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Offline Lyn L

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Re: Burtons Tailors and Snooker
« Reply #28 on: April 15, 2016, 21:24:07 »
Thanks BygoneMedway, loved the price of those suits  :)
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Re: Burtons Tailors and Snooker
« Reply #26 on: April 15, 2016, 20:33:23 »
Now you've done it, "John Colliers John Colliers the window to watch".........
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Re: Burtons Tailors and Snooker
« Reply #25 on: April 15, 2016, 16:54:05 »
Oh dear shoot999, you've done it now, I can't get that ditty out of my head  :)
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Re: Burtons Tailors and Snooker
« Reply #24 on: April 15, 2016, 16:49:01 »
Got a feeling Burtons called them selves the "fifty shilling tailors"but I recall having my first Italian style jacket made in the one next to woolworths in Chatham high st (the entrance to a theater ,can't recall the name,was up the ally between Woolis and Burtons.Ref the Majestic/Gaumont Rochester ,there was a Victor Silvester dance school there in the old tea rooms,went there once ,escorted a young lady from John street ,lovely lass,won't say any more 'cos I think she is now a much respected member of this forum,thay were the days 😇 Slow slow quick quick slow.

I believe the 'fifty shilling tailors' were a private company who were taken over by John Colliers, who were then subsequently taken over by Burtons. And the theatre you were thinking of was  the Invicta.

(And now I can't get 'John Collier, John Collier, the window to watch!' out of my head.)


Edit:What Lyn said lol.

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Re: Burtons Tailors and Snooker
« Reply #23 on: April 15, 2016, 16:48:13 »
I think the shop you mean was John Colliers. Taken over by Burtons in 1958. The theatre you meant was the Invicta ballroom / bingo hall later. Just depends when you had your Italian style jacket made  :)
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Re: Burtons Tailors and Snooker
« Reply #22 on: April 15, 2016, 14:57:25 »
Got a feeling Burtons called them selves the "fifty shilling tailors"but I recall having my first Italian style jacket made in the one next to woolworths in Chatham high st (the entrance to a theatre, can't recall the name, was up the ally between Woolis and Burtons. Ref the Majestic/Gaumont Rochester, there was a Victor Silvester dance school there in the old tea rooms, went there once, escorted a young lady from John street, lovely lass, won't say any more 'cos I think she is now a much respected member of this forum, those were the days 😇 Slow slow quick quick slow.

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Re: Burtons Tailors and Snooker
« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2016, 21:32:27 »
The billiard Hall in Sheerness was owned by a Mr.Peperall with, I think, about 10 tables and they were for snooker or billiards. I played there many a time in my youth ciirca 1940ish.
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Re: Burtons Tailors and Snooker
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2016, 17:27:41 »
I think that it was the Majestic/Gaumont/Odeon at Star Hill, but there were many VS dance studios throughout the country.
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Re: Burtons Taylors and Snooker
« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2016, 15:51:19 »
When Snooker went out of fashion didn`t most of them revert to dancing classes above the shops in the `60`s/`70`s?

I can remember Victor Silvester dance classes above the Chatham Shop or was that at the Odeon Cinema at Star Hill Rochester?

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Re: Burtons Taylors and Snooker
« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2013, 21:17:25 »
As far as I know and remember Burton`s, Sittingbourne has always been at 76 High Street, opposite what is now Central Avenue. There was always a Snooker/Billiards hall on the first floor until it became a night club quite a while ago. I think that has been shut for some time and don`t think there is anything occuring there now but I may well be wrong. Haven`t been in the High Street at night for years.
Regarding the catapult money systems. I remember Featherstones at the bottom of Bell Road had one and the Co-op Grocery and Butchers half way up Park Road had one with the lady cashier in a glass compartment high up in the roof between the two departments. Later it became Bell Glass and has since been demolished and replaced with domestic dwellings. The Co-op in Park Road was the weekly visit on my bike to get mums groceries, 5231 divi. never forgotten and Wagon wheels in brown and white paper bags were Definitely Bigger!
I can`t for the life of me remember where the shops with Vacuum systems were. I think maybe the big main Co-op at the end of East Street (roughly where Aldi`s is now) had one but not sure. Sorry I can`t be more helpful. I was more interested in the Boomerang, Pelosi,s and Goodies Caffs than shopping in the High Street.

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Re: Burtons Taylors and Snooker
« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2013, 17:35:42 »
Hawksfields was where the HSBC is now (formerly Midland Bank who knocked down the original buildings).
Hawksfields became Corralls.
Street number was 117 High Street. 115 was Ash's the stationers - a wonderful dusty old shop, wooden floors, nib pens and ink for sale, etc.
Along that side of the High Street was Denny's Florist, a lingerie shop at 119, then the Davis's grocery and newsagent/sweet shop - and then the original Post Office.

Across the road was the Maypole, the Opticians, and the Fish Shop which I understand has only recently departed.

You may be right about Burtons. It has had me confused for a while, but I am sure there was a store on that corner with the wire cash system and rooms on top with snooker.

I can`t think of a shop near Burton`s that had the overhead wire system, except POSSIBLY Vyes which I think was on a corner somewhere near Burton`s. I was wrong about Hulburds having the wire system. My wife said it was a vacuum pipe system. Perhaps Granderog will come to the rescue on this one?

Anyway, to get back on topic, my wife says the Sittingbourne Library was once on the first floor of Burtons.


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Re: Burtons Taylors and Snooker
« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2013, 09:51:58 »
In the late 50s, the first floor of Burton`s in Chatham was used for National Service medical examinations and some other tests which I can`t remember much about. During a break in the the proceedings another conscript and myself crept out to the nearest pub and quaffed a few pints in an attempt foil the urine test. All to no avail, we were both A1.

This is where I must have had my medical then! I knew it was in Chatham but couldn't remember where exactly. They certainly 'snookered me!'

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Re: Burtons Taylors and Snooker
« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2013, 09:49:02 »
During the 1950s, the Burton's in Sheerness stood in The Crescent, by the town clock. There was no snooker hall. The nearest such hall was up near the fire station.

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Re: Burtons Taylors and Snooker
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2013, 08:05:15 »
Hawksfields was where the HSBC is now (formerly Midland Bank who knocked down the original buildings).
Hawksfields became Corralls.
Street number was 117 High Street. 115 was Ash's the stationers - a wonderful dusty old shop, wooden floors, nib pens and ink for sale, etc.
Along that side of the High Street was Denny's Florist, a lingerie shop at 119, then the Davis's grocery and newsagent/sweet shop - and then the original Post Office.

Across the road was the Maypole, the Opticians, and the Fish Shop which I understand has only recently departed.

You may be right about Burtons. It has had me confused for a while, but I am sure there was a store on that corner with the wire cash system and rooms on top with snooker.
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