That first day at school is very special for the eager youngsters of today. Many will have enjoyed a period of pre-school education during which they will have learned communications skills, basic reading and writing and, most importantly, how to interact with others. Anxious mothers will be reassured of their offsprings’ well-being by diligent staff, […]
The chore I hated most as a child was pumping up water! In the early 1950s our Staffordshire village of Eccleshall received its water supply for washing and drinking from a well. Priming the pump involved pouring water into it to get suction, and once the pumping started you couldn’t stop for a rest or […]
Recently I spent Christmas in my home town of Blackpool. I went to Canada in 1966 but still call Blackpool my home. In the mid-1950s Blackpool was ‘the place’ to visit for vacations. There were two train stations – North and Central -and my family had a jewellery and fancy goods store beside Blackpool Central […]
It sounds dangerous, and it probably was – piles of bricks and rubble, and children climbing precariously through shells of bomb-damaged houses. Nowadays they might be called adventure playgrounds. This was London in the aftermath of the Blitz. My sister Hazel and I spent many happy childhood hours among this shattered background. In those early […]
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