Bill Green is one of Guernsey’s best loved characters, and here we follow his life and times.
Born in Fountain Street, St Peter Port on 19th August 1909, in the flat above Hubert’s Seed Merchants. In a time when youths ran barefoot, men without hats were considered improperly dressed and women in their long dresses and bonnets were part of the Edwardian scene.
The sound of a barrel organ, the rhythmic beat of horses hooves, clatter of wheels on cobbled streets, whistling of errand boys, cries of French onion sellers and the chatter of islanders in patois all contributed to the centuries old atmosphere of St Peter Port. A decade before the Great War Guernsey had a surprising number of leisure attractions. Concerts in St George’s Hall, the bandstand in Candie Gardens, cycle clubs and the swimming clubs at the Valette pools, despite being segregated, were popular.
Explore with him (through over 300 pages) the days of cobbled streets and horse-drawn wagons, suffer the German Occupation, rejoice in liberation and share in the full life of this patriotic Guernseyman.
By William Mather Bell