Item BCA - 2017.560 - Obituary for Frank Tanner, died November 10th 1980

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BCA - 2017.560


Obituary for Frank Tanner, died November 10th 1980


  • November 10th 1980 (Creation)

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Frank Tanner was the last of the Tanner family to dance Bampton Morris. For many generations prior to WWII the Tanner family was one of the main stays of the side. Thomas Tanner, born c1770, his son Charles born 1816 were dancers and his son, another Charles, ‘Cocky’ Tanner, one of Alfred Williams chief singers, was first a dancer and then a ragman for the team for about 40 years until the first world and died aged 77 in 1922. His cousin Thomas ‘Buscot’ Tanner born 1850 was head dancer from the 1880s until WWI. When Clive Carey visited Bampton on Whit Monday 1913 the team had five members of the family dancing, ‘Cocky’ and his sons Jesse born 1888 and Percy, plus ‘Buscot’ and his son John born 1873. After WWI ‘Buscot’s’ other sons Reg known as ‘Scudgel’ and Victor known as ‘Buller’ maintained the Tanner involvement with the tradition both dancing well into the 1930s. The youngest son of ‘Buscot’, Frank, known as ‘Perky’ died at his home in Colvile Close aged 85 on November 10th 1980. With his wife Ada he contributed much towards the maintenance of the garland tradition which accompanied the other festivities at White (now the late May Bank Holiday). Their daughter Vera Elward (now 94 in 2017) continues helping children and adults know how to make garlands. Frank had a vast store of local knowledge and had broadcast on Country Life on Radio Oxford.

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