Memories of the 1950s
“When I was a child in the 1950’s, Preston Park was surrounded by huge trees, most of which were blown down in the October 1987 storm. Sometimes we went out for a walk from school – walking in pairs in a crocodile – up Harrington Road, along Harrington Villas, round beside the cycle track and into the Park near the churchyard.
Seas of fallen leaves
We might return along the road at the top of the Park. It was well-rutted and, in autumn, covered in “seas” of fallen leaves which we would kick along (and be told off for it). On summer afternoons, we would go to the Park with mum and meet friends (with their mums) by the Chalet to play.
Fizzy drinks at The Chalet
The Chalet would sell fizzy drinks (7-Up was my favourite) and the more daring among us would ask for an ice-cream soda. You could watch the red and green buses processing slowly along the London Road past the “Gardens of Greeting” competition flowerbeds.There wasn’t very much other traffic on the main road in those days!”