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Caption for Tilbury, The Thames C1960: This is a busy dockside area on the north bank of the River Thames, where tall cranes pierce the skyline. Here we see the 'Vruburgh' from Rotterdam, and dock buildings lining the waterfront. Nearby is the historic Tilbury Fort.

Memories of Tilbury

I am trying to trace William George (born ?Sept 1928) who was born and brought up in Tilbury. His mother was a widow and he played the piano. William was called for National Service in spring/summer 1947 and my mum thinks he went in the Navy. Her last address for him was in Lisbon (Jan 1948). Can anyone remember him? He is my dad.

When I was six, I moved into 'Our Boy's Cafe' with my mother and grandfather. My uncle, aunt and cousin also lived with us in the accommodation above. It was the last cafe of many along Dock Road, Tilbury, so we had to work really hard to build up a good reputation for a varied menu of good home cooking for (...Read full memory)

As far back that I can remember, it was the summer of 1934 when I first started school at St Mary's Roman Catholic School in Calcutta Road. I sat next to a friend that I had made (John Toole) Who later in life emigrated to Canada and was killed on a railway crossing in the early 50's. I recall the first bell that was sounded at (...Read full memory)

For some reason I remember walking by there when I was a kid and thinking how cool everyone looked sitting there drinking their beer....and I can still smell the beer as you walked past.  I am 55 yrs old now and I still have that memory...

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