I was born at 158 Wiston Road, My sister’s name is Barbara and my brother is Michael, both slightly older then me. I went to all Whitehawk schools from infants to senior, so I guess from 1956 to 1970. The headmaster was Bill Scanes, deputy I think was Mr. Rogers, there wasCobhill, Dirty Birty (bertwhistle), Simons, Wiggy – still thinking who else. I will come up with more names and more stories once I get my brain cells working. I do have trouble remembering my class mates names but here goes, David Redman, Ronnie Davies, Woolgar, Openshaw, Magee. I pretty sure sadly one died with a kite accident and power line, but now I don’t think he was in my class so sad, and John Reeves.
We lived next door to Jennifer Hopkins and Alan Hopkins. Next door down was Mrs. Gunn and Mr. Harding, then the Toners Pat and a few more of them with whom we had constant arguments with as kids do. Kathleen Hussy, Carol and Alan or Alec Hussy lived across from us, as well as Billy Jones who used to practice drums all the time. There were other Dawson families but not related. Up from Jennifer Hopkins was Michael and Jennifer Dawson, their father’s name was George, he often had a drink and then sang a lot walking back from the bus stop.
Safe to play everywhere
I did love my childhood there, yes there were tough days, but more better ones that brought everyone together, and it was safe to play everywhere. If someone was out of sugar, bread or tea you could always rely on a neighbour who would help. I think as a kid I ran down Lintott Avenue a million times to get food for home from the four shops that were down there.
I must say what a fantastic site this is I am so pleased that I found it. Talk about a trip down the old memory lane. I still miss the hot steak and kidney pies at the Broadway café. I will add more but I will see if there is any feed back from here. Happy days indeed.