Woolies & Fire Brigade Party 1963

By Jim Hollands

This is a ‘Gem’ from the “Rye’s Own Film Archive” – So many great Rye Characters , these were the people who made this town ‘tick’ over the years from the 40’s and in some cases up to the present time.

Rye’s great volunteer firemen who have always been known to be among the best fire fighters in Sussex and Kent. They fought the terrible Central Garage Fire, the Supermarket fire that could have taken half the High Street with it and in much later times the blaze at Rye Harbour that is still on record as being the biggest blaze ever in East Sussex.

Among those at this amazing party can be seen Alf Redmond, Bobbie Edwards, Arthur Tillman and a very young Bob Rogers.

The Woolworth ladies were a wonderful gang too. Many spent their whole working life in the well loved store we all knew so well. And Dora Sims who wrote articles for Rye’s Own and the Sussex Express

It has been my privilege to know many of these wonderful people. I am sure this small piece of film will bring back many memories of those not with us any more, and pleasure to those that are still around.

From the “Rye’s Own Film Archive” Released Wednesday 14 October 2015

“Rye’s Own” June 2015 Issue (Hard Copy Back Numbers Still Available)
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