Friday, April 02, 2021


Brigg memories have kindly been shared with us by the Instone family, whose well-known grocery business on Wrawby Street is fondly remembered by many people today. The pictures include a rare view of some of Brigg's post-war prefabs, long since demolished.
Tony Instone, educated at Brigg Grammar School in the late 1960s and early 1970s, has supplied information taken from his father Eddie's scrapbooks.
Describing himself today as "an exile", Tony finds Brigg Blog useful when it comes to keeping in touch with what's going on in the town today; he also follows our "historical stories."
Tony has kindly supplied his own memories to accompany the images, as follows...



This is a photo of the Brigg Wolf Cubs (before they became Cub Scouts) in probably 1965. It was a ‘theme day’ (before theme days were invented) based on space; hence many of the cubs dressed in their home-made space suits and with their space vehicles. You might recognise a number of people from our year at Brigg Grammar, he tells Brigg Blog, including Paul Slater (second right). The photo is also interesting as you can see the prefabs that were still in use in Elwes Street at that time.


This is another cub scout photo… 1965/66... the newspaper tag line under the photo is Brigg Scouts and Cubs at a stall at their coffee party and carol concert.

We still await the return of live entertainment at our local theatres, cinemas or even in local pubs when lockdown measures are removed. These two photos are of the Glanford Players who, along with Brigg Operatic and (Joan Dodd’s) Children’s Theatre School produced plays, light operas and musicals for the people of Brigg and the surrounding village... often at the Corn Exchange, but also at Glanford and Westmoor schools.

Possibly 1962 - a play ‘Home at Seven’ with a few well-known local amateur dramatists including Ernest Urry, Raymond Barker, Audrey Good, Vic Parker and my father Eddie Instone.

Glanford Players' Silver Jubilee production in 1963 ‘A Man for All Seasons’ about Henry VIII and Sir Thomas Moore who was played by Ernest Urry.


PICTURE MONTAGE AT THE TOP: Two views of Instone's shop and successful verse speaking competitors from Brigg Music & Drama Festival in 1965 at the Corn Exchange. Among those featured are Tony Instone, Jane Kitching (now a town councillor) and a future Brigg blogger.