Bill Sadler was often to be seen sitting in his little blue van outside his shop in Station Road. He was a fixture there. Whenever I passed him during the day time, and that was not often, I would stop and a few words of conversation with him but I can’t say I knew him at all well.
I haven’t seen him now for some time. Has anyone?
He always seemed cheerful and never complained. He seemed content to just watch the world go by, at least that part of the world which passed down Station Road.
Clive Peck told me: Bill was a train driver who came in and out of Wivenhoe station, but left when he had a win on the Littlewoods football pools. Bill’s wife worked on the night shift so Bill kept out of the house and sat in the van in Station Road outside his shop. Bill has given up his shop so he understood when he met Bill by chance in Morrisons, in Clacton, with one of his sons. He thinks Bill was in poor health. Bill lived in Queen Elizabeth Road, Colchester. He would spend time on Sundays going around the boot fares to stock up his shop. CP 4 Dec 2016.