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The Morris car depicted in the photograph was overhauled and bodied by my late father, Arthur Parker, in 1951-2. He had removed the body from a c1937 Morris 8 van, overhauled the mechanics and the chassis, and built from scratch a new shooting brake style body. As a 7-year old I was thrilled to be able to help with the work and immensely proud of the result. Unfortunately, when father came to register the car the authorities decided to demand the full purchase tax which hadn't been levied on the original pre-war commercial vehicle. This sum, in the hard times of the early 1950s, was difficult to find and the Morris sadly had to be sold to cover it.
Not so Happy Memories
My brother and I were evacuated from London to Northampton for about ten months during WW2. We lived in Alma Street, me at No:21 with an elderly aunt and uncle, my brother at No: 40. I remember the meadows at the bottom end of Alma Street, the park with a stream running into a river, a cinema on the corner by the railway, I think it was called the Roxy? Opposite the top end of Alma Street was a church with a school next door which we both attended. As 'London kids' we were always sat at the back of the class, and moved from one class to another. Occasionally milk was handed out in mugs, we had to wait until last, sometimes there was none left so we went without. There were bomb shelters in the playground. - The school appears on Google Street Maps but looks as if it is boarded up? I remember the next road to Alma Street, I don't remember the name, had a police station... Read more
The Gayways Pop Band Venue,Northampon
Does anyone remember the Gayways club in Northampton, High Street? I used to go there to see pop bands like Dave Dee, the Hollies and numerous other rock and pop groups! It had nothing to do with actually being Gay, it was just the name of the venue...oh times have changed. I think it was run by a man called Stan and his wife, the building was very dark and full of hidden rooms, to hide in and kiss the girls. This venue was the place to be and attended by lots of old style rockers and a claim to fame was that the Beatles played there too! I had a great time there and it was important in the growing up process for a 15-16 year old. I called at the site recently and it's an Italian restaurant now!
My daughter's great aunt lived at Nazareth House in Northampton and died there a spinster in the 1970s. I have contacted them several times but have never got a reply. The lady's name was Margaret Durden and she was a servant all her life after leaving the workhouse as a teenager. I'd love to find out more about her. Does anybody recognise her name?
That building to the left on the top of Gold Street is now H Samuel. The famous point of the elderly woman who won an award for Britain's Pride when she witnessed a burglarly and hit them with her hand bag. I worked on the right-hand side of Gold Street where that background building jutts out, corner of College Street in Quicksilver between 2003 and 2008.
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