Born in Tarner Road
I was born in 1 Tarner Road, off Sussex Street and Richmond Street near the top end; it was to the left of the photo just out of sight. I lived there with my Mum and Dad and older brother Len. We moved from there, needing a third bedroom, to 6 Tilbury Way, where I lived until I married in 1964.
Complete absence of traffic
I am on the right of the photo kneeling down; I would have been 8 or 9 years old at the time. As you can see there was no traffic, not one car. As kids we had the Sussex Street Park next to the Tarner Nursery which we all called the ‘creech’ in which to play. On days when we felt more venturesome, we went to Queen’s Park, sometimes taking lemonade made from 1/4 lb of lemonade crystals and water.
Very different in the 1980s
It was great having the entire street to play in. Hopscotch, ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’ and ‘Hide and seek’ were some of the games we played. What a different world, I never felt in danger at any time. Many years later, in the 1980s when I worked at American Express, I considered myself lucky to find a space here. There were cars parked both sides and it was only two streets away.