Earning my pocket money
I lived at Robertson Road, in the late forties to early fifties.We lived next door to the dog’s home and my parents were friendly with the vet and his wife, a Mr and Mrs Gardener. I used to do a paper round for Mr Boswood across the road from me. I also in the mornings, used to fill an old barrow up with papers, and take them up to Preston Park Station to sell. We had a trestle table that was kept in a room up on the station and I used to set it up outside the entrance at the top of Clermont Road. The commuters used to come running up the road as the train was coming in and just throw their money on the table, grab a paper and not wait for their change, I made a lot of pocket money doing that.
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Sledging down The Drove
In the winter if we had any snow, we used take our sledges up to the top of The Drove, or ‘Black Hill’ as we called it, and come zooming down and under the arch in South Road. You certainly could not do it these days. I remember doing my mum’s shopping at White and Wilsons grocer’s shop and Terry Turnbull’s butcher’s shop. I also remember ‘Soft Water Laundries’; they had a chute for the baskets to slide down. Of course that was just too much temptation so we boys used to slide down there for fun.
Andy Grant wrote a piece about the dogs’ home for some while ago, which can be found here
Do you remember?
Did you live in Robertson Road? Do you remember the ‘dogs’ home’ now the PDSA? What other shops do you remember? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.