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A conversation with Peter Brew about his enormously varied life and work in Douglas, Pulrose and Laxey.

Born 3 March 1940, Peter's first bed was on King Street, central Douglas, though they the family soon moved out to Pulrose. After Peter had seen out his school years, he leapt into full-time employment at the earliest opportunity.
He was a butcher, serving his time with Henry Kelly of Princes Avenue, Douglas, before eventually taking over himself and setting up a shop also by the bridge in Laxey and as a mobile butcher working around the Lonan area and beyond.
Peter's other varied jobs include working with the Harbour Board in Douglas, at the Swing Bridge, as a diver (including working with explosives under water), a driver for the Lieutenant Governor and a Special Constable with the police.
Key throughout his life was Peter's enormous amount of voluntary work, with the Coast Guard and with the Scouts, including leading the 1st Douglas Scouts for decades, before retiring only relatively recently.

This oral history interview with Peter Brew was recorded by James Franklin on 15 June 2022.
Also present in the interview is Colin Brew, Peter's son.


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  • Peter Brew interviewed by James Franklin (15 June 2022)

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