Saturday, 19 November 2016
CLEAN AND TIDY
From Mary Gizzi via Dilys Bagnall comes this picture of staff at Grange Laundry, Grange Road, Rhyl. The date is thought to be the 1950s and – if correct – the occasion might have been a gathering to commemorate 50 years of the business (opened in 1905).
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In version below, the face under red dot is Peter Lloyd of Kingsley Ave / under yellow dot is Irene Vickers / green is (Beatrice) Frances Egerton who turned 100 in April this year.
Blue is a Mrs. Adams whose husband Fred worked for the company as a van driver / purple is Nona Jones of Williams Street / orange is Tommy Roberts known as 'Tommy Boiler' / pink is Dilys Evans of Brynhyfryd Ave.
The identifications are by Dilys Bagnall and my pal Bill Ellis who both worked at Grange Laundry at a later date.
Dilys says, "I worked for two years on the Hoffman press. I enjoyed it but kept getting bad chests because the heat was like a greenhouse. The manager at that time was Mr. Hindley who was a lovely man. I recall Tommy Roberts (‘Tommy Boiler’) and wife Margaret and daughter Eileen.
The laundry provided a lot of work for local people and the pay was pretty good. I remember Peter Lloyd, Irene Vickers and Gwen Gill from Rhuddlan on the staff when I was there."
Bill says, "I worked at Grange Laundry from 1961 until January 1966 when I left to sell insurance for a living. As an afterthought I can add one more name: the little lady standing behind the bench, all in white with swept back hair is Bertha Hewitt - she was Peter Lloyd's auntie."
Can you, dear readers, provide more IDs?
Colin Jones / email: firstname.lastname@example.org