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Yvonne Colwell's notes brought back memories of a few families, but I can't place St John's Lane, even though I lived in Pantycelyn until I moved in the late sixties after the prefabs were demolished.
Both my parents are now buried in Llanfabon Cemetery, and I live in sunny Folkestone, Kent.
I plan to have a few days staying in the Old Police Station, owned by a couple you must have been in school with.
You must remember the gasometer, handball court and Taff Vale Railway running through the centre of the village next to John Jones', or the ironmonger next to Phil's fish bar- Vic Morgan who lived in Llancaiach.
I was in school with his daughter Helen, who moved to South Africa and Edward Williams who lived in Llancaiach Fawr.
I can't picture you or your brothers, but the only Anita I remember was a Davis, with brothers John, Gareth & Joey who lived next door to the Johnsons.
John Pedro, the village butcher opposite the Nelson Inn, is very keen on the local history and I always pop in when I visit and top up my supply of faggots which all my family insist are the best ever.
I went to Pontypridd Boys Grammar, when there was a choice between Caerphilly, Pengam & Ponty.
The youth club I went to was in the chapel in High Street.
You must have played in the Parc and the Welfare especially in the summer holidays.

Written by Ray Davies. To send Ray Davies a private message, click here.

A memory of Nelson in Mid Glamorgan shared on Saturday, 19th July 2008.

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RE: Reminiscence

Hello there Ray, I used to live next door to the Davis's in St John's Lane before they were demolished. I went back for a visit in 2000 and was suprised that the butchers was still there, I used to go there shopping for gammon when I was younger. The Nelson Inn was renamed to the Lord Nelson (I think). Where did you live in Nelson? I went to Lewis Girls Grammer after passing my 11plus. I hated it so much that I left when I was 15. Now living in Australia and life is great. Hope to hear from you one day. Yvonne (nee Williams).

Comment from Yvonne Colwell on Sunday, 31st October 2010.


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