31 December 2007
I am guessing that this very grand occasion with everyone dressed in their finery was the annual summer outing of the optical firm that my grandfather worked for before starting out on his own. I believe that my grandfather, Sydney Howard, is the eighth person from the right standing at the back. As he started out on his own around April 1914 then this picture was taken before that date. Note the charabanc on the left of the picture - presumably hired especially for the outing. Although they probably referred to it as a charabanc it is more likely a double decker bus.