Making a film in the 1960s
I remember in the early sixties when a film was being made at the tennis courts in Preston Park with Hayley Mills as a teenage star. The chalet was used as the place where the cast and crew gathered, costumed, ate their meals. I spent a great deal of time in the park over a number of years in my childhood, as my mum managed the Rotunda Cafe at the other end of the park. The park-keepers looked out for me, and I knew a lot of the lawn bowlers.I knew virtually every inch of the park then, I must have had the biggest playground any kid could wish for every day of my holidays.
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A magical place
I have very happy memories of those days. As I got a little older I was allowed to venture over the road to the Rockery; as long as I did not cross the road alone. I thought that place was magical, with all the stepping stones and weeping willows, goldfish and birds. The gardens north of Preston Park had a pet cemetery, a blind garden (every plant was highly scented for the blind to appreciate) and two, or maybe three, enormous rectangular fishponds. I think this was all part of Preston Manor. I live in South Australia now but I have such very happy memories of those days.