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Yes....it was cold. Not as cold as the grammar school open air pool mind when swimming lessons began in May term. My aunt Edith Baines used to teach at the open air pool, and by the end of the summer she was the colour of teak !

Many a happy day was spent at the open air swimming pool in the late 1950s - early 1960s. The changing rooms, under the road bridge, were not nice and always covered in water. I had swimming lessons with Mr Smith and even had a picture of a lesson in the newspaper, he pulled me in on a rope, so I didn't (...Read full memory)

I have been living in Melbourne Australia since emigrating with my parents in 1962. I have such fond memories of growing up and volunteering to be installed in the stocks during visiting hours at the castle with my cousins. I went to Mile End primary school then onto St Helena high. I started my hairdressing (...Read full memory)

While we were living in Colchester between 1955 and 1958, I was confirmed at this church at Lexden, Colchester. I had little memory of the church, but then while looking through the photos for Colchester I came across this photo much to my delight as this was where I was confirmed. Colchester Castle grounds was a beautiful (...Read full memory)

I lived in Salisbury Avenue and once at St John's Green Junior School this was my route home. Playing on the walls of the assault course, amongst other escapades. Unfortunately, when I was back there in 2012 it was a building site. Infact, virtually all the barracks had disappeared and I had to find my way round with a Sat Nav!

Yes, I can remember some happy sunny afternoons on the lookout for boys around the mid 1970s, we used to pool hop between the new indoor and the old outdoor, A less happy memory was doing my 50m Preliminary 2 with Heathlands Primary, as we travelled there on the coach the sky was black and we were all sure it (...Read full memory)

Lived Colchester late 1950s to late 1960s. Fond memories of picnics in the castle grounds with my young sister and baby brother. Boats on the lake. Military tattoo. Returned after years away and though there was change, much remained the same - thank goodness.

I went to St Johns from the age of 5 until we left Colchester in 1975, I remember a very strict teacher called Miss Keeble. I remember the walk to school from my dad Cyril's grocery shop on Alexandra Road. I can remember the military tatoo in Castle Park and the fireworks display. I can also remember spending (...Read full memory)

In the late 1950's I spent much time down here watching the shipping. First I would go to the Library in Culver Street to look at the Lloyds News sheet to see which boats were arriving or leaving. I would also look the ships up in Lloyds Register to find out the details of the ships. I remember the smalles of petrol (...Read full memory)

This photo' reminded me of those carefree summer days when we would cycle from Myland to the pool, leave our bikes, unlocked, in a heap outside, pay our 6d and go to the dank, cold, changing room under the bridge. The girls had to cross the end of the pool by a boardwalk to their changing room on the other (...Read full memory)