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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
Land Girls at Bower Hall Farm, Mersea. 1. Elsie, 2. Doris, 3. Alexander, 4. Edie, 5. Mona Quick from Shoreditch. Driver Frank Richer. Caterpillar D4 Registration JPU32, Ministry of Agriculture Fleet No MOA159
Driver Frank Richer probably took the photograph. Clearing the lower fields, Bower Hall Farm, 1943.
Photograph used in Essex Land Girls by Dee Gordon, page 118. 1943. Photo: David Green Collection
Corn stooks beside the River Blackwater. A slide taken by Mary Sime. c1957. Photo: Peter Bibby Collection
This is heavy land. Fowler VF crawler tractor and an Allis Chalmers All-crop 60, an early combine harvester. It belonged to Victor Gray, New Hall Farm, Little Wigborough.
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Bernard sent the photograph to Old Tractor Magazine, Sept 2005, with the caption:
Following a very wet harvest in 1958, an attempt was made to gather in the crop at New Hall Farm, Little Wigborough, in October using an Allis-Chalmers All-Crop 60 combine pulled by a Fowler VF crawler. Bernard tells us that it was so soft that a sledge had to be made to set the combine on. Note the spade, which was used to dig out the mud so that the starting handle could be inserted, and the fuse-holder laying on the left-hand track.
</p> October 1958. Photo: Bernard Ratcliffe
West Mersea Town Regatta 2019 banner. 17 August 2019.
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