This particular photograph was taken at Cunningham's Camp, <Click> Isle of Man, circa 1938/1939.
My grandmother Doris Berry (Brookes) 1890-1956
Clifford Arnold Berry 1888-1933, Doris Berry's husband, my grandfather.
Jeff served during WW2 in the Royal Artillery, and was present at an anti-aircraft gun battery during the blitz of Coventry. He later served in Burma for the duration of the war.
The above image was taken by a photographer at Redditch, and dates from his early service.
<Click>, who manufactured machine belting and fire hoses. Marian, whose parents Harry c1893 and Mary (Mitchell) 1892-1966, ran a small newsagents shop in Little Lever, near Bolton, worked for Messrs. Dobson and Barlow, <Click> at their Bradley Fold plant, where, during the war they made Lancaster Bomber aircraft wings.
Jeff and Marian took over her parent's business, the newsagent in Little Lever, and later diversified around 1956, by buying the property across the road at 7 and 9 Lever Street, which was the old Doctor's surgery. They converted part of the property into retail premises selling radio, television, and electrical household appliances. Between this date and 1980, not only had they grown the electrical business to become one of the largest TV rental businesses in the area, but had also grown the newsagent business by buying up three adjoining properties and developing that business into one of the largest retailers of news and magazines in Bolton, being the second largest customer account of W.H. Smith Wholesale News.
The above is an early family gathering, before my time, an engagement party for Jeff's sister Benita and her future husband Ben. My older brother is sat on Jeff's knee. There are several Brookes' in the photograph.
Now I am here. This is me!
The following two images are of Jeff on that day.
This is Jeff and Marian with their staff in the early days of the newsagent business at 4 Church Street, Little Lever.
Both me and my older brother worked in the business until 1987 when I left. I later returned to take over the newsagent side of things with Margaret in 1994, when Jeff and Marian, somewhat belatedly, decided to retire. They were lucky enough to develop and grow their business during the heyday for small businesses. The coming of the supermarkets, together with rulings from the government regarding the "closed shop" method of retailing news and magazines, and the relaxing of Sunday trading laws was soon to change things forever.