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Bury St Edmunds Robert Boby photo appeal – do you recognise any of these faces?





Do you recognise any of the faces in this picture of a group outing of workers from a long-gone firm in Bury St Edmunds?

Colin Green shared the photograph he was given of employees ready to leave the Robert Boby St Andrew’s Street works and believes it may be from the late 1940’s or 1950’s.

Mr Green used to work at the ironmonger’s factory and was featured in the Bury Free Press last month with his memories of the firm and Barber Greene.

A group outing ready to leave from the Robert Boby St Andrew's Street works in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Colin Green
A group outing ready to leave from the Robert Boby St Andrew's Street works in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Colin Green

He said: “I recognise a couple of faces – the late Willie Mizen, who ran the old Village Football League for many years, standing centre of the three men at the back wearing glasses. I believe third in from the right is the late Eric Pryke from the accounts department. They were both still working there when I started in 1961.”

Mr Green has also provided an image of two mementoes from Barber Greene England’s 1977 and 1983 dealer management conferences.

Barber Greene was based in Western Way, manufacturing Asphalt plants.

The Barber Greene 1977 dealer management conference. Picture: Colin Green
The Barber Greene 1977 dealer management conference. Picture: Colin Green
The Barber Greene 1983 dealer management conference. Picture: Colin Green
The Barber Greene 1983 dealer management conference. Picture: Colin Green

Robert Boby shut in March 1973 and Barber Greene’s Suffolk factory, then in Saxham, closed in June 1988.

Mr Green's parents used to run The Blackbirds pub in Bury St Edmunds and a feature about the lost venue can be read here.

If you recognise any of the people in the Robert Boby picture, email paul.derrick@iliffepublishing.co.uk