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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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Ethel ‘Mickey’ Thomson (later Lilley) 1947-48

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Ethel ‘Mickey’ Thomson (later Lilley) and her friend Nell, on an outing in 1947/48. The outing was organised from the bay- windowed shop in Chapel House Street, which was run by Peggy Curtis and her sister who sold groceries. Once a year they ran an outing for customers, friends and neighbours. It was a Sunday trip, and they went to Margate, Ramsgate, Folkestone or Littlehampton.