The Avenue

Jumpers for goal-posts

By Paul Clarkson

 
Photo:Green space: a great place for football

Green space: a great place for football

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Great for football

I lived in Colbourne Avenue between 1959 and 1967 with my parents and grandparents. I was about nine years old when I used to go to The Avenue to play football with my friends. It was a fabulous area as the grass was nice and it was quite a way from the road so it was safe. You could usually get a few other boys to make up a couple of teams and down went the jumpers and coats and a game got underway.

Seen but not heard

My Nan's sister and her husband, Queenie and Will Stimson, lived along The Avenue, and as a small boy we used to sometimes have Sunday tea at their house. In those days we wore our Sunday best and kept on our best behaviour, it really was the days of 'seen but not heard'. My parents Eileen and Dennis were married at St Andrews in 1950 just up the road on Hillside.

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A funny family story

One funny story that I always remember was that my Mum was returning home from work one afternoon across The Avenue. with her friend Rene Chapman. They both had cleaning jobs at the newly built college block on Lewes Road. There was a large mound of earth where some work was being done, and my Mum saw these two boys pushing a three-wheel bike to the top and riding it down. She turned to Rene and said "Look at those two kids, if they were mine I'd tan their backsides!" Apparently Rene started laughing and my Mum turned to look again and said, "They are my bloody kids!" We didn't get our backsides tanned but that story was told in our family for many years afterwards.

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