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Repton Dixon's Stores in Church Road, West Mersea. All the shop staff.
1. Bessie Dixon (with her tongue out), 2. Pat Franklin, 3. Susan Hales, 4. Carol Dixon, 5. Percy Bacon.
<b>Pat Franklin</b> and her husband Gil (Gilbert) Franklin lived in Kingsland House in Kingsland Road which used to be a school. It was such a huge house and the upkeep was mind blowing. In the end they sold it up on condition it was kept intact as it was such a wonderful old house. Their wishes were not upheld and it was levelled and re-developed very soon after. 
<b>Susan Hales</b> she married Danny Williamson in 1967, He used to ride huge motor-bikes. Susan was a lovely bubbly girl.
<b>Carol Dixon</b> - little old me in the brown overall and then my beloved Percy Bacon, my we had some fun in those days but we worked hard and the days were long.
In the evening after the shop shut at 6pm we had a meal and then I had to cash up all the tills, agree them and put the float back for the next day. Then all the duplicate invoices had to be entered into the ledger for every sale that day 'on-tick' which would be put on the customers monthly accounts at the end of every month. All this was done by hand entry, no machines in those days and the till roll was folded into lengths of about 10 inches and each section added up using mental arithmetic. In the summer days when holiday makers were down the till roll could easily be 10 to 15 foot long and if the cash did not agreee with the pencilled entries on the till roll it was a long night! The off-licence had a separate till and ledger so I was rarely finished before 8pm and we opened at 8am.
Part of CW3_105. c1965. Photo: Carol Wyatt Collection
Berry's bus outside the White Hart, West Mersea. The White Hart was the terminus in Mersea and in Colchester, the buses stopped outside the Hippodrome in the High Street.
Berry's brown buses were one of the first local independent bus operators - A.W. Berry & Sons Ltd, with headquarters in Port Lane, Colchester. They sold out to Eastern National in 1937.
Bus no. LC4803. This photo is on a postcard posted August 1910. 
Mr A. Berry had started a service to the island in 1903, with a 13 seater wagonette.
Proprietor of the White Hart Hotel is A.H. Went.
Used in A Short History of Mersea by Elsie Karbacz, which dates the picture as 1905.
In a letter in 1962, A.S. Berry (son of A.W. Berry) says it is one of a pair of Melnes Daimler 36 seat double deckers purchased in 1905. They ran until about 1912. He estimates the picture as 1910-11. See <a href=mmphoto.php?typ=ID&hit=1&tot=1&ba=cke&bid=EC62_AWB>EC62_AWB </a>. c1910.
Birch Church of England School. 3rd Form. 1947 ?
Back Row (row 4) L-R 1. John Clark, 2. Michael Williams, 3. David Whybrow, 4. Jimmy Ponder, 5. Tony Partner, 6. Roy Vauhan [Vaughan ?], 7. Ronnie Burmby.
Row 3 standing 1. Pat Bishop, 2. Russell Pulford, 3. Kenneth Graham, 4. John Smith, 5. Mrs Cornhill, 6. Tony Playle, 7. Dennis Johnson, 8. Peter Jones, 9. John Pullford.
Row 2 1. June Mills, 2. Violet Shepperd, 3. Evelyn Hyam, 4. Connie Mansfield, 5. Hazel Ponder, 6. Pamelar White, 7. Dorothy Theobald ?, 8. Ann Fensom.
Front row 1. Tony Andrews, 2. Eddie Theobald, 3. Barry Smith, 4. Ronnie MacClellen, 5. Ray Smith, 6. Andrew Strathern.
Photo 8 TBM B.S. c1947. Photo: T.B. Millatt
L-R Emily Farthing, Maud ? Mole, ?
Ye Olde Village Pump & The Plough, Peldon. Postcard 123779 Bell & Co., not mailed.
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Mersea Museum has a large collection of images, mainly of Mersea Island and the surrounding area. Those shown here are a small sample.
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