A Forfar institution

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MEMBERS of the Forfar and District U3A were taken on a trip back through three generations in the history of Jarvis Brothers.

Charles Jarvis gave a fascinating talk on the origin and evolution of the business.

Prior to the opening of the first shop in Castle Street his grandfather and great uncle were packmen.

They took their wares of fabrics, threads and haberdashery to the rural communities.

Starting with a small shop in Castle Street the business moved to larger premises. The final move was to the current custom-built shop which opened in 1982.

At one time thirty seamstresses and eight tailors worked on the premises as most of the garments sold were bespoke.

Charles Jarvis joined the business in 1965, having completed his training as a chartered accountant.

The story of how Jarvis Brothers continued to trade through the wars, inflations, deflations and recessions was a salutary tale well told.