Putting a name to a face

It’s always nice to receive a message from someone who can identify one of the sugar girls in the pictures we have here in the Gallery section of the website, since many of these women are unknown to us.  A little while ago we received the following message from a woman who recognised her mother on the cover of this edition of the company magazine, Tate & Lyle Times.  Her name was Ivy Tree, and she is on the right of the picture.

Ivy’s daughter wrote to us:

My mother started work for “Lyles’s” when she was 15 years of age and was a “Sugar Girl” who worked at the Plaistow Wharf. She worked in the syrup filling dept and she was 19 years of age when the picture was taken on a “beano” at Southend. The girl in the middle I think was a friend of my Mother’s called Frannie Bates. I have an original edition of this magazine plus another one with my parents wedding photo in. My Father also worked there in the Liquor Room, I think.

My wonderful Granddad whose name was George Tree was a Chef in the staff canteen for about 30-35 years. His brother Harry Tree worked in the spun sugar refining dept as well as being a factory fireman, and President of the Social Club for a number of years.

My sister and I have lots of wonderful childhood memories of the Social Club, the dances and the Children’s Christmas Parties!

If you can identify any more of the women pictured here on the website, do get in touch at sugargirlsbook@hotmail.co.uk.