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Offline smiffy

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Re: Vyes "The Kentish Grocer"
« Reply #121 on: March 31, 2018, 00:45:41 »
A closer look at the poster...

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« Reply #120 on: March 30, 2018, 09:21:01 »
Great photograph smiffy.  There is so much period detail in this shot.
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Re: Vyes "The Kentish Grocer"
« Reply #119 on: March 29, 2018, 17:43:58 »
Chatham Vye's taken on a wet day during the war. This building has survived and now houses a Burger King, but the adjoining properties have all been replaced.

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Re: Vyes "The Kentish Grocer"
« Reply #118 on: September 03, 2013, 14:05:01 »
Just come across my posts regarding the Maypole from 2010 on here, so won't add any more.  It also follows on to my next job at the Decorators shop.

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=6492.msg52158#msg52158

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« Reply #117 on: August 30, 2013, 22:10:31 »
Looking forward to it.  :)
First part already posted in the other section.

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Re: Vyes "The Kentish Grocer"
« Reply #116 on: August 30, 2013, 20:21:11 »
Looking forward to it.  :)
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Re: Vyes "The Kentish Grocer"
« Reply #115 on: August 30, 2013, 16:10:35 »
Ok, started in Leisure/General leisure/growing up and socialising.

Well, you asked for it!

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Re: Vyes "The Kentish Grocer"
« Reply #114 on: August 30, 2013, 12:26:04 »
Hi Ron
Late forties early fifties - "Go for it Ron!" Just booked my front row seat, don't keep us waiting too long.  :)

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« Reply #113 on: August 30, 2013, 11:16:27 »
Yes please.

The section in the forum would appear to be 'Growing up and Socializing' but bear with me.  I need to find the old files.

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Re: Vyes "The Kentish Grocer"
« Reply #112 on: August 30, 2013, 10:57:58 »
Yes please.

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Re: Vyes "The Kentish Grocer"
« Reply #111 on: August 30, 2013, 10:45:50 »
How sad.  Both the deminse of Vyes, but equally of your wonderful posts Ron Stilwell.  They have been wonderfully descriptive and really enjoyable to read.  Can we not have a 'sequel'?  Thank you so much for sharing your tales with us here.

Thank you Ann.  There is quite a bit more of the time in the late 40's and 50's if I could decide what part of the forum to post it - (not shop related)

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Re: Vyes "The Kentish Grocer"
« Reply #110 on: August 30, 2013, 10:28:21 »
How sad.  Both the deminse of Vyes, but equally of your wonderful posts Ron Stilwell.  They have been wonderfully descriptive and really enjoyable to read.  Can we not have a 'sequel'?  Thank you so much for sharing your tales with us here.

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« Reply #109 on: August 30, 2013, 10:18:36 »
Part sixteen.
Last part:

There came a time when the character of the High Street changed out of all proportion.  This was the opening of the ‘Byrite’ supermarket.  On the first morning we all trooped along to the new shop to criticise.  We stared through a plate glass window festooned with dozens of garish posters advertising ‘special offers’.  There were no counters, just gondola after gondola of stacked shelves and a pile of wire baskets at the door.  “The people round here will never serve themselves”,  “And look at the staff, there’s not enough of them and they’re just kids".  "What do they know about Grocery?”  We didn’t give Byrites, or any of the new fangled ‘Super-markets’ very long.
Of course the staff didn’t need to know much about grocery just to fill shelves and if proof were needed, at the time of writing the Byrites shop is still a supermarket under a different name - Vyes and its style of grocer’s shop are long gone.


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Re: Vyes "The Kentish Grocer"
« Reply #108 on: August 29, 2013, 16:42:42 »
Yes, I meant meat, as in cooked meat.

Sorry, of course!  I was a bit tired when I wrote that. :(

Regarding part 15......I'm glad I didn't get to see that sight....I would definitely have joined you! Not literally!  :)
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Re: Vyes "The Kentish Grocer"
« Reply #107 on: August 29, 2013, 12:21:08 »
Part fifteen:

Nearly the end now.....

Christian and I were very concerned about the bacon stock, as certain parts we found it very difficult to sell, especially bacon hocks.  One particular New Year`s Day, on the annual stocktaking I was feeling rather queasy because of over-indulgences the night before.  By the time the stock-taking staff got around to the provision counter I felt pretty bad, but I was just about okay until we got to the end of the marble counter where there was a large piece of muslin covering part of the stock.  Mr Christian pulled away the cloth to reveal several weeks worth of bacon hocks, fatty collar joints and unwanted oyster bacon.  Some were all dried up, many more were slippery, slimy and fly-blown.  In no time at all, as Garrard, Barnes and Mr Christian tried to decide what to do with my bacon stock, I headed for the loo!
There were several other members of the ‘top brass’ who would turn up from head office in Ramsgate.  The Chief Shop Inspector was a Mr Garrard, who was Mr Barne`s superior, and was a person that struck fear into us all.  The other person who used to come along every year or so was Sir Nigel Taylor, who was part of the board of Vyes (probably the Chairman), and would turn up periodically as part of a tour around the establishment.  One day I was cutting some meat on the cooked-meat slicer up at the window end of the counter, and I wasn’t using the clamp that kept my fingers away from the meat, and the spinning blade.  Nigel told me always to use the clamp, but of course, I said I was quite capable of managing without.  I got a ‘looks could kill’ from him, Mr Garrard and Mr Christian.  I never did learn!

 

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