Memories of the 1950s
I met my future wife in 1952 through Scouts and Guides and then we both joined Ecclesall Youth Club. We played tennis as a mixed double at Bingham Park. We were engaged in 1955, married in 1956 and our son was born in 1958.
The King's Death
In 1952, aged 21, I qualified as one of the youngest Mining Surveyors, although I was not allowed to practice until I was 22. I worked for the Coal Board on St Andrew's Road, off Psalter Lane. While I was working news of the King's death was brought by the Chief Surveyor.
I remember ten of us crowded
We went to Cleethorpes,
We saw Ken Dodd and Anita Harris in the Pier Show at Great Yarmouth.
I enjoyed being a member of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Motorcycle Club. In the 1950s they held bike scrambling competitions in the Mayfield Valley. The club met once a month in the Berni Inn at Norton. One photo shows Dave Tye, who was a Works rider for BSA at one of the competitions.
My first bike was a 2-stroke Coventry Climax and after
My last bike was a BSA 350cc. When I started going out with Muriel I go a lecture from her mother about motor-bike safety so eventually bought a car.
My first car cost £110, it was a 1937 Jowett which was always breaking down. I got spares from Gilders on Cambridge Street. However, it didn't let me down when we went to Penzance on honeymoon in 1956.
Pat Pryor - a well-known figure in the village - married Janet Gilder, a close friend of
My next car cost £75 and was a sports car - a kit car which was also always breaking down! In 1957 I bought a second hand Austin A40 Somerset in beige for £500. After our son was born in 1958 I decided it was time to get a decent, reliable car.