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Memories of Kingstanding
One of my earliest memories was walking to the shops with my mother. We passed along a road called Kingstanding Road, there were a lot of men mending the road and I asked my mother about them as I had not seen them before, she hurried me past them and as we got further away from the workmen she said they were German POW's cleaning up the mess their bombers had made. Apparently they were billetted in Sutton Park for a while. At the time I must have been about 6 years old as I was born just before the war in 1936. I also remember being in the back garden and my father had dug a hole to erect the shelter in. The hole was quite deep so I was fascinated by it. Suddenly there was this loud noise and when I looked up in the sky I saw this giant plane with black markings on it just above my head. The next... Read more
Working For ICI in Witton
My first job was at ICI in Witton in the offices as junior. I spent 5 years working at this company, very happy memories working my way up to a typist. The proudest moment was when I picked up my first months money to take home and share with my mother to help out with the family of three brothers and a sister. This was my first memory of independence. I was the eldest of five children. Happy times were had then as I was growing up in Kingstanding. My dad worked at the Co-op Dairy in Kingstanding Road. Next door to the dairy was the Drill Hall where my dad was a member as he was in the army most of his life. Then we moved to College Road.
Funny how seeing Memories of Kingstanding title, it brought back so many thoughts of living there in childhood to my 20s. The Geman plane that dropped its bomb on a house in Hurlingham Road, hiding under stairs at school as the planes went over it, causing the building to shake with flying over it so low. The German POW's repairing the Kingstanding Road by the Settlement and my mother making me walk past them very quickly so I would be unable to speak to them. The Barrage Balloon landing on a house in Dulwich Road and all us kids running there to see it. My dad did firewatching at his works all through the war so our mom had to make sure we were in the shelter on her own, it must have been a hell for her as she had 4 of us to cope with. My youngest brother at that time was born in 1941 so he had a Mickie Mouse gas mask, I hated my... Read more
ODEON PICTURE HOUSE
I remember the Odeon on Kingstanding Circle. We used to wait for my dad to come home with his wages and then mum would take my sister and myself to the Odeon. We used to queue for ages to get in the shillings! and always had to stand for the National Anthem at the end of the film. We could choose on the night whether to have an ice cream at the cinema or buy threepence worth of chips when we came out at the chip shop which was opposite the Odeon.
Later on we used to do all our courting in the back row, and I had the first kiss off my husband in the Odeon 48 years ago!
West Midlands memories
The Village Shops
Lovely to see the old pictures of the village, they almost made me cry. Does anyone remember some of the old shops and their owners? Ted Shelley in the newsagents where I went with my pocket money to buy my weekly comic, also a very spooky antique shop run by the equally antique couple who used to scare me silly as a young girl. It was an old curiosity shop with a musty smell, quite dark inside as well. How about Horsleys the grocers, the last of the old family grocers in the days when supermarkets were in their infancy, I would go in with the red book with the weekly shopping order and a man in a brown overall coat would go round collecting the provisions and marking them off with a pencil that he occasionally licked before lodging it behind his ear. The Post Office, devoid of modern technology, with a post mistress who had regulation glasses on the end of her nose and hand writing of artistic... Read more
Streetly Riding School.
I remember going to Streetly Riding School in Manor Road which was opposite the Buccaneer pub. We had some lovely times there, some of the girls names I remember are; Janice Sturgess, Barbara Cattel and a lovely girl called Carol Hamp who was a groom there, she taught me all I needed to know about looking after horses. I wasn't a good rider as mom & dad couldn't afford lessons for me in those days, but I really enjoyed just being there and helping out. They used to take horses out riding in Sutton Park, but you had to be able to handle the horses to do that. I also remember going to the Buccaneer to buy cornish pasties at lunchtime, now they were a real treat, I think the time I was there would be around 1964/65. The weather always seemed to be nice then, they had an ex racehorse there called Solo, I loved him to bits, and another one called Saintly. I wonder if any of you... Read more
I'm looking for a man called David from Great Barr who used to drive an ice-cream van with his brother in the 1970s. He is believed to be married with two boys, possibly in his 60s or 70s now. Any information, however small, would be gratefully accepted. Thanks.