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Memories of Doncaster
Trolley Bus Driver
I can recall many happy times as a trolley bus driver in Doncaster , I started work with DCT as a conductor in the mid 1950s and passed a trolley bus driving test on the Wheatley Hills route by the late 1950s; in those days the bus service was the main form of transport. The first trolley bus left the depot at Grayfriars just after 4:35am to start service at 4:45am on the Balby route, others came onto the service. At peak rush hour the service ran three and four minutes, with full capacity the norm. I made many good friends at work and remember our boss as a Superintendent Scholey a tall chap and very much a no nonsense man. Some of the buses where very old but fantasic to drive, the six wheelers quite a handful when full. But late at night on the last trip from Balby, the sides would shake up and down, the floor back and forward, and the conductors platform side to side, you... Read more
Lovely Summer Sundays
I lived just outside Hexthorpe Flats, next to the shop called the Dell Chocolate Box. I remember that sometimes on a Sunday they had a talent show in the Dell. All those who had entered were taken into the bandstand to wait for their turn to go 'on stage'. The weather always seemed to be sunny and warm and everyone enjoyed the flowers in the Dell. We were allowed to sit on the grass over the little bit of water seperating it from the bandstand. My turn came, I was about eight years old, and I took the stage and I remember it as if it was yesterday. I sang 'D' ya ken John Peel' with all the gusto I could muster and guess what - I won! I was thrilled to win a baby rabbit. My mum and Dad were not as keen as me, but Dad built a hutch and the little rabbit lasted for a number of years. Those were the days and I feel so sorry... Read more
Sunday at The Dell
During the long summer Sundays of 1947, the pleasures that were afforded by many Doncastrians were few and far between.Sunday, being a non-work day for the man of the house (if not the woman, Sunday dinner to make, pots to wash, beds to make, etc.). He just might decide to take his family for a walk, this of course was after a pleasurable lunchtime drink, his Sunday dinner and an afternoon nap. The kids were sent to Sunday School at the local church in order to make this afternoon nap possible and if he woke up in a good mood and the sun was shining, the decision was taken, "Let's all go for a walk". Of course, it was themother's job to wash and dress the kids, change the babies nappy, make up a bottle of baby food in case she got hungry (sister in our case), prepare a few sandwiches, put an extra nappy and powder in the pram and all this had to be done before she could... Read more
Moved here to Rossington back in 1979. Lived at 42 Streatfield Cres, the end house. I rented the house from the N C B but a year later was offered to buy it from them. I paid one thousand 800 pounds for it, the morgage was 12 pounds a month - makes me laugh now. Moving from Durham, the village was so different - two markets twice a week, a pub over the road - gone now - the butchers and post office on my door step. Oggiethorpes shop were I got all my carpets and sette on tick and they never minded if you missed a week. Now in 2012 so much has changed in the village and not for the best.
Hyde Park in The 1930s
Aged from 5 to 10yrs old I lived in Cunningham Road. I attended Beachfield Boys School walking the kilometre or so, through the back alleys and home again, this was all right in the warmer weather but quite a task in the winter snow and ice. I remember the gas lamp lighter coming round each evening to switch the lamposts on. After school the children in the area used to play marbles in the street and soldiers around the house. At the weekend we would walk as a group to the local park, which had plenty of grass areas to run around on and also swings and round- abouts and a small lake for toy boating. There were lots of flower gardens that were tended by resident gardeners. Hyde Park is approx. four miles from the racecourse and is serviced in both directions to the town by trolly bus. That is my memories of Hyde Park , I am now 82 yrs old... Read more
Bakers Boy Bread
I can remember my mum delivering bread in a van shaped as a loaf of bread for Bakers Boy Bread and Sunshine Bread in what I think was an Austin JU. I was wondering if there was any photos left of it as I now live in the Isle of Man. If anybody has any please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trackless Buses
As a child in the late 1950s, I remember catching the trackless trolley bus in St. Sepulchre Gate, we lived on Beckett Road at the time, and caught the bus for home outside Hodgeson and Hepworths (Grocers), which was later demolished to make room for the 'Arndale Centre', now the Frenchgate Centre. I remember one occasion when one of the poles connecting the bus to the overhead cable came off. The conductor had to get the long pole, attached to the outside of the bus, and re-connect to the cable before we could move.
Does anyone remember the illuminations in the Dell at Hexthorpe Flatts? I can remember seeing them in the 1950s. I lived on Urban Road and Beaconsfield Road, both of which are in Hexthorpe. I now reside in Canada.