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A butchers shop front as they were before the days of glass fronted shops
A butchers shop front as they were before the days of glass fronted shops

THIS WEEK IN 1993: ‘Despicable’ attack on Armistice Day

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The photograph I published last week of the butcher’s shop with all its wares on display in the open air was seen by Ralph Cousins of Havant.

He said the shop pictured was in fact in Havant and the owner was Jimmy Stubbs who was standing in the doorway.

Ralph believes that the small lad standing third from the left was Jimmy’s late father, or possibly his brother.

In the article I mentioned the men who manufactured sausage skins. Julie Harris dropped me a line to say that as a child her father worked for Coopers.

They had a yard on the corner of Merry Row and Lake Road, Fratton.

Julie and her friends always called it the skin yard as in a sheltered area of the yard was a tub of brine used to cure animal intestines, ready to be made into sausage skins.

Men were working up to their armpits in the brine and the smell was atrocious with everything covered in flies. Lovely.

A food inspector of today would have had the time of his life.