I have just visited the website and was pleased to see the reference to the shop where I was born in Thurcroft in 1945.
Harry Kennen was my grandfather.
Kennen’s was the first shop in the village of Thurcroft and every conceivable type of merchandise was stocked from groceries to pit tools.
My mother, Daisy, pictured here, standing outside the shop. She ran the shop until 1956.
Daisy married George Yeardley from Whiston in 1937 and the shop was renamed Yeardley’s.
Before opening the shop my grandparents kept the lodging house for the navvies who were sinking the pit and were later prominent in the establishment of Thurcroft church.
told by John Yeardley March 2008