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First Show House

My grandparents (now deceased) owned the first show house on the Clifton Estate. They had a picture with the mayor at the time which we have somewhere. The house was on Farnborough Road. I think it was 1951 or thereabouts.

I lived at Southchurch Court in the early 1970s then Conifer Crescent for a year before moving to West Bridgford in 1975.

Clifton is ok! J

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Diamond Anniversary

St Giles Church c1965, West Bridgford
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My parents, June Delicia Hancock and V. Neville Wright, now living in London, were married at St. Giles Church, West Bridgford, on 3rd April 1948 and are celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary this week.

I Found my Wonderful Wife in West Bridgford

Central Avenue c1965, West Bridgford
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In September 1952 I was on my way to what was then French Indo China, now Vietnam. I was introduced to a young lady whilst in Nottingham visiting my parents. The date was September 19th. The meeting was 'arranged' by an old student friend and was in fact a 'blind date' The young lady lived on Crosby Road, West Bridgford, number 42 if I remember correctly, the house was also named Naini Tal. The meeting turned out to be a case of love at first sight and three weeks later I proposed to Grace. We were both 23 years old and despite the misgivings of both parents we married on January the 14th 1953. Eventually I returned to the RAF having cancelled my trip to the far east (I'm not stupid!). Grace and I remained married for the next 57 years, produced three great sons and in 1974, as a civilian with severe spinal injuries (thank you RAF), we were invited to relocate to Australia. I was by then a... Read more

Diamond Wedding

St Giles Church c1965, West Bridgford
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My parents, Joyce Richmond, daughter of 'Tich' Richmond, cricketer & Peter Browne were also married at St. Giles Church on the 3rd April 1948.

Chambers Packaging

After leaving an on site job as a sparky I started working at Chambers packaging in the early 1980s. My grandmum (Dorris) and grandad (Ernie) had worked there before me and I joined my dad and uncle working there . The equipment for the most part was pre-1930s but in the mix was state of art robot gluer from Holland, the Jargenburge was named after the Princess of Wales and doubled the turnover of carton production. The sale of the land round the factory proved to be short-sighted as the houses that were built on the land caused the factory to close after complaints from these residents killed the shift work. One old bag in particular took some delight in yawping at the forktruck drivers over her wall and it didn't matter what you said to her, you got a gobfull. One night all her jap fish disapeared from her pond ...last seen swimming away down the Erewash river, a small cost for her being one of the major persons complaining but... Read more

Balloon Woods, Wollatton

Balloon Woods. Most people says it was a hell hole. Yes some parts of it was. But to a child it was good. There were more quite a few blocks. Some had four floors, these were called Tansley Walk, Bealey Walk, Hartington Walk and Peak Walk. They had areas where we could play in safety. We as a family lived on Hartington Walk in block Morestead. which was the second block facing the railway line. Here we got new friends and here we stayed till near the end. Our flat was a upside down one. The two largest bedrooms were on the lower floor as you came into the flat, with the small windowless bathroom, and a cupboard to the right. Upstairs was the smallest bedroom next to the kitchen, the medium sized kitchen was where our mother fed us and cooked. The large living room was where would read and listen to the radio. Our mother taught us to play games, some were brought from jumble sales. We would... Read more

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