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Yesterday Remembered

Here’s a wealth of readers’ stories about their own lives and shared experiences.

Escaping the Flood Linda Hurdwell from Ascot, Berkshire remembers: It was late winter in 1953 when my Nan, Grandad and Uncle came to stay with us in Ilford for quite a few months. This was because they lived on Canvey Island, Essex and that weekend there were terrible floods covering so much of the land. My … Read more...
Hospital Life for Me A childhood spent in a hospital bed. My father was a labourer on a dairy farm in the 1930s, when it was not unusual for cows to be carriers of tuberculosis. This, together with bad housing, was why I contracted tuberculosis of the spine at the age of two. My parents knew something was wrong … Read more...
Of Cuckoos and Conkers Growing up on London’s Cuckoo Estate. If you ever meet someone who says they come from the Cuckoo Estate, you can bet serious money that, within three minutes, they will tell you that Charlie Chaplin is the most famous Cuckooite. Technically, this isn’t true. The estate was built during the … Read more...
A Countryside Childhood Delights of growing up in the 1920s’ Fens. I was six before I started school. The three-mile cycle ride to the nearest market town needed strong legs and stamina. In winter it could be an ordeal with blustery winds sweeping across the flat Fenland fields, strong enough to topple you off your … Read more...
A Force To Be Reckoned With Becoming a Sixties’ police cadet. With secondary education behind me and five O Levels, I couldn’t wait to leave school at the age of 16. I could have stayed on but no, the world was a big place and I wanted to get out there and rampage through it.The burning issue then became how I was to … Read more...
Granny’s Magic Potatoes How Granny’s chip pan fed the local kids. Every Friday, chunks of white cooking fat would melt in my granny’s blackened chip pan as she made ready to cook scrumptious long wedges of potato.“Now take these chips over to Anne,” she’d say in her Scottish burr, “she’ll be waiting for … Read more...
Toogin and Me Holiday fun in Dorset with a four-legged friend. When I was six, I contracted a disease that was contagious enough for my pregnant mother to ship me off to her sister. It was the early 1950s, and my aunt and uncle lived in a wooden bungalow on a cliff top near Bournemouth, Dorset.It wasn’t a … Read more...
Cough Up Please Curing ailments in the pre-NHS years. After asking how much, Dad had barely extracted a £5 note from his wallet when the doctor said, “That will do nicely.” For something that had taken less than five minutes, he pocketed what it took Dad a week to earn.It all began during a voyage home from … Read more...