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Cotgrave Memories

Our grandad George Boultby was a miner at Cotgrave. Because we didn't have a car, we had to go on the old type Barton buses. We would walk from the bus stop to our grandparents' house. They used to live in two different locations, the first I am not sure of the street/road name but it's from the main shopping area, through the garages at the back and across the road. It was a nice house with a hot kitchen and a old-fashioned pantry. In the summer we would play in the large garden. Grandad would grow a few vegetables. I can remember collecting ladybirds from the hedge. In the other place, it was on Forest Road, a bungalow, I think number 4 but I'm not sure. When we went there Grandad would take us to look at the farm animals in the village and the fields. He would point out the pit heads and tell us what they were for. I also remember the journey home. We would all... Read more


Scrumping in Mr Oliver's orchard and escaping over the straw bale pontoon we made to cross the brook.

Diamond Anniversary

St Giles Church c1965, West Bridgford
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My parents, June Delicia Hancock and V. Neville Wright, now living in London, were married at St. Giles Church, West Bridgford, on 3rd April 1948 and are celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary this week.

I Found my Wonderful Wife in West Bridgford

Central Avenue c1965, West Bridgford
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In September 1952 I was on my way to what was then French Indo China, now Vietnam. I was introduced to a young lady whilst in Nottingham visiting my parents. The date was September 19th. The meeting was 'arranged' by an old student friend and was in fact a 'blind date' The young lady lived on Crosby Road, West Bridgford, number 42 if I remember correctly, the house was also named Naini Tal. The meeting turned out to be a case of love at first sight and three weeks later I proposed to Grace. We were both 23 years old and despite the misgivings of both parents we married on January the 14th 1953. Eventually I returned to the RAF having cancelled my trip to the far east (I'm not stupid!). Grace and I remained married for the next 57 years, produced three great sons and in 1974, as a civilian with severe spinal injuries (thank you RAF), we were invited to relocate to Australia. I was by then a... Read more

Diamond Wedding

St Giles Church c1965, West Bridgford
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My parents, Joyce Richmond, daughter of 'Tich' Richmond, cricketer & Peter Browne were also married at St. Giles Church on the 3rd April 1948.

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