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Sporting Newham / Did you race in those days?
« on: 04 October, 2017, 04:41:40 PM »

Did anyone race in cycle speedway racing in the 'fifties? Just searched for a name on the site, and a few familiar names cropped up as Cycle Speedway racers. We certainly had a few teams in our [now] Newham area! I recognise a name who became a very well known cycle shop trader!

Newham memories and nostalgia / I'm sure we had music before the Beatles!
« on: 03 October, 2017, 09:31:58 PM »
When you listen to todays radio presenters, you'd think that popular music only started with pop concerts and the Beatles, etc.  Who remembers actually dancing with your arm around a girl, perhaps getting up courage to ask for a dance. You could actually get you arm around their slim waists.  In the 'fifties we used the Stratford Town Hall, Lotus, Ilford Palais, the Cranbrook, Winter Hall, The Jive Academy, All in Ilford, Stratford and Forest Gate, East Ham to name a few local venues. We also had all the annual local factory dances. Plus of course, some great pubs with trad, and modern jazz.   Who remembers. We certainly had our smart, well groomed stars in those days. Who was your 'forties/'fifties favourites? My children and their friends think that being young only started with "Top of The Pops." Happy Days!

Newham memories and nostalgia / When was that?
« on: 02 October, 2017, 01:33:46 PM »
Looking at a Newham photo of Stratford Broadway, I see that just along from The Two Puddings pub there was a gentleman's outfitters called David Bourne. Can anyone enlighten me when that picture was taken, only I only ever remember the shop there, still there now, trading as "Pellicans" . . . You couldn't stop and look in the window without being accosted [perhaps a rather strong term] by a sales assistant, who, if he did manage to pull you inside, always, tried to convince you [whatever the size of the coat] that it fitted you like a glove. You don't get challenging salesman like that today.
I can't remember the last time an assistant even bothered to try and sell me something in a large department store. The nearest I get today is "Are you alright, sir" as they go on their way!

Newham memories and nostalgia / Made do with rabbit!
« on: 01 October, 2017, 07:37:48 PM »
I expect a few of you will remember when we had to make do with rabbit for Christmas for years during and after WWII. People saved peelings and greenstuff, and carrots, usually grown in the garden, and added oatmeal from the corn chandlers, plus a bit of grass off of Wanstead Flats. Nice big fat thing for the bloke down the road who knew the procedure. Plus a few tears of course from the girls.

Newham memories and nostalgia / KERRY'S IN STRATFORD
« on: 22 July, 2017, 10:48:49 PM »
All the years I went past Kerry's in Stratford High Street, I never really knew what they made or supplied? Can anyone enlighten me!

Newham memories and nostalgia / churches in east London
« on: 12 July, 2015, 10:03:26 PM »
I wonder if anyone has seen this interesting site of postcards of hundred of churches covering east London. I dare say you all can relate to at least a couple of them even if you never entered them perhaps because they weren't of your faith. I've been in a few different churches in different areas for weddings and youth club occasions. (

Sporting Newham / Up to date cycle speedway
« on: 10 June, 2015, 10:47:20 PM »
It seems that cycle speedway is still going strong in Canning town: all be it a slightly more affluent type of sport than in the old days. I is interesting to see how much older some of the competitors are. With the use of cars, and new technology how bikes and meeting venues  have changed. Still fun though. Hope it brings back some memories to some readers. (

Newham memories and nostalgia / Good inTENTions or exploitation?
« on: 27 April, 2015, 08:35:21 PM »
I was recently talking to a lady who lived in Burrard Road, years ago before it was cut in half and it housed two families in most of the houses, and she told me about how she worked making Army Bell Tents for eight shillings and sixpence a tent and that they took a day to make. It was around that area but I don't know exactly were it was. Does anybody know exactly what road it was in, and was that considered a good weekly wage in those days for women  or would that type of work and wage structure have been considered a sweatshop?

Newham memories and nostalgia / National Service days
« on: 27 April, 2015, 01:58:32 PM »
A while ago, I stumbled across a photograph, taken in 1952, of some National Servicemen doing  their training with the RAOC Blackdown, in Hampshire. On the back of the picture was a Sergeant and some new recruits and one of the names on the back of the picture was a name signed by a Vic Bailey. I wonder if this means anything to anyone on this forum. He would now be about 81 years of age of course, unless he'd had a deferment as an apprentice, which was possible of course, and that would make him that little older back in the old National Service era?

Newham memories and nostalgia / it's a small world
« on: 17 April, 2015, 09:50:51 PM »
I was in a second hand market in a country town browsing through the usual old memorabilia and I spotted an old wartime identification card with a name which slips my mind but I'm sure she surname began with "B" and an address something like 186? Grange Road, Plaistow, E.13. It's amazing what thing turn up in various places. There was the usual badges, old comics, etc. I suppose things like identification cards and photos are the usual things got from house clearance jobs. As I say, it's a small world.  The uncanny thing is I don't bother with markets usually because I've enough toot of my own as it is! :D :D

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