THE ANTONELLI FAMILY - May Kerr
Francis Antonelli started business in the Dragon's Lair in 1900
with his son. John. John married Adelina (Lena) and their first
child, Dora. was born there but they later moved along to the
other end of the High Street near the foot of Redburn Road.
In 1926 they built the shop and hall and their family grew with
the arrival of Frank. Albert and Peter (Mimi). The hall was sold
to the Ebenezer Chapel in 1937 when the shop at Hawthorn Road
During the war years, Francis was not interned because of his
age but he still had to help out. peeling potatoes and looking
after the chip pans because by this time Frank was in the RAF
and Dora in the WAAFs. When they came home on leave Lena used
to make a little ice cream with real milk. not the regulation
powder variety, and the neighbours were all given a small jar
of this luxury.
In later years, the hall was sold to the RAF Club and then bought
by Lowe's Television. After it closed, the hall lay empty for
many years until it was destroyed by a storm on January 11th 1978.
The business is still being run by the Antonelli family, Albert's
wife and daughter, Joan and Leonora.
This shows the well-loved Ebenezer Gospel Hall on the left
with Antonelli 's shop beside it
A TRIBUTE TO MR & MRS ALEXANDER CAMPBELL May Kerr (Granddaughter)
Mrs Agnes Campbell was well known in Prestonpans, Cockenzie and
Port Scion as Nurse Campbell, District Nurse and Midwife. In the
1920s Auldhammer House in Prestonpans High Street was Nurse Campbell's
Nursing Home, run with the help of her daughter, Esther. No matter
what time of day or night Nurse Campbell answered any call without
delay. Many mothers still remember the care and attention so unselfishly
given during their confinement.
Mr Alexander (Sandy) Campbell was also well known in the district
as Superintendent of the Ebenezer Sunday School situated at the
west end of the High Street. Many a youngster enjoyed hearing
the "Word" and singing the old Gospel choruses. Once
a year every child received a Gospel booklet and looked forward
to the Sunday School Trip.
Mr & Mrs Campbell's contribution to the community was to them
their Christian duty and they will always be remembered for their
hard work, devotion and dedication.