Mr Islwyn Thomas
Years in the Village 89
"Siop Ganol....yes......I worked there for 18 years.
I was originally a grocery/errend boy at I.P.Jones' shop in the 1930s.....I was just like Granville from "Open all Hours"
|Islwyn as a boy, holding Iola Jones ( daughter of I.P.Jones)|
The lady is Auntie Winnie ( wife of Jack Garreg Llwyd)
|Siop Ganol in 2010|
You would start every morning at 8.30 sharp.
Every morning you would get a duster and you would be there until half past nine dusting every item in the shop....tins....EVERY single item!
Then at half past nine you would have your book (there was two of us, Hwyl Jones was the other boy) and you would go around the whole village...You would write done everything you had available in the shop in your book ( to remember them isn't it?) then go around all of the houses.
I had this part of the village, Hwyl had the Erw Wen part....we would collect all of the orders ready for the afternoon delivery.
Mr Jones would deliver to the houses over at the Marian Tuesdays and Fridays by horse and cart. We delivered our stuff by bicycle...come rain, come sleet and come snow...
Blinking eck..we were busy"
|A rare photograph from the Magazine "Today" which was published around 1952|
Islwyn is the chap on the left packing the groceries