Born In Aldershot In 1946 - a Memory of Aldershot.
I was born in Aldershot in June 1946. I believe the event was at the General Hospital at the top end of St.Georges Road. For the first year or so I lived with my parents and older brother at the bottom end of Victoria Road. We then moved to Highland Close in North Town end of Aldershot. This area was all single dwelling prefabs as was Bellvue Close nearby. I attended the National School primary at the bottom of Redan Hill. I remember the news of the death of the king as us pupils gathered to walk across the park to East End School where we had our cooked lunch every day. I remember taking my dinner money in to school every monday morning. the amount for five two course lunches was one shilling and eleven pennies. At todays money that is under ten pence.
I remember the queens coronation and the gifts that were given out to every child being a drinking mug,a propelling pencil and a miniature model of the coronation coach and horses. The headmistress of the school then was Miss Wright Jones, a spinster who would take out of her frustration by regular use of the cane on us lads.She also took the final year class. the teacher for the year before was a Mrs.Chapman. The year before was a Mrs.Steadman and the first year infants were taught lovingly by the teacher Miss Perrow. She had taught my mother also in the same classroom back in 1926. When I was seven years old I joined the Cubs,the meetings being held at the hall of St.Augustines Church on North Lane. Later I became a choir singer at the church for a short while.
In 1957 we,as a family moved to the West End area of Aldershot where my parents bought a very small general store in Church Street. It was about this date I also joined St.Michaels Secondary School.
I remained living in Aldershot until 1968 when I married a local lass and on our wedding day we moved over the border into Surrey and lived in the village of Upper Hale,Farnham. We are now retired,live in the West Country and look forward to celebrating our Golden Wedding anniversary next month.
A memory shared byon Jan 9th, 2018.
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