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Kiln Corner, 1962
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Kiln Corner, 1962

Alan sends in this picture scanned from a slide taken by Andy Wylie, his father in law, in 1962.

Things have changed a lot, with everything on the left, including Jeck Miller's bike showroom, swept aside for the Kiln Corner development.
His petrol station on the right is now the Orkney Wireless Museum. The curving wall and the white fence at the top of the West Pier next the Old Men's Hut have now gone with the road widening and land reclamation at the Shapinsay slip.

This picture shows the scene to the immediate left (or west if you prefer) of
picture 284.
Picture added on 28 September 2004
At the right hand side of the photo, wasn't there a shop that sold vinyl records?

I think that was where I bought my first "record" ... the Allisons "Are You sure" which won the Eurovision Song Contest sometime in the 50s.

A few years later, I bought my dad a single called "In with the in crowd" by the Ramsay Lewis Trio, because he was a decent jazz pianist.

My last purchase (with longer hair and before I left Orkney) was an EP by "Them" ... an Irish band which featured the rock classic "Baby Please Don't Go"

[Steven adds- yes, Jeck Millers (where the Wireless Museum now is) as well as being a bike shop and petrol pumps also had a records department, that seemed to be being maintained as a time capsule for the last 15 or so years of its existence]
Added by Gillies Buchan on 30 November 2004
I remember the shop I also bought a single of richard chamberland in 1967, all i have to do is dreami, i still have it,
Added by Irene Eunson on 06 June 2008
Can anyone identify the brown vehicle on the right? It has a 1947 Edinburgh registration.
Added by Paul Sutherland on 08 June 2008
The brown vehicle might be a Bradford van belonging to Fred Pyle the T.V. repairman .
Added by W.P.Drever on 31 October 2008
This brown van took me eye and I wondered if it was a Bradford but it seemed too wide. Maybe that is just the way the photo hes been scanned.
Faither hid two such vans powered by a flat twin engine and three speed box they were coach built in wood with alumium panels the wood used was I think ash so around the wheel arches it became rotten and the back doors shoogled and clattered.
(Whit an embarisment fur a boy tae step oot o at the pier or the shop)!

Added by John Budge on 01 November 2008
I thought the same John, also had 2 of them I put an Austin 10 side valve engine in one of them .
Added by Jimmy Hamilton on 02 November 2008
Yes my dad worked in it and was the one that got all the good 60s music to Kirkwall. Gary Miller is my dad, Willie Miller my grandad and John Miller my great grandfather.
Added by Keith Miller on 21 December 2011
Jeck Miller's black labrador dog can be seen at the rear of the Hillman Minx being fuelled at John T Miller's pumps
Added by David Tullock on 23 December 2011
We bought our first TV from John Miller and while Jim was on the roof of The Mount awaiting my signal of best picture the news came on to say President Kennedy had been shot and I completely forgot about Jim on the roof so when he arrived in the house to see what had happened to me I was rather embarrassed to say the least. 60 years past.
Added by Marion Cursiter on 06 January 2024
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