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Shots from a family album
BATHING BELLES: Second front Betty Edwards, third Lucy Hallett; fourth K Seamark, Freda Jones, C Burton, K Hansford M Scadding
HERE are more photographs from Marilyn Sealy of West Bay, who has lent us nearly 50 of her family photographs.
We’re sure there are quite of few of them that will bring back memories for many of our readers.
It’ll take us some weeks to publish them all, but we think they’re worth it.
Many of the photos belonged to her late uncle Alf Hallett.
Her mother was Lucy Hallett, who worked in Elmes, her father was Albert Chubb, who worked at Gundrys, her uncle was Alf Hallett, and his brother-in-law was Don Crumpton.
Her uncle’s wife was Marjorie-Ann, known in the family as Queenie, and her father was Albert Crumpton, an engine driver on the branch line that included West Bay.
Many of her pictures are of rural scenes of the times – including bee keeping and one of a hay rick.
There’s a picture of the Lily Hotel with Majorie-Ann Crumpton. The hotel is now a children’s nursery at the bottom of West Street.
Her uncle Alf married in April 1940. In their front garden they had a lovely pond and they built their shelter in the garden – and obviously practised wearing gas masks.
Majorie-Ann worked at Elmes until she was 70. She became manageress.
Mrs Sealy said: “They didn’t have any children. We always joked ‘when she gives up the shop will close’, and it did.”
Mrs Sealy’s father was Albert Chubb. He worked in the netting firm from the age of 14 when he left school – he worked in the office for 51 years, apart from during the war years.