Saturday, August 3rd, 1974

          What we’re you doing on Saturday August 3rd in 1974?  I would have been on holiday from the later years of my time in primary school, possibly staying in a caravan in Devon with my family, but it would appear, someone else, who lived in Weymouth, was plumbing a sink in our kitchen.

          The “Bathroom” is still ongoing at our house, it’s almost finished, but our Bathroom man has been doing a little fixing downstairs by the kitchen sink as well which included replacing the waste pipe through the wall to the drain outside.  When the old piece of pipe was removed a ball of crumpled up newspaper fell into the hole and had to be removed before the new pipe would fit through.  The cavity in the wall had been stuffed with The Dorset Evening Echo when the old plumbing had been done.

          What else was happening in Dorset on Saturday 3rd August ….


          HY. DUKE & SON of 74 Thomas Street were selling “All new” houses in the coastal area. 


          Whereas Portland properties were newly available near Easton.  Particularly one modern end terrace house adjoining open fields in a quiet cul-de-sac.  Enjoying a good size side garden.  Rooms:  Large lounge/dining room, rear hall, kitchen, 2 large bedrooms, and bathroom.  Wiring for off-peak *****.  Garage and gardens.  Which the sole agents were selling for just eight thousand, seven hundred and sixty-something pounds.


          COLDHARBOUR HOSPITAL, in Sherborne was trying to recruit CADET NURSES, age 16, and NURSING ASSISTANTS, full or part time.



           A regular and reliable babysitter was required for a 2½-year-old child in the Bradford Peverell area.

          An active pensioner was required for general cleaning duties. Mornings. Good wages for a reliable person. A permanent position at the Marlboro Restaurant.

          A kitchen hand for 3 evenings only. Also waitress, were wanted at Bonkers Bistro. Excellent wages offered for hard workers. 

          Lane and Co were advertising for an audio typist for a chartered accountant in Weymouth.  Salary by negotiation and holiday arrangements honoured.

         Norfolk Hotel were advertising good wages for additional staff and Chambermaid.

         Ricardo Ltd were looking for Carpenters.  Mature and experienced men were required for conversion, maintenance and repair work. Permancy to suitable  men.

          Counter assistants were required for lunch-time and evening duties. Good wages and permanent position were on offer by the Marlboro Restaurant.

          De Parys required an experienced presser.  Full and part-time positions available.

          E V Clarke, a Chemist of 54 South Street Dorchester was advertising for full time sales assistant.

          And a Dorchester firm of auctioneers and estate agents was requiring a junior telephonist / receptionist, with some trying being an advantage.

          Of course, there is just no way I was going to throw away this little piece of screwed up paper with all this information written in it.  I poked about online with Mr Google to see who I could find, without much luck I might add, apart from the Marlboro Restaurant


          The Marlboro Restaurant sits proudly on the corner of St Edmund Street and St. Thomas Street, just before the Town Bridge.  I took a couple of photos when I was next passing and was excited to see the business was established in 1974.  I wonder if these vacant situations were for the first ever cleaner and counter staff.  


          More from before: Semi-retirement by “my seaside” in “Weymouth

4 thoughts on “Saturday, August 3rd, 1974

    • Thanks A.
      I’ve been in touch with the Marlboro and the owners are there most mornings before ten so next week when I’m available in the morning, I’ll drop the advert round to them. 😊

  1. This really isn’t my thing at all and I’d much rather do this privately, but I can’t find an e-mail address, so, for now, I’ll just say, thank you for bringing back some wonderful memories of holidays with my grand-parents in Weymouth during the 60s, 70s and 80s. Goodness, I was so lucky. Indeed, as Adrian Lewis said, a wonderful find.

    • Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment, especially so as its not something you usually do. Let me just assure you your details are never used on my blog.
      I’m glad thd post made you happy, that’s one of the best side effects of saving my memories. If you care to follow the Weymouth link at the end of the post, then you’re more than welcome to smile at any of the other posts on here. 😊 😊 😊

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