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Did Aviator Amy Johnson Pay a Flying Visit to Scarborough?

Greensmith and Thackwray

A Scarborough coffee shop owner is hoping that someone can shed light on a photograph taken near his premises which appears to feature legendary Hull aviator Amy Johnson.

Jack Siddons, who co-owns Greensmith and Thackwray on St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, with Josh Kermode, is assembling a collection of vintage photographs of the former ‘Indian and Colonial Outfitters’ which he plans to display in the coffee shop.

One shows a woman who appears to be wearing a flying helmet in the centre of crowds near Greensmith and Thackwray, probably in the 1930s. It was given to him by regular customer Janet Hastie, a descendant of the Lobb family, who owned the original shop.

Photo centre: Woman, believed to be Amy Johnson, at centre
of crowds near Greensmith & Thackwray
Jack says:
"Janet told us that she believes the woman is Amy Johnson, and judging by other pictures we’ve found online, it certainly looks like her. But we can find no reference to her ever visiting Scarborough, although it looks as though she really drew the crowds! We’d love to know for certain if it is her and, if so, when and why she was here."
Hull-born Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was a pioneering English aviator who set many long-distance records during the 1930s. Her death has been the subject of much speculation, but the most likely explanation is that she bailed out as her aircraft crashed into the Thames Estuary after, it’s believed, running out of fuel. Her body was never recovered.

Gentleman’s outfitters Greensmith and Thackwray was founded in North Yorkshire in the 1850s and had shops in Scarborough, Harrogate and other towns across the county. The Scarborough shop was the town’s longest-established retail outlet, closing in 1990.

The iconic gold-on-black signage outside the shop is listed – when Jack and Josh opened their coffee shop in late 2014, they decided to keep the name.

Anyone who has any information on the Amy Johnson picture can email Jack email

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