l was born in the Rookery, Ebbw Vale, lived in 19 Second Row, Newtown until l was eight. We then moved to a new housing estate called Garnlydan where I grew up before we moved to Newport. I worked at LLanwern steel works - and retired from there. I am now living in south west lreland. l have very fond memories of Newtown, Ebbw Vale.
Growing up in Ebbw Vale there was the best four Picture Houses and three dances a week, great youth club r t b and had great time in school. Yea, it was special, used to love to have a pint in Tamplins in James Street or going to the Central Cafe. Had some great friends in Snowy Rolands and John Barnes and Mad Merv, yea they was special years and will live in my memory forever.
My uncle Stan Bowen lived in No 1 The Crescent, Ebbw Vale, Mon. If I can remember, there were about six steps to go down to the back door. Uncle Stan's sister and brother also lived there. We used to go down on a Sunday from Newtown before the war to visit them. Regards, Idris Bowen