Our recent photo of Normanton Road brought back happy memories for Brian Summers , of Ferrers Way, Darley Abbey.
I LOOK forward each week to receiving Bygones as many of the articles printed bring back memories of my life in Derby for quite a number of years. One of your recent publications showing a picture of Normanton Road and an article by your reader David Middleton (Bygones, July 2) was right up my street, literally.
My family moved to Cummings Street in 1931 when I was three years old. After a childhood of growing up, which included putting nails and other odds and ends on the tramlines at the bottom of the street to see what they looked like when squashed, playing all sorts of games in the street, and other activities far too many to itemise, I finally reached the age when all this gradually came to an end as secondary school took over and youthful activities were more prominent.
At the age of 14 I, too, became eligible to begin a paper round. You needed permission to do so from the Education Authority in Becket Street. A lapel badge was issued at the same time to confirm approval. With this gained, my employer was the same first shop as your reader Mr Middleton, Mr Smart on Lower Dale Road, but during the interval of five years it was now owned by Mrs Thompson. Continue reading