Acton, Gunnersbury Park c.1960

Memories of Acton


My parents, Jack and Doreen Bourke, were tenants of The Albion from 1946-1979. I went to St Vincent's convent in Rosemont Road. I remember Tony Bros ice cream shop as I passed it every day on my way to and from school. Best ice cream in the country without a doubt! I also remember Doug the green grocer, Young's the bakery and (...Read full memory)

I worked in the Tony Bros Ice Cream factory as a school holiday job in 1967 or 68. I vividly remember Tony Tedeschi, who chain smoked Benson and Hedges, Derek the gentle giant who took me under his wing and the lovely Yolande. It was hard work, but good fun and it's a shame it's all gone now. We definitely made the best choc ices in the area.

We moved down to Acton from Stafford in the midlands in 1949 when I was 4 years old. We were given a flat in The Vale, my first school was East Acton infants up East Acton lane, a cracking little school. I was very happy there until they moved me to East Acton House close to Bromyard Avenue. Oh happy days there, (...Read full memory)

My memories of Acton Vale estate are endless, you would play out all day and the days were long. I can remember taking back the empty lemonade bottles and then buying a jublie. Going swimming at Acton swimming baths then on the way home getting a bag of chips or a portion of crackling. What about going on an outing to the (...Read full memory)

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