|Terraces in Cambridge Road|
This is what Brenda recalled:
I’ve just been looking through your wonderful website! I lived some of my childhood years in St Albans in Cambridge Road, and was amazed to see a photo of it here! My name in those days was Brenda Anne Westfield. My parents Bob and Marjorie Westfield’s best friends were Anne and Robbie (can't remember the surname, but he was Irish) who lived in the adjacent Wellington Road, and I used to play with Anne’s sister, Susan, when she visited. Anne and Robbie had a daughter called Tracy. My Dad had been a chef in the Royal Marines, and he and Robbie worked together as chefs in the kitchens at Cell Barnes Hospital.
My mother, Marjorie Westfield, was a secretary at Marshalswick Boys' School, and her friend there was Mrs Simmons, who I was delighted to spot in a photo of Beaumont School! I guess Mrs Simmons must have been one of the members of staff who moved to Marshalswick.
|Fleetville JMI, now Fleetville Infants School|
I attended Fleetville Infants and Juniors school from approx. 1959/60 [until 1967] until the end of the juniors years. My best friends there were Felicity Buxton who lived somewhere north of the school, and Lynn Wilson who lived south of it. Another name I remember was Mary Briggs and I have a feeling that her parents ran the post office near the school. Also remembered is Richard Moon. I remember I used to walk to school on my own and I passed Marconi Instruments and the Ballito stockings factory! I desperately wanted a pair of the black stockings which had pictures of the four Beatles faces on them! I wonder if anyone remembers them?
Unfortunately I don't think I have any photos of St Albans to submit (only ones of me at that tender age!) but I’ll check again.
I’d be delighted to see any photos of my days at Fleetville! Or to hear from any class mates - I can't remember any more names at the moment. The teachers I remember are Miss Probert a largish lady with gingery hair (I think) always in a bun, who taught geography, and Mr Blanks, a rather cruel, bald-headed man who used to like taunting Richard Moon when he was talking, by making him stand on his chair while saying ‘Get on your chair Moon, up in the sky where you belong’. Funny what sticks in your mind!
|Yes, those Beatles nylons really did exist!|
Clarence Park was where mum and dad played tennis, leaving me on the sidelines with a banana ice lolly!
Thanks so much for the trip down memory lane, and I hope some of my information rings a bell with someone!
Brenda recalled other information following an email dialogue, which just show that memories can be triggered by little reminders. I wonder whether other readers can recall the people who grew up with Brenda. The older boys may also have been enthusiastic about Ballito's black stockings, but for different reasons and all might have looked forward to the parties, dances and boxing for which the factory was popular!
Unfortunately there are no Fleetville class photos from the 1960s in my archive, but if you have any which you would like to share, do get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org