Grandparents won the pools
My grandparents lived at 27 Bennett Road. They had a big Rover car which they bought when they won a lot of money on the football pools. My brother Paul has the old cheque that I think they were given as a memento. With the winnings they bought my mum’s house in Reading Road and my auntie’s house in Arundel Street. They also bought my uncle his house but he moved away. Bennett Road in those days seemed so wide, especially as there were no cars on the roads in then. My grandparents had a big Alsatian dog called Yogi, after Yogi Bear.
Left over cakes for a penny
Rugby Road, the next one down, had a great fish and chip shop on one corner, and the bakers on the other corner. You could go in first thing in the morning and buy left over cakes for a penny. My brother-in-law worked in the garage that was at the north end of Rifle Butt Road. I remember my class at St Mark’s School had a school trip to the bakers at the south end. We were taken down to the basement where the oven was. And the smell of bread baking is making my mouth water even now.
Fun without money
Me and my brothers, and our friends, would walk down Rifle Butt Road on the way to Black Rock. If you were brave, you climbed into the graveyard. And was it Andrew’s Removal Storage at the top end somewhere? We also used to play in ‘that old bomb site’ as we called it. What great days. You could go out and have fun without any money. Great memories.