Acton, Gunnersbury Park c.1960

Memories of Acton


I was a park keeper and gardener, I used to cut the grass in Acton. I met Sean Connery when he lived in Central Road, the house was where nuns used to live and he bought it.

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.

I lived in West Acton for all my childhood (apart from the early war years when my school was evacuated). I attended Acton Wells School (now demolished !) and then went to West Acton School which had just been built, and which was near to where I lived in Saxon Drive. I started at Acton Wells School when I was 5 years old, and (...Read full memory)

My friends and I have just returned from a trip down memory lane. We all grew up in Acton and remember Tony's ice cream parlour. We trawled the streets but alas in vain. I have fond memories of my nan taking me there every Saturday for a treat. Acton used to be a lovely part of London. What has happened to it?

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