Living In Melrose Ave, Willesden Green In 1950s - a Memory of Willesden.
Hi, my name is Liz Ely (maiden name O'Connell) and I was born in Melrose Ave, Willesden Green in 1953 and I still live in the same house. I remember doing my mother's shopping in Sainsburys in Willesden and going across the road to the Co-op. My mum would give my brother Tim and I £5.00 to do the week's shopping. We would know all the bargains - any change from the shopping we would split between us. I would buy the Bunty, Judy, Jackie and Diana comics and my brother would get the Dandy, Beano and Buster comics. We grew up with a house full of Irish lodgers; anyone looking for a bed or chair, my father would bring home as long as they were Irish.
We always played on the streets, Gladstone Park swimming pool in the summer. I remember a man with a shop, a Mr Cook. He would come round in the evenings, mainly Saturday, with his van and mum would always get us a treat. Wonderful days..now that we look back. Children had respect for their elders and if not, the belt would come out and looking back it never did us any harm.
A memory shared by on Apr 13th, 2013. Send Liz Ely a message
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