Just one coal fire
The winter months were always freezing in Whitehawk. The houses were not well insulated and it was quite common for the pipes to freeze and then burst, necessitating a visit from the plumber. Our only heating was from a coal fire in the lounge so there were frequent visits from the coal man who had to come through the kitchen to get to the coal cellar. Also the lavatory was outside and there was no lighting there. You just took a candle with you.
Showered with presents
Christmas was always a special time for me. I had lots of aunts and uncles, so I was literally showered with presents. It would be a grand gathering of the family with the adults playing cards into the early hours of the morning and me playing with my new ‘Meccano’ set. This was a time when very few people had a television and we made our own entertainment. Also, Christmas was usually the only time of the year when you had chicken for dinner. A favourite food for most of the year would be rabbit.
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My favourite radio shows
Most houses had a radio of course and there were certain programs that you looked forward to and would not want to miss. For me it was ‘Journey into Space’ at 7pm on Monday night. I can still remember that eerie music! Then there was ‘Take it from Here’ on Thursday night with Jimmy Edwards and Ron and Eff. Sunday lunchtime was the ‘Billy Cotton Band Show’ then ‘Educating Archie’, a ventriloquist on the radio but it did not seem odd somehow.