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Isle of Man 1900s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Picnic on Sky Hill, Isle of Man, about 1900, for a group of boys from St. John's Church, Isle of Dogs. In front with his hand near mouth, Frederick Vaughan Pearson, of East Ferry Road, born 1889. Vicar on right, Mr Livesey, who arranged holidays for boys from the Church, sometimes in Yorkshire and sometimes on the Isle of Man. Othe activities at the church included Band of Hope, Sunday School, Boy's Brigade, men's club, the choir, amatuer dramatics, and excursions. Fred Pearson wrote in his autobiography: ‘It was a big choir of men and boys, perhaps the best in the East End. There were parctices for the boys every Tuesday evening, and for the full choir in church on Fridays. The organist and choir master was a Mr Gardner. He was a musician to his finger tips and got the best out of us. by F. Pearson