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A Happy Accrington Childhood

A Memory of Accrington.

My brother Anthony and I grew up in Barnes Street/Lee Street where my parents ran an off-licence from about 1953 - 1962. We both went to Miss Caulfield's Preparatory school and my brother went on to Blackburn Grammar School. We used to play in the streets and up at the coppice and the nearby park. I remember Plantation Street as one of the streets we traversed to get to school. David Benson and Peter Schofield and his sister were our neighbouring children, and we played with them. We were catholics and went to mass at the Sacred Heart every Sunday morning. I used to go horse-riding in Baxenden and roller skating in Great Harwood - those were the days!
We very recently re-visted the street, and although the off-licence is closed and boarded up there were signs that people still live there although we were sadly too timid to knock on the door - loud music blaring etc. The cobbles in the back alley looked as familiary as 50 odd years ago. Very happy memories of a happy childhood.

With thanks to Marie Meakings for this memory of Accrington

Added 19 July 2012


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