Ryan’s Shop

Ryan's ShopThis double image is a postcard and its reverse of ‘Paddy’ Ryan’s shop, once a feature of the Market Place, Loftus. Brought to us by Robert Graham’s granddaughter, the card included details of Robert, but unfortunately no others are mentioned. Can you help?

Ryan’s shop situated in the Market Place, managed it is believed by Mr Robert Graham who features in the image. Robert Graham lived in ”Tin City” at Boulby and arranged a petition (Robert’s letter presented the petition to The Minister of Health (in London)) to prevent the demolition of the village by Loftus Urban District Council in 1935. This image could well date from this time.

??, Robert Graham, ??, ??, ??, ??.

We have however only one name and would appreciate assistance in identifying the others.  Judging by the clothes of the female shop assistants the photograph could have been taken in the 1930s. Any further information would be a bonus.

Image kindly supplied by the Graham family.

Michael Andrew suggests that his father, Edwin, worked in the shop in his youth.  Edwin was born in 1924 and the youth on the left in the image could be as young as 18 or as old as 28, which would give us a date range of 1942 to 1952! Many thanks Michael – rodders