Dear Sir, Your article on Maltese Buses in the November issue bought back many happy memories, as did the mention of The Gut. I was stationed there in the 1950s with 40 Commando Royal Marines at the St Andrews barracks. Most of the time we were off the island, either at the Troodos mountains in […]
She was known only as Mary the Tinker, and she came to my grandparent’s home twice a year, in summer and winter, in the years after the war. She was probably in her late sixties, about the same age as Granny, but her weathered face showed signs of a hard life, much of it in […]
By the 1950s, the Palace Theatre was the only theatre left in Reading. Despite heated protests it was demolished a decade later and replaced by a new theatre. With one stroke of the architect’s pen, pantomime as we knew it died. The new theatre had a round stage, which did not lend itself to pantomime. […]
Christmas in the 1950s always began with a party. My father worked for a company that produced electric lighting, regarded as a good employer to its few hundred workers. Each year they held a party for employees’ children aged between five and 14. The party was held in the colourfully-decorated canteen on a Saturday afternoon, […]
My Christmas memories are inextricably linked with Woolworths. While Woolworths featured largely in our lives all year in the 1950s, at Christmas it was always first port of call. Wooden floors echoed and large wooden counters towered above the heads of toddlers. At the start of December, a central section of counters was cleared, making […]
I feel very privileged to have been a child of the 1950s, even though that decade is now acknowledged as one of austerity. I’ll try to explain why growing up was fun in those days, and why I’m glad I was around to see them. • The excitement of travelling on trolleybuses, trams, steam trains […]
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