I was after some information in my Saturday column recently and Eunice Conybeare disagreed with what I thought was another use for a building.
We got to the bottom of it all in the end, but Eunice also sent me these photographs of her late father Charlie, who managed a butcher’s on the corner of Twyford Avenue and Wilson Road in Tipner, Portsmouth.
W R Fletcher was the company name and it later became part of the Dewhurst chain.
Charlie was manager of the shop for 37 years from 1932 until 1969 when he retired.
Just imagine the changes he would have seen in his lifetime.
To all the residents of the area, the shop was always known as ‘Charlie’s’ and he had to deal with all the problems of shortages throughout the war.
Way back then, meat could still be displayed in the open, which could not have been all that healthy, especially in the summer months!
Then again, people did not worry too much about such things in days past.
There were very few fridges and people purchased what they wanted on the day to use that day.
After the war, with the introduction of cold fronts and cabinets in butcher’s shops, meat was taken indoors for display.
No doubt there must be several people still about who remember Charlie and his shop. Do let us know.