Cheesy grins from staff on outing to Cheddar Gorge

Hoopers staff on an outing to Cheddar Gorge in the summer of 1954
Hoopers staff on an outing to Cheddar Gorge in the summer of 1954
Looking down London Road circa 1903. The Horndean Light Railway tracks are on the right.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

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The recent pictures of employees at the famous old Portsmouth tool and hardware merchants Hoopers inspired several of you to get in touch.

One was Cynthia Eastwood (nee Stewart) whose first job after leaving secretarial college in 1953 was at the Kingston Road firm where she was a book-keeper/shorthand typist.

She recalls that Stuart Juniper had just joined his father’s business after completing his two years national service.

Cynthia, who lives in Worcester, submitted this picture which was taken by Stuart’s brother Trevor, on the 1954 staff outing to Cheddar Gorge, Somerset.

These are a few of the names she can recall from her time there. Some are in the picture: Charles Juniper, Trevor Juniper (son, not pictured), Stuart Juniper (son), Mrs Juniper (nee Hooper), Bert Berry, Malcolm Hinds, Mr Moon, Rita, Sylvia, Ben Quinell, Angela Sandecombe, Miss Fitzgerald, Iris Bates and Anita Liddell and sisters.