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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)

Born in Colombo Road in 1937. Remember the doodle bugs, air aid shelters, Christchurch School, Dane Secondary (even know the school song word for word). Days of fun in Valentines Park and the swimming pool. Ilford Town Hall dances and the Palais. Drinking at The Havelock and The Valentine. Trolley buses replaced by (...Read full memory)

I was born in Ilford in 1961, in Stanley Road, opposite the cemetery of St Mary the Virgin! I remember well shopping trips 'Up Ilford' with Mum or Dad as a child. I remember too, going into C&A for clothes, and visiting the Clarkes shoe shop, down a side road, I believe it was near the Town Hall, there was a tank of fish in (...Read full memory)

I worked Saturdays and the school holidays at Sally Lunns.That was from 1960 to 1964. Thet use to sell a Vienna steak which I helped to make, their crinkly chips were fantastic. They used to be part cooked (Jerries) at a lower temperature and placed in a huge bowl. When the lunch time rush started, the (...Read full memory)

I lived in Ilford in the 1970s, the place was magic, and it had a bus to the place. I could walk down the Broadway at night without any worry, and I was always in the Cranbrook pub. I went back last year to the Cranbrook pub and just made it in time, it closed just after. That was in 2008, and it opened in in 1970. I also (...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 have very fond memories of the pioneer market ilford my aunt & uncle peggy & ernie holmes owned the veg stall they had no children so as there only nephew i was a very spoilt 4 year old an added bonus was that my nan daisey macCarthy worked on the oppsite hardware stall again as her only grandchild i was spoilt i (...Read full memory)

I have so many memories of this place. I was born in Martley Drive, 1947, my grandparents originally bought the house back in the 1920s when they moved from Bethnal Green. It was a good place to live, I went to Gearies School all the way through from Infants, Juniors to secondary. It was just a short (...Read full memory)

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)

Ilford Town Hall is on the corner of Oakfield Road where I lived throughout WW2. The public Air Raid Shelter we used to sleep in was opposite the Town Hall in Oakfield Road. A very large department store called Moultons was opposite, in the High Street. T remember when Moultons was on fire one night & flames were pouring (...Read full memory)