George was a former police sergeant, and was aged 45 when he got the Rovers. He re-enlisted as a special policeman during the Depression and was the first officer on the scene when neighbour Thomas Hewitt was caught stealing raincoats from Elliston's Raincoat Factory. He resigned from the forces so he could join his neighbours when they went on a march on the Town Hall.
The Diggins lasted until 1937 when they decided they'd had enough of the Rovers and sold the tenancy to buy a boarding house in Blackpool.
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