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Growing Up In Fitzgerald St

A Memory of Bradford

Oh the good old days !!!
From 1938 to 1976, when we emigrated to Canada, I remember the places talked about in the other peoples memories having lived in Fitzgerald St until they tore it all down. I remember Paisley St, Grafton St, Earl St, Stirling St etc. When I was old enough to drink we used to go to the Princess Alice pub in Grafton St.
Other memories were the Western cinema in Park Rd, trying to sneak in after the first house emptied, and also playing "tin can squat" when we didn't have a ball.
Riding up and down Manchester Rd on the front upstairs of the tram, we used to pay a halfpenny to Smiddles Lane rec.
How times have changed, and I'm not sure for the better.
Harry Blott (Canada)

A memory shared by Harry Blott , on Mar 17th, 2008.

Comments & feedback

Sat May 16th 2015, at 9:39 pm

mikejohn1dooley commented:

Hello Harry Blott.
Bradford as you more than likely know has all been tore down.
All the best buildings torn down and replace with steel and concrete.Rubbish.What was built in the 60s has all gone,and.
square boxes erected.
I was born in College Road in 1941 and now live in Ireland.I visit
Bradford every year still have family there.
Would you have known a Keith Lambe he lived around the collage
road area.I am trying to contact him he now lives in Allerton.
I'm doing Geneology and I hope he can help me some Questions
about the area of Collage Road and Surrounding Street's.I left Collage Road in 1948,and returned to Bradford in 1955.
Come back to Ireland in 1965,been here since.
The Good old Day's of Bradford gone but not for gotten.
Regards Mick Dooley.

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