Robert John May Bathing Machine owners (K 1933,
1937). As demand for bathing machines declines, the
Mays diversify into beach hut and deckchair hire.
Robert John May dies suddenly on Christmas morning 1936. Like many Southwold families, the Mays take their turkeys to be roasted in the huge oven of one of the town's bakers. The Mays take theirs to Ernest Newson at No 3 South Green. This year, Robert goes to collect it and, walking back along Trinity Street, meets a friend and they stop for a 'mardle' (chat). Suddenly, Robert says "Hold this bird a minute; I don't feel so good." . Immediately after his friend takes it, Robert falls down dead. (Source: Keith May, Robert's grandson)