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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.

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?

My father was a train driver and I was born in Railway Cottages Goodhall Street Willesden Junction 1945 which came under Acton and lived there until I got married in 1966. I went to Acton Wells school from infants until I was 11 unfortunately I had a head injury when I was 10 from falling off a dustcart which I was having (...Read full memory)

Does anyone else remember Phillips the Mapmakers in Victoria Road, North Action? I started there straight from school as a trainee (cartographer). I was only there 6 months before the bright lights and higher wages of banking lured me away (fool that I was), but I remember the factory well - the (...Read full memory)

I worked as a delivery boy, riding a bike with a holder on front for the boxes of vegetables, or large sacks of potatoes etc. I was 14/15 and still at school. I worked after school 4 to 5.30 and all day Saturday. The boss was Doug Wilkinson and his son, Colin would come in Saturdays. Colin became a noted jazz (...Read full memory)

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)

My parents were both brought up in the Chiswick/Bedford Park/South Acton area. I was born in 1935 and spent my early years living on the Great West Road near to the Gillette factory. During WWII I spent much time visiting my grandparents in Binns Road. I have great memories of "beach combing" with my grandad on the Thames (...Read full memory)

I have always been proud to be called an old Actonian and lived there through the forties, fifties and early sixties, returning regularly to visit my mother until she sadly passed some years ago. I went to John Perryn Infant & Junior School and very happy times they were. My church was St Dunstan's at East Acton where I (...Read full memory)

I remember my friends and I would go swimming at Acton Baths and afterwards the lady in the tiny ticket office would make us a cup of Bovril with her kettle, for the grand sum of one penny. And after that? Sixpence worth of chips of course... happy days.