I commenced work for Crussels as a Saturday boy when I was 11 years of age (1945) which was during the rationing era, and I think I received 2 shillings (10p) per week.
As far as I can remember Crussels remained there for about a year after I started and then they sold out to a Mr White (sorry I can’t remember his initials) and he stayed for approximately 2 years, and that was when Mr Gallacher purchased the business. Mr Gallacher was in the Merchant Navy during the war, employed as a ship’s butcher.
Adjoining Castle Lane there were a row of buildings which were originally an abattoir, but they were not in use at the time I was there, so they must have been used before the second world war.
Mr & Mrs Gallacher had 2 daughters. Elizabeth, who married one of the Stibbard family (undertakers) and Susan, whom I last remember as Mrs S Laysell of Raymonds Drive Thundersley. It is many years since I have had contact with either of them.
The second picture is a photo of Gallacher’s Butchers shop similar to the one in the book, but with Billy Pasfield, myself and Mr Gallacher in the mid-1950s.