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Maxwells shop at The Brig - now Frozen Food Centre
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Maxwells shop at The Brig - now Frozen Food Centre

Albert Maxwell was a prominent Kirkwall businessman who owned and ran a general merchants shop at 'The Brig' - now the Frozen Food Centre.
The business was taken over by Bertie Robertson from Robertson's shop in St Margarets Hope in the mid-1950's. My father, Wilbert Thomson took it over around 1960 - see seperate photos.

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Picture added on 17 July 2007
Albert`s older sister, Clara Maxwell was my maternal Grandmother. I remember the shop when it was still run by Albert. The family lived `over the shop`.
Added by Clare on 26 November 2008
Sorry to really spoil your day Clare but we must be related. My grandmother was a cousin of Albert. I do remember a little about him in the shop but only just. Did he stay with his sisters ? Were they called Edith and Alice or did i dream that?
Added by Jim Cooper on 26 November 2008
You are quite right. Alice and Edith were the youngest of five girls. Albert had Three older brothers. He was the baby of the family. I have lots of old Orkney family photos which I am in the process of sorting through. Amongst them, I found one of Rhoda (aged 21 months, (Iona), who I am now in touch with. She spoke of Ernest Cooper.
Added by Clare on 27 November 2008
Rhoda is a bit more than 21 months now. She comes up to Orkney for a holiday most years now since she retired. She always comes along to visit us. The Ernest she spoke of was my uncle.
Added by Jim Cooper on 29 November 2008
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