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Daredevil in shiny shoes is identified

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

James Kosa, left, and Darren Jones.

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JUST who is this shiny-shoed daredevil on the St Ives skyline?

The Cornishman has the answer.

Last week we printed a story about St Nicholas Court in St Ives and how the son of its developer is keen to commemorate his father's work with a gathering of those involved nearly 40 years ago.

St Nicholas was a development of apartments on Porthmeor beach, completed in 1976.

Kenneth Lindon-Travers, from Brunnion, just outside St Ives, sold his own home to help finance the build and was lauded in the Sunday Times for its design.

The project brought together an array of crafts and tradesmen from the St Ives community and on the day of the topping-off ceremony our anonymous daredevil climbed the roof in suit and leather-soled shoes to plant the flag on St Piran on top.

Anonymous, that is, until now.

On Monday The Cornishman got a call from plumber Mark Symons.

Mark himself worked on the development as an apprentice, as did his brothers Chris and Roger.

But the Cornish flag-bearer is his father, Henry Symons, who co-ordinated the plumbing and heating work at St Nicholas.

Mark said: "Judy, my wife, saw it in The Cornishman first. When I saw it I immediately knew it was my dad.

"It's the sort of thing you would expect him to do. He was about 56 then. Him and his shiny shoes. I definitely recognised the shoes because it was our job to polish them."

Mark worked for his dad as an apprentice on the development during 1975 and 1976.

He said: "A lot of the guys who worked on it are dead now, obviously.

"I used to work on site at St Nicholas Court in the day and then go over the road to Mr Peggotty's Nightclub, which was directly opposite, and work on the door there, when I was 20."

Mr Peggotty's is now the Sail Loft apartments, next door to The Sail Loft Studios, in Downalong.

Anyone else who was involved in St Nicholas Court's history is being urged to contact James Lindon-Travers, who aims to unveil a statue in honour of his father, Kenneth Lindon-Travers, at the site in April.

Contact James Lindon-Travers on jlt@lindon-travers.co.uk

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