career was ended by the scandal. He died aged 60 a few months after his acquittal. An earlier secretary of Nabarro was Christine Holman, later wife of another scandal-ridden Conservative MP, Neil Hamilton. Nabarro's distinctive appearance led to his picture being frequently used by the Monty Python team. He was also mentioned by the character Eric Praline in the Fish Licence sketch as apparently owning a prawn, called Simon.