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Wartime stories / Re: Milton Avenue Bomb Site
« on: 10 April, 2018, 08:43:07 PM »
When I had an old bakers oven removed in a shop near Dunmow, Essex 1989ish. The builder came running out, all of a tiswos, because he'd found two wartime incendiary bombs tucked inside the cavity. He refused to carry on working unless they was removed. When I told the previous owner, he was so unconcerned and came and picked them up and took them away. Where he took or disposed of them. I don't know. Apparently, when he was a kid he and mates scoured a few fields looking for the ones that had burnt out! Nearly fifty years had past when they had dropped! He restarted work, but not until they where removed!

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: match box
« on: 10 April, 2018, 08:23:49 PM »
Another collectors item was cigarette cards, nice pictures of almost everything would exchange hands many times.
A game of flicking them up against the wall was popular, closest to the wall was the winner & would take the cards.

I learnt a lifetime lesson about people and being taken in when I was about seven and was evacuated in wartime Somerset; I had a handful of picture cards and was challenged by this slightly older country boy to play flick up the wall, I lost the lot in as many minutes as I had cards. . . . many years when playing ciggy cards back in Forest Gate, I happened to pick up a card flicked by a kid and Wondebar! A well learned lesson, it was a doubler, . . . my mind went back when I was a Chard evacuee! More than careful now! IT seems that country bumkins are a myth!

Famous Faces and Local Characters / Re: Bare Chested Newpaper Seller
« on: 04 January, 2018, 09:32:18 PM »
Does anyone remember the newspaper seller who walked the streets of Forest Gate and parts of Stratford, and when he shouted Star, News, Standard, and when he shouted Standard his jaw dropped so low it nearly reached his chest? A real character . . . along with the old market stall holders, of course!


I'm afraid I only remember a fattened rabbit for many years, I can also remember Chicken that mum got without fowl in later years when she got paid out the Christmas loan-club money. I bought turkey when I married. [Ooops: I mean for Christmas after I was married ]: haven't bothered for years since, unless we have visitors for dinner.  [I know they're no tastier than a shop bought turkey, but at least we knew where they come from] but also we usually have some sort of bird! I loved Christmas as a child, Apple/orange/silver shilling, a few sweets in the sock [a clean one of course] hanging over off the mantle shelf. [Do you remember when our bedrooms in the old houses all had fireplaces. Happy post-war days. After dinner out to play with mates . . . usually on the bomb debris. Long,

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: match box
« on: 16 October, 2017, 09:39:49 PM »
Sympathetic to your comments the other noticeable thing is they always want a fortune at events and fairs, but when it comes to selling them . . . they're either the wrong colour, no box, wrong tyres, no misprint and too many about.  Of course there was,
 they were made in a factory! Synic! Me? . . . Never!

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: match box
« on: 15 October, 2017, 06:44:14 PM »
I believe it had a new life in Basildon. Models were available for years after they left the marshes!

I cycled down Carpenters Road, to get to Fish Island Industrial Estate. Used to run the gauntlet of jeering young ladies most mornings. Happy days!

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!

Sporting Newham / Re: Fairbairn House Youth Club
« on: 04 October, 2017, 04:07:27 PM »
Welcome Kwasind, 82! Did you do National Service? If you did, you'll know what I mean with "Get Some in" ::) ::) ::)

I remember the doorman, Bill, he worked for in the council offices in the Grove, I believe. Do you remember they only allowed jiving on the third dance [vague?].  Bennie Gold, Gilberto Fox, Teddy Truman orchestras. that's all I remember, although there was other great bands in those days. That could swing as well as play strict tempo. Other local venues had bigger known names . . . generally dearer entrance fees! Funnily enough, in the 'fifties Stratford wasn't all about the Two Puddings there was other good pubs as well!

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 / Re: When was that?
« on: 03 October, 2017, 08:59:26 PM »
Ah! No wonder I didn't recognise when it was. I was living in the "Deep, Deep, Countryside then!" 

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: When was that?
« on: 02 October, 2017, 07:52:24 PM »
Thanks Ron, I had a feeling that it was post Pelicans Outfitters. My memories were more the 'fifties of the Broadway.

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!

Wartime stories / Re: IN TEA OR CAKE
« on: 01 October, 2017, 08:25:21 PM »
I lived in a village near Dunmow, Essex. It would seem not all evacuees returned home after the war. There was a few still there who have settled into country life nicely, and got council houses.

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