Memories of Brecon
This photo evokes memories of Brecon when it was a small peaceful market town with little traffic. I find it difficult to imagine now that this street had two way traffic. We had no traffic lights in Brecon then, just a traffic controller at the top of Ship St. Today this scene would be of traffic everywhere, parked cars and lorries and of course it has been one way for very many years. This street is closed to traffic for the May and November fairs by an ancient charter.
I came to Brecon in 1957, I think I had been here in another life as the place was so familiar, it was like coming home. My Army days in Brecon were great, Peg;s Café by the bus station, the café at Camden corner, the café at the top of the hill, the place was brilliant. The people so friendly, Mr & Mrs Price, he worked at the PO and Mrs worked for the Army, then Mrs Hawkins from Talgarth, Beryl in the NAAFI and Molly from Llangynach I think. Wasn't a drinker so never really went to the pubs except the three horseshoes. I used to hitch hike some evenings down the valleys and hike back on the steel lorries, getting lifts was no problem. I have been back to Brecon on occasions and find it has changed but it ...Read full memory
As a child growing up in the mining village of Cwmtwrch in the 1940's and 50's, I enjoyed the family day trips to the cathedral town of Brecon, especially in summer. The public bus would take us from Ystradgynlais to Brecon,a distance of 20 miles passing interesting places such as Craigynos Castle (once owned by the famous ...Read full memory
I was born at 5 Bowen Terrace, Sept 42. My best friend's dad Mr Lewis was an engine driver on the trains at Brecon Station which was opposite our house. I used to ride on the footplate while he was shunting around the goods yard. I went through Cubs and Scouts, and spent many a happy time walking up Pen Y Fan, all the way from ...Read full memory