My aunt, Mabel Catling, worked at the Duke of York all her working life. She started when she was 15, and died on the steps there when she was 65. She was known as “Auntie Mabel” to many children.
Her father Fred worked there as a doorman after he retired from the railway fire brigade. The photographs here say ‘Glenister & Company’ on the back, and show the period when afternoon tea was served by beautifully attired staff.
The staff in the bouquet photo are named as Mrs A Wilson and Mr Tom Weller (known as Tom Mix). It was taken in 1962 on the occasion of Mabel’s 40th working year there.