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Peter Drever & Bianca
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Peter Drever & Bianca

Peter Drever (Drever & Boyes, Stromness) pictured on the steps in front of Jacob's Buildings in Dundas Street. He used this building as a store for his Licenced Grocer across the road. Bianca, the cat, belonged to Frazer Dixon who lived just down the road, but was a frequent visitor to the shop. I worked for Peter from leaving school in 1975 until his retirement and shop closure in 1984 - a better boss I could not have wished for! He gave me my first camera, a Brownie 126, with which this photo was taken. Peter's hearty laugh was well known in the town, and could be heard when climbing Porteous' Brae!
Picture added on 11 February 2007
I too worked for Peter 1967 to 1970 fond memories
especially stock taking days in the booze store
what a laugh it was
Added by Hazel Walker(Nee Merriman) on 16 September 2012
that's where my dad was born - the MacInneses lived in that store with 9 kids!
Added by Morag MacInnes on 21 September 2012
Thats interesting Morag, when would that have been?
Added by Hazel Walker on 24 September 2012
dad was born there 1922 . His father worked for the Pole Star. Not sure when they came to Orkney, but can find out from my sis!

Added by Morag MacInnes on 24 September 2012
Morag as far as I can remember, was only 4 at the time, my dad took over the shop and store in 1948. Shut the shop in 1984 and sold the store sometime in the 90s.
Added by Brian Drever on 26 September 2012
Gosh! we learn something new every day, I wonder how they got the name Jacobs building.
Added by Hazel Walker(Nee Merriman) on 26 September 2012
really nice to remember this!
Yes these date are aboot right
Added by Morag MacInnes on 01 October 2012
Just been in touch with Mum who reckons Peter bought shop and house in 1947 from her stepdad Murdo MacKenzie who ran it as a fish shop.
Added by Hazel Walker on 02 October 2012
My maternal grandparents, Ned and Isabella Sutherland, lived in Jacob's Buildings in the early 1940s. My brother Ken was born there in September 1940.
Added by Mike Clouston on 13 December 2015
MY Great uncle Peter I remember as a good hearted kind man very like my gran Peggy he liked a laugh
Added by Eileen Flanagan on 20 April 2018
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