Memories of Barbara Rivers

In answer to the enquiery regarding the shops on the maypole.The cafe used to be a general shop selling many items including sweeties on ration for us kids, can you remember getting blackjacks with farthings & sherbert dabs.Next to the cafe was Mr & Mrs Miles with their daughter Christine,I think Mr Miles used to mend shoes & general repairs while Mrs Miles sold habadashery wools & cottons. Next to them was Filmers electrical store & glass. they later moved to Dartford Road near West Hill.Next to them was Chalices a greengrocers they had a few lorries im!e not sure what they used them for but they occasionally stored one on the spare ground in Heathend Road (the bungalow is their now) we used to love climbing over them. Across the road from the post office was another general store owned by the Roberts family we remember Vera Roberts who took over when her parents died.Hope this is useful .information. When my sister Eileen comes up in August we will try to write down our memories of the maypole & the happy times we had. Barbara Ashby (nee Rivers)

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