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295) Harry Potter  Male
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Monday, 18 July 2016 10:38 PM Host: Send E-mail

Does anyone remember Harry Potter’s Tattoo shop at the bottom of the High Street. 1957 - 1974? Must be a few old customers still about.

Webmaster and owner. Send E-mail Tuesday, 19 July 2016 12:09 AM
HI Harry thanks for posting here. I certainly do remember his shop it was on the right hand side near the bottom of the hill as you walk down towards the river. It had some great designs in the window, even though I never had a tattoo myself I could spend quite a bit of time looking at what he could do.
It used to be a stop off for many crew members of ships that visited Gravesend.

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Harry Potter Send E-mail Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:34 AM
Hi Host. My first visit to Gravesend was in 1949 when I was at HMS Pembroke in Chatham after finishing my training for the RN. Being my home port for the next eight years whenever any ship I served in returned I would get the bus from Chatham which would usually be packed with matelots of for a weekend or few days leave. We would belt en masse down the High Street to catch the ferry over to Essex. Services fare then was about sixpence. I started tattooing aboard the cruiser Cleopatra out in Egypt in 1952, and on completion of my time in the navy, and awaiting demob, I spotted an empty shop toward the bottom of the High Street, No 81, No 81, and decided to try the tattooing as a living. Tattooists were few and far between in those days. Rent for the shop was £2 per week. Rates? Nothing to worry about unlike today. I actually opened about two weeks before leaving the navy. Stopping off for a couple of hours on the way home to Essex. And there I stayed until 1974 when I had to move out to make way for re development I then moved to Dock Road Tilbury. My customers were
local lads, merchant seamen from all over, the local army garrison, and others from all over Kent and Essex. Busy times. I would be very pleased to hear from any old customers or acquaintances from those times.

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