At school in the 1950s
On Preston Road, opposite Preston Park, stood many large houses. One of these was on the south corner of Lovers Walk, number 165 I think. This building was for many years a private boarding school named ‘Preston College’.
The uniform (in the early 1950s when I was there) was a bright red blazer with green and white edging. I was told that red was chosen so that the teachers could easily spot us if we were playing in the park. I remember sitting on the top of the fire escape on summer evenings and looking out over the park.
I was staggered when 23 years later I was sent by my employers to work at a client’s place and found that their office, ‘Paston House’, was built on the site of the old school and I was looking out over exactly the same view! I suppose one day I should book a night at the Travel Lodge which now stands there and witness the same thing again. That would be a kind of ‘déjà vu’ with a vengeance.