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Did you mean that the last carnival was in 1990? The last Canvey Carnival was 2000.

By Shirley Coates
On 06/04/2008

Thanks for this correction Shirley - It seems so long ago!

By David Bullock
On 06/04/2008

An interesting read. I live on Canvey and have done so since 1958. I often bought my toiletries from Michelle's when it was opposite the War Memorial Hall. It was a surprise for me to see the reference to Raich Carter as Raich was my grandfather's cousin. I was born near Sunderland and my maiden name was Carter. I married into the Whitcomb family on Canvey.

Olivia Whitcomb

By Olivia Whitcomb
On 07/06/2008

Stumbled on this website and remembered dancing for Queenie, does anyone remember singing "if I was not upon the stage" and "Canvey on Sea "?

By hayley gover
On 09/06/2008

How wonderful to see a great site for Canvey.  I left there many years ago now but have fond memories, and Michelle, well I grew up with her almost, we have been in touch.. I played in many a show with her and panto, well done all.

By carol letchford (Hills)
On 05/11/2008

Haha, this is werird, Queenie was my nan,,
I was looking for Saturday jobs on Canvey and I stumbled upon this.
If you look at the the last picture of the line up were it says Kevin Gray, thats my dad. It made me laugh.
If anyone has any pictures of my nan would you please send them to, or if you knew her, please email me :)

thanks, Frankie Gray

By Frankie Gray
On 30/01/2009

Does anybody remember my father, Sid Palmer and his brother and thier clothes shop, Athony Charles, Formerly Alf Harleys opp the Gas board in the 70s and 80s.
Sadley Alfie has passed away, but Sid is still going.

By George Palmer
On 23/01/2010

Hi George - Try asking on the forum too - good luck!

By David Bullock
On 23/01/2010

Hi I certainly do remember Sid and Alf Harley's shop on the corner of Furtherwick and Lionel roads. I bought my first suit off the peg there--£9. They also had a shop in the high street. Regards Sparrow

By sparrow
On 22/02/2011

I am sorry to report that Dick Woodhouse died on the 1st November aged 99.

By Janet Penn
On 08/11/2012

George! if your birthday is 22nd February 1961 you were born the same day as our son, Thanks to Nurse Robson.

I remember 'ALF HARLEYS' when it was in the High street, my husband and I used to get our suits made there. They went from there to the corner of Lionel Rd.....Happy Days.

By Val Court
On 12/10/2014

Hi Yes! I remember Sid Alfie and John Palmer very well,I actually worked a couple of times in the shop on Canvey Island,I was based mainly at the Plumstead Alf Harley and son,where I worked with Alf Harley and his wife Kitty,Alf Palmer and John Palmer used to travel to Plumstead quiet regular,I can still picture Alf Palmer in his Morris 1100 and John in his VW Beetle,I also attended a Ladies night with them all,I tried to contact Alf Palmer a number years ago,when I remember he lived in Larup Ave,but found out he had moved,I worked for Alf Harley and son for about 14 years,I am sure Sid would remember me, Ray Cooper

By ray cooper
On 27/07/2016

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