Burnt Oak - a Memory of Burnt Oak.

I was born in Barnfield Road 1945. Irene Postance and my brother Peter who was 3 years older. We went to Annunciation school, St Thomas's and St James. I was so scared of the Walsh sisters who taught at St James. Especially Vera! I do not think they were qualified at all just relations of Kate! Many happy memories of Burnt Oak going to the express at the top of Watling avenue with my mum for an éclair filled with cream from a machine. Walking to school in a thick green smog! All the Watling market barrows out especially at Christmas, with lanterns hanging. Hassains is about the only shop still there in the Watling now. Fords was at the top for school uniform. A lovely pie shop, so many nice shops. Eversfield youth club with my friend Marion Staples. and the church continental club. Which was run by Father Smythe. My friend Hazel Tucker who lived in North Road she had a very large aerdale dog! We used to go to the Dairy HQ along by that road where the milkmen's horses were stabled and feed them. Toni's for ice cream, and a convenient station for Saturday morning shopping to Golders Green which had just about every shoe shop imaginable! Yes happy memories of Burnt Oak from 1945 to 1968. I remember going with my friend Marion to see Adam Faith in concert at one of the cinemas along the Edgware road. And we used to catch a bus and go rollerskating at Crickelwood with Peter Hanratty who was in my class at school. And dancing at the State Kilburn. I do not however remember a Tesco being in Burnt Oak in those early days, or a Lyons Corner House. I thought it was called the Express Dairy. Now all changed beyond recognition.

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Tue Dec 20th 2016, at 10:42 pm
hazel.byford commented:
My friend Freddie Cook is the youngest daughter of Black and Cooks. She lives in Australia now, l will mention your Mum to her.
Tue Dec 20th 2016, at 10:37 pm
hazel.byford commented:
Tue Apr 5th 2016, at 6:49 am
uccedcp commented:
Hi I lived in silk stream road moved there in 1955 my mother was a well known to many in the watling she worked for a load of the shops but the ones I remember were Peter Henning and Black and Cook for many years, she was Lilly Pratchett, do you remember her.
Tue Mar 22nd 2016, at 8:07 pm
irenewelc commented:
Hi there deidrie of course I remember you .e mail me at irenewelch@btinternet.com
Fri Mar 11th 2016, at 11:16 pm
fandy commented:
Irene, I am sure you have forgotten me, but we were friends when we were both at the Annunciation School. My name at that time was Deirdre Doyle. I remember going home to your house on Barnfield Road for lunch. I loved your mum. She always gave us pineapple and ice-cream for pudding. I also remember your brother Peter. I was in awe of him because he seemed so grown up and confident. And good-looking! You and I were both interested in horses in those days. I think you might have come with me once to Stanmore Riding School. I wanted to learn to ride and used to save up my pocket money for lessons. I have always wondered what happened to you. I hope you have had a happy life (so far) and I hope you read this. I would love to hear from you!

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