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I remember the H-G fire well. I was sixteen at the time and was on my way home from evening classes at the South West Essex Tech, as it was called in those days, in Longbridge Road Barking. As soon as I left the college on my bike I noticed the glow in the sky and knew it was somewhere near where we were living at the (...Read full memory)

I remember when I used to catch a trolley at Fanshawe Avenue and go to Ilford Broadway and then go for a wander around the shops in Ilford. If I recall, the trolley bus ride was about 2d each way. When it came time to go home I caught a bus outside Harrison Gibsons which took me to the top of South Park Drive, that was the (...Read full memory)

I used to work at Memory Brothers in the Pioneer Market. I cannot remember the exact year, but it was around 1964-65. Right opposite our shop was Holmes fruit and veg shop. I seem to also remember that they had two shops. Our shop was open counter on three sides, grocery, bacon and cooked meats which was the (...Read full memory)

Got to be honest, I don't remember a thing, I was adopted soon after I was born, but I still regard myself as being an Ilford-ite. I really want to visit and look around Ilford soon, just to see now what my hometown is like, of course I understand it'll have changed LOL, but I still need to visit. Nice to see some 1966 pics ... seems like a long time ago eh. Maybe see you sometime, Mark

I was born in Ilford in 1928, I now live in Australia, came here in 1948 so my memories are of that time. This picture is of where we used to shop every week. We lived in Dunedin Road.  Is the railway close by? I was in the Gaumont Super cinema when it was bombed. But that is another story. I remember the Hippodrome too.

This is such a clear photo of where I lived! I used to stand on the balcony right under that big clock! x

My first job as a teenager was with ICT, which subsequently became ICL and I think has now disappeared. I used to repair punch card equipment at Ilford Film, Plessey and Ilford town Hall back in the early 60's. I probably have walked up that piece of road a hundred times. The town hall is just visible on the (...Read full memory)

I was born down Roman Road Ilford sadly as long ado as 1947 but life in Ilford was good. Went to Mount Secondary School but left at the age of 14 and started work as a jnr legal secretary in a firm in Cranbrook Road. It was so great then could get on a train and be in Liverpool Street in 20 mins an shop till we dropped. I (...Read full memory)

I lived opposite the Rose & Crown pub in the old 3 storey victorian houses, they were demolished years ago but I clearly remember looking out of my bedroom window at chucking out time and laughing at the 'drunk' people staggering down the road - I was around 3-4years old then. As a treat on a Saturday and (...Read full memory)

I remember working on the C & A store in appoximately 1964 I think, from start to finish, all the electrical work, it brings back many happy memories for me. Is it still standing? It was said a cinema stood there prior to C & A being built, which was bombed during the Second World War, and it was said to have had a ghost from that time on. Denno