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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Memories of "The Hollingdrake Block"

Hi Bob and a Happy new Year to you, your family and your greater blog family. Seeing Normands pic of John Riley in the barbers chair in the Hollingdrake complex building brings back a lot of memories and reinforces the old adage of "everything old is new again". Back in the forties and fifties that building housed three Hollingdrake businesses. At the east end was Hollingdrakes meat Market,operated by George's father Eric and at the west end of the building was Hilda's restaurant operated by Eric's sister. In a part of the restaurant site Eric's brother "Bud" operated the only bona fide barbershop in town. Other people,namely Mr Biel cut peoples hair , but "Bud the Barber" owned the only official tonsorial parlour. Of particular note was the fact that all three families lived upstairs above the businesses,Bud and his family of four,Hilda and her son Neville and Eric ,his wife and five children. All in separate units. Not hard to understand why the building is still called the Hollingdrake complex. JMcC PS to Normand-- is Angelo's in the west end of the building?

Thanks John McC

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