Christmas in December 1952

In the run up to Christmas 1952, the Isle of Wight Mercury reported how some traders in the town had made an excellent job decorating their windows in the Christmas spirit. Sharpe’s department store and Gibbs the outfitters were both noted, however, pride of place went to Spiller’s fruiterers. Another trader who had enlivened the look of the town was Mr W. Gee of Spring Hill Nurseries who had opened a shop on the High Street, just for the Xmas period, to display his chrysanthemum blooms.

For Christmas entertainment, the locally famous ‘Ventucky Minstrels’ were at the Town Hall on 27th and 29th December and if that did not appeal, the Rex Cinema was open daily, except Christmas Day, with films such as ‘King Solomon’s Mines’.

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