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Southend? 1920s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


A weekend by the sea, usually Southend, was a favourite recreation for these girls who all worked at the sack factory, Levy Brothers & Knowles, 58a Westferry Road (opposite Malabar Street). Back row, left to right, Daisy Thomas, Rosie - . Ada Ward, Dorothy - . Front row: Rosie Martin, Ruth Draper, Sophie - , and Winnie Thomas. ‘Return fare from Bromley by Bow in 1920 was two shillings and threepence, and bed and breakfast could be had for half-a-crown. We’d go down on a Saturday and come back on the Sunday. When you came out of the station the landladies would be there waiting. All we’d say is we want to be together. Once there were seven of us and we all ended up in one room! When we came down for breakfast she’d got a great big dinner plate stacked high with rashers of bacon in the middle and eggs all the way round the side, and a big white enamel jug of tea. They were a cheery lot of girls.’