Wokingham, Longmoor Lake, Lakeside Holidays, California c.1960
Photo ref: W123090
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Memories of Wokingham, Longmoor Lake, Lakeside Holidays, California c1960

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I went to Wescott Road school in 1950 then St Crispins 1956. I can recall quite a few shops. Herrings furniture where you could buy on HP with no checks, as Mr Herring assessed whether or not you looked trustworthy. NSS newsagents. Next door was a chemist who washed my eye out after getting grime in it from a passing steam train when I lived in Waterloo road. Baxters butchers. Cliffords dairies. Somerscales fish and chips ...see more
I also remember the Café on my way home to the Nine Mile Ride.
I first went to the California Speedway, based at the Longmoor track, within the grounds of the California-in-England Country Park, in 1954, and went regularly, until the speedway track was closed in 1957. Speedway first started there in the 1930s. Does anybody have any old photos, programmes or other ephemera/souvenirs connected with the California riders or team, known as the 'Poppies'?
I can remember going sancing in the  park. I was stationed at Bailiol Camp, Arborfield and we used to go there in a 3 ton army lorry. I can't remember how often we used to go there, after all it was 60 + years ago. I went back to Arborfield Camp a couple of years ago with the REME assn. for a couple of days' stay but that is the only time I have been back. Pete Radford