Bracknell, The Crossways c.1965
Memories of Bracknell, the Crossways c1965
Kiddies Corner was great but my favourite treat was a trip to 'The Imp' coffee bar - coloured light panels in the ceiling and an Expresso machine making all the noises ! My mum worked at the Co-op and on Saturdays I would spend a lot of time there - I knew most of the staff and can now safely reveal I think that the jolly Santa in the toy dept ( top floor) was probably the most miserable member of staff during the rest of the year ( according to my mum !) Saturday lunchtimes were spent in The Spinning Wheel Café at the back of Harmsworths ? toy shop across the Zebra crossing in the High Street - anyone else remember that ?!
Memories fade, but I walked down here often and think that on one of these corners was the delightful "Kiddies Korner". Board games stacked high, Action Man and associated bits, Corgi cars, Major Matt Mason Mattell's Man in Space (fantastic allitteration!). Bliss it was to be alive in that time, but to be young, was very heaven!
Memories of Bracknell
One of the old houses - 'Gainsborough' was used as a doctors surgery in early 60's . the name lives on today with the Gainsborough doctors practice in Whitegrove Copse! Down a short lane off Church Road ( over the left shoulder of the photographer) was a very dusty Scout/ Cubs hut used by 1st Bracknell - I used to come home ...Read full memory
Hi Susan , I always thought that Joe Smith was the bookie that done the train trip to the sea side each year , got a packed lunch , and a coin as you said , My wife worked at Thompkins the Bakery , there sun Dave , married Jenny Plumber , they had one other son , Fish and chip shop in Station Road you went up some stairs ...Read full memory
From the newsagents (I believe the name was Crisps, maybe) I delivered morning newspapers on my little scooter - ha!ha! And I saved enough money to buy my first bike at 11. Needed it to get to secondary school.
I remember when they disinterred all the graves prior to demolishing the church- they hung canvas screens in front of the railings and it really spooked me to think of all those bones being dug up ! Allistair Beckett