Irby, Wartime Posters At The Post Office c.1940

Memories of Irby


The Anchor Inn was one of my Mum and Dad's favourite haunt.  When my husband and I were courting in 1984 we went in one evening and there was a gentleman (quite inebriated) perched on a stool, cigarette in one hand and a whisky in the other. He fell backwards, stool and all, and landed with cigarette and glass of whisky still intact clutched in his hands.

The butchers shop indeed was Simisters, it was run and owned by Bob Simister, a good friend of my dad. Bob on retiring from being a butcher ran a taxi service from his home on Irby Road, I used him frequently when I was home on leave from the army to run me to Lime Street. There was also a fruit and veg shop called (...Read full memory)

The shop seen first on left was owned by a Mr.Mathews and was the new paper shop (newsagents). A handful of young boys including myself and a couple of girls used to deliver the newspapers on bicycles to the local community. The previous shop was more like an old shed. Irby was a lovely peaceful little village.

My goodness this brings back memories! I grew up in Irby and we lived in Oaklea Road from the late 40’s to the late 60’s – I’m now a true blue Aussie having lived in Queensland since the mid 70’s but about to revisit Irby in September this year – guess I’ll notice a few changes! I remember – Constantines the grocers (...Read full memory)

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