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St. Luke's Hall Alpha Grove 1960s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


1960s, ‘Dinner Ladies” Mrs Ada Hale and Mrs Maud Dyer, standing outside St. Luke's Hall in Alpha Grove, where the under 11 ‘s from St. Luke's School (then n Westferry Road) used to have their dinner. Mrs Dyerstarted work as a dinner lady during the Second World War. when she earned eleven shillings a week for two hours a day. When St Luke's moved in 1973, Mrs Dyer went to work at the new Seven Mills School; Mrs Hale had to retire as she was 80 years old by then. The school dinners were brought to St Luke's in a mobile canteen from Woolmer Street; they were ‘old fashioned' dinners of meat and two veg with pudding. The dinner ladies prepared the tables, served the meals and washed up and cleared away afterwards. The street in the background is Strafford Street; the ground on which they are standing wa the site of of St Luke's Church, damaged by Bombing in the Second World War and demolished in the early 1960s.This photograph was taken by St. Luke's caretaker, Mr Bully, who had a new camera. He lived in Thermopylae Gate. From Mrs M. Dyer