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Offline Dozydog

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Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2019, 15:07:00 »
Hi Alec,

Welcome to KHF.
I grew up in Wayfield Rd ... just below Eden Avenue, we moved there in 1957 and we were there until the mid 1970's.
I went to Wayfield Infants and remember Mrs Goad. I used to frequent St Mary's boxing Club in Luton where Barry Ludlow taught us and I was also involved with the Theatre Royal, Chatham alongside Alec Ludlow who was formerly of Chatham but at that time resided in Riverhead by Sevenoaks.
Alec was one of the nicest (and funniest) men that I have ever known. It was lovely reading your post which invoked a few memories.
P.S - It was the 140 and the 141 bus that went to Burma Way

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« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2019, 10:43:17 »
Hi Alec. Nice to read your story and I admit to being a bit late doing that. I wonder if the Mr Jones the Welsh sadist you mention from your school days was the same Peter Jones who was at St Margarets primary in  the street of the same name in Rochester back in the 1950s early 60s?
Hit me over the head once with the edge of a wooden foot rule for being sarcastic although I didn't know what that was then. Of course he wasn't the only one to chastise me over the years but that's another story. :)
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« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2019, 23:01:25 »
Alec enjoyed your memories of our local places ,I'm a Rochester Girl through and through have watched for years the changing places around me and sadly miss the good old haunts we used as children , I cant ever imagine what it must be like to live anywhere else and in fact when asked where I have been by a recent friend who had just come back from holidaying abroad I was only able to say the only Islands I had visited where the Isle of Grain and Isle of Sheppey to which they were amazed although it has never bothered me before but I hope to at least once leave these shores before my number is up. Welcome to the forum and enjoy your stay here.
Hope x

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« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2019, 14:45:00 »
DGM,

Thank you so much for this photo!


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« Reply #16 on: September 12, 2018, 21:55:38 »
Alec,

Thanks for responding and I hope your health is improving.

Demolition of the gas holders has been underway for a couple of weeks now and the (hopefully) appended photo shows Holder No.4 this afternoon, your former home is just visible on the right.

Regards
DGM

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« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2018, 19:41:27 »
DGM,

Apologies for a late reply but major health issues have prevented me from being on the forum of late.

Yes, you are correct about Cramptons Road!

Thanks for the update about the gas holders. It'll be strange seeing the place without them.

Alec.

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« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2018, 20:56:53 »
Hello Alec,

I'm afraid I have very slowly been working my way through all the interesting threads and have only just reached this one.  Would your home in Sevenoaks have been the brick built detached house in the corner of the gasworks site in Cramptons Road ?  My family moved to The Moor Road in 1962 and I have a very vague recollection of the house under construction, I was only four at the time !  If this was your home the view is about to change as the two gas holders are about to be dismantled.

Kind regards
DGM

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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2017, 09:36:49 »
Hi, it is strange that we remember things like the railway station order. For me, catching the 16:12 at Canterbury West it was , "Chartham, Chilham, Wye, Ashford, Charing, Lenham, Harrietsham, Hollingbourne, Bearsted, Maidstone East, Bromley South and London Victoria."... Chislet has been closed for many years but as there are plans afoot to build around 2,000 houses at Hersden, Network Rail have given assurance that the Halt will be re-instated.

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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2017, 17:06:27 »
Hi Oldbob

Welcome to KHF, I lived at No 1 which has now been demolished and a Doctors surgery in its place.

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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2017, 15:48:02 »
Hi Invicta Alec and Lutonman

I too lived in Bader Crescent from 1951 to 1967 at and attended Rochester Mathematical School. To answer a couple of questions. Yes the parade of shops on Wayfield Road is still there and the two cars referred to stood outside number 3 and 6. An occupier of number 3 was a talented snooker player and even appeared on black and white TV playing none other than the legendary Joe Davis. Sad to say, he lost.

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« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2014, 16:42:40 »
Hi Alec, I guess like you I too am from Kent, having started in Rainham then Gillingham to Southborough and Manston.  If you peruse my story there are a few more places yet to be revealed; Herne Bay, Dover and Folkestone in turn followed by a brief return to Gillingham before moving away from Kent altogether.

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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2014, 23:59:35 »
Hi Alec,

You've got four years on me so you probably left as I was starting. Bus was definitely 141, and we didn't know anyone that had a car either!

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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2014, 20:00:38 »
Good to hear we have some connections

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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2014, 19:50:38 »
Hi and Welcome Alec,
I too was born in Bader Crescent on the Wayfield estate

Lutonman, I've sent you a PM.

Alec.

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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2014, 19:39:01 »
Hi Alec,

I too, grew up on Wayfield Estate in the 1950's (Burma Way) and can definitely remember Miss Goad!

Hi Smiffy,

Thanks for your reply. Being born in August 1950, I probably started at the school in either May or September latest in 1955. Maybe we were classmates?

While Burma Way meant home to you, to me it was the name on the bus destination board! There were 14 houses on Bader Crescent but only two of those had a car parked outside and one of them was a three wheeled invalid carriage (as they were called then). No car for us and I can remember many a time standing outside the Regent cinema with mum, laden down with shopping waiting for the bus home. Checking other threads here on the transport section, it seems that Maidstone and District alternated the service. (Was it numbered 141?). A Burma Way bus was followed by a Wagon at Hale bus throughout the day.
To this day I can remember the anguished cries from my mum as the bus approached "Oh no. Its a Wagon!" as we stood there patiently waiting in the rain, holding paper carrier bags with string handles, hoping the bottoms didn't fall out of them as they got more and more soggy.

I was always glad to see "Burma Way" on the front of the bus. Happy days eh?

Alec.
 

 

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