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Memories of Raby Mere

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Swing Boats

The Wheatsheaf Inn c1950, Raby Mere
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I spent a few summer holidays with my auntie who lived in Bromborough. I used to go to Raby Mere with my cousins, Gerrard and Chris. I remember  some swing boats there, we used to love going on them.

Learning to Row A Boat

A Sunday day out from New Brighton with my family, playing French cricket on the field above the mere, I watched the rowing boats. In 1958 I went a ride there on my bike one day. I wanted a row on the boat. The gentleman in charge said it was a shilling (5p), I could not afford that. He told me to come back on a Saturday morning and I could row all I wanted to for sixpence (2 1/2p), so I did. The kind man showed me the basics of rowing and off I went. I dropped many an oar and caught many a crab but after a few weeks I got the hang of it. Needless to say the water took over my life and I joined the Royal Navy. Couldn't row their boats though - too big!

Bike Rides From Ellesmere Port

I remember bike rides first with my dad and then with my brothers Glyn and Paul and cousins David and Neil to Raby Mere. The lake was so calm and peacfull and we hired the lovely clinker built skiffs for a row. My dad taught us to row there without 'catching crabs'! I remember the penny machines well and ice cream from the garage shop.
The mere seems so small now compared to our Lake Taupo in New Zealand but the memories are so sweet, another age! Small was certainly beautiful then.
P.S. The year was probably 1950-1955.

Merseyside memories

British Extracting Company

I worked at the B.E.C. in 1959 to 1965 and have been trying to find information about it online. I was back on the Wirral and saw the original building in 2004. Always remember the awful smells when we were on our way into work - not the most glamorous of areas that's for sure. Mr. Roberts was the security man on the desk - I was friendly with his daughter, Suzanne. We always had our Christmas Dances at the Hulme Hall. There was a lady who worked in the canteen called 'Flower' - a short lady with white hair. The canteen ladies used to come around with the tea trolley with delicious doughnuts and pastries.

Escavating Eastham Dock

Queen Elizabeth Docks c1955, Eastham
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Lived in Eastham in late 40s and early 50s at Carlett Park (in the old army camp) during the digging of the dock and went to the village school. Had a lot of fun riding on the machinery when they were doing it. That was before they made a park down by the old ferry, while playing in Eastham wood was the norm. Used to go swimming in the canal and over the banks into the mud in the Mersey and collect baskets of blackberry's along the walkway beside the canal in the old Hooton aerodrome. Lots of good memories.

Wartime in Eastham

Queen Elizabeth Docks c1955, Eastham
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I was growing up in Eastham during the 1930s, attending the village school when war was declared. We had occasional day visits by the Lufwaffe and a couple of bombs were dropped. Then, after Dunkirk, the Merseyside blitz started with a vengeance, we in Eastham took some hard hits, Masons farm, opposite the Stanley Arms, took a direct hit and lost all its cattle when the shippons collapsed, also the park had some unexploded bombs which had to be defused by the army. In 1942 Carlett Hall was requisitioned as a transit camp for the US Army, there were thousands of G.Is there in tents and huts waiting to be sent to different parts of Britain. Eastham was full of foreign armed forces, and as kids we got on well with them. After the war, Eastham changed forever, the local accent was replaced by a Birkonean one when the Mill Park estate was built by Birkenhead council, and filled by Birkenhead people, if you were an Eastham resident you were... Read more


Queen Elizabeth Docks c1955, Eastham
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Hi, can anyone tell me if they went to school with any of the following names, firstly my dad, Alan Maxwell Waring, Gillie Waring, Walter/Wally Waring, Dulcie Waring. They lived at Rose Cottage, Eastham. I would  love to hear from anyone who knew them or any stories they could tell me. All my father's side of the family including the Stockers came from either Eastham or Bromborough and my grandfather lived on Dibbindales Hill (I am not sure where Dibbinsdale Hill is?), and it was a big house, before moving to Wastham. Any memories, please contact me, thanks.

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