The French Collection

They certainly knew how to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1970 with jars of Darley’s Ale from the famous old Thorne Brewery.

This photograph is one of thousands taken by Derrick French during more than a decade as Bells Editor in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and as such forms part of a unique social history of Isle life.

We are indebted to former Bells employee Ron Shipley, of Westwoodside, who has provided much information about the content of our pictures.