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Digital Gallery Images

The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Alpha Road

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Island History Trust Image Collection


This car belonged to Mrs Eliza Lilley of Alpha Road. She bought it, about 1929, as part of a business venture. Her idea was that the men in the family would use the car to collect and deliver laundry. In better times they worked as ship repairers. They only lasted two weeks, then refused to handle any more dirty washing. So the car was then used for family outings. Mrs Lilley also ran a loan club for family and friends. At the wheel, Arthur Scatliffe; next to him, Jack Lilley; leaning on car, Lesley Spence; in the back, Eliza Jane Lilley, with Charles Ronald Ottey on her lap; next to her is Mary Spence, the other child is Ken Spence. Donated by Mrs P.Machell