so i did a bit of digging , and it turns out Cecil made it to Major became a Cornish Bard and sadly passed away in 1998, AND someone wrote a book about him ! Map Kenwyn: The Life and Times of Cecil Beer: Amazon.co.uk: Gary Tregidga, Treve Crago: 9781903668009: Books
That's a result, calls for "beers all round"! (sorry). The "pips" may be missing as they could have been the "slip on" material type. Leon.
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