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1954. View shows two young boys looking bored sitting on a patch of grass at the side of Torre Road. A fence is seen in the background. Photograph courtesy of Terry Cryer.
Cheer up lads theres plenty to do in the Torres. well they was in those safe days,in the summer you could always help out on Athas feast.Then in November you could go chumping make a guy charge a penny for the guy mister.Then they were bonfire night itself.Never forget when my mate n i whom grew up with on Torre estate in the 70s, did not have a guy one year so i dreessed my mate up put an old parker on him back to front he kneeled him down and away i went, penny for the guy n it worked lol.Then when we were skint before xmas we would go door to door collecting for a jumble sale that we would have outside my front gate(carol singing that mage a few pence as well)Knock knock hello any entertainment we can sing n dance for you for 10p or just give us your old pop bottles n we can split the returns).Then they were football n cricket matches that at least 30 kids(and adults) off the estate would play in on the crescent.And you could always go to Burtons near by n climb black hills or red hills.Apple garden nickin was another pass time fill ya pockets and lob em at each others gangs.bike riding on us grifter bikes skiding into the shingles at end of torre hill.And oh yes i almost forgot nov 4th was mischeifas night,i think i will tell you...... oh no better not lol.Yes as a child growing up on Torre estate in the long gone 1970s it was great many many happy memorys i could right a book on em.Bless those days so much more fun been a child then than now i would think.It was safe everyone was a bit rough on Torre estate but i tell you what we all looked out for each other.............
The boy on the left is my dad Denis Cryer. Now 65 years young! I believe this was taken by 80 Torre Road, the house my dad was born in and lived there until we all moved in 1978. I love this picture of my dad. I think the other boy was called either Michael or David, who died very young from an asthma attack.
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