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Dougwesley
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181 of 187  Wed 18th Oct 2017 10:04pm  
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On 16th Oct 2015 12:47am, Circusboy said: Hi, would love to contact anyone from Freddies who would have left in 62 as I did. I remember a few names such as Brian Thomson, Graham Gardner, a kid called Colin, Winston & will try to remember others in the meantime. My name is Graham Webster was in 4b in when I left that summer. We did talk about having reunions the year we left but I guess life got in the way. Regards to all who still exist.
Hi. I left Freddies in 65. My name is Doug Wesley. I used to live at 104 King Edward Road (was born there). It's all changed there now, mostly for the worst. Coventry certainly is not the nicest place to live now, at least in some areas. Your name rings a bell but I can't quite place you. If you ever wanna chat about the old times Graham, email me via the contact button
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Dougwesley
Coventry
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182 of 187  Wed 18th Oct 2017 10:14pm  
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On 5th Dec 2015 11:40pm, wingy said: Hi there, I am Roger Wing left Freddies in 62, my brother Keith Wing was a bit younger than me and stayed on. Keith is alive and kicking, a retired gardener for Cov Council, I have recently retired from a varied career, motor trade, s/h shop/publican/chef/motor auction proprietor/property and entertainment. Worked at Aston's immediately upon leaving Freddies, motor cycle salesroom with my father. I live in Warwick now, have travelled extensively and lived in Jersey 1969-1984. Younger brother Peter lives in Jersey, another brother Clive has recently retired from Pub trade Old Dyers Arms Spon End. Sister Carol a nurse, sister Julie lives in France, I am the eldest.
Hi Roger, I vaguely remember your name somehow, although I didn't leave Freddies till 65. My name is Doug Wesley and I used to live in King Edward Road till 76. You more likely would know my brother Dave, who is 4 years older than me & would have left in probably 1961 or thereabouts. I still live in Coventry but in Wyken. You look like you've had almost as many jobs as me. You could do so in those days. I was a chef myself many yrs ago after leaving Henley College in 66 and working in a hotel in Bedford, but worked at Standard Triumph works till 75 (my best job ever). 32 years at Royal Mail was my longest job by far & I am retired now. Take care old Freddie's boy.
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woodman
coventry
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183 of 187  Sun 2nd Dec 2018 12:06pm  
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Hi, I have only just seen this site, so am late in adding to it, but I was at Freddies Seniors from 1962-1967. I actually knew a Dave Owens from a bit before then (assuming it`s the same one). I lived at 72 Swan Lane at that time, and remember Dave from a few doors down. There was also a lad called Nick Gould nearby, but he never went to our school. As for the school, I was in Mr Shannon`s class for the first year (never liked him), and then with Mrs Aitken, who was really nice. I remember she took a party of us to the Belgrade Theatre one night to see The Taming Of The Shrew, which went right over our heads. Next year it was Mr Powell, who I liked. Last year it was `Jack` Bannister, who was OK. Apart from the first year, we were in what was known as the Medway Huts away from the main building. I remember `Dougie` Douglas for TD, Mr Lydiate for music and Mr Turner for RE. Also Mr Cusworth for metalwork and Mr Harris for woodwork. I still have the rickety coffee table I made! Mr Clennet did science and Mr Ireland for Biology. I still remember his big Rover saloon. Art was with Mr Hall and Miss Jackson. My friends at the time were John Trickett and Anthony Tormey among others - not in touch with anyone now. From the girls, I remember Lyn Cruse, Jackie Smith and Anna Fiedler (not sure on the spellings). Does anyone remember the shop in one of the roads opposite towards the cut that would sell you a single cigarette from a packet, and a match to light it with! Be good to hear from anyone who reads this. Jeff Gaught.
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dave owens
california usa
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184 of 187  Fri 7th Dec 2018 6:35am  
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Hi Jeff, I am the Dave Owens you knew. I lived at 60 Swan Lane. I do remember you, your dad was on the buses with my dad in the early 60s. Do you remember a kid at maybe 80 Swan Lane, his name was Bob Chance.
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woodman
coventry
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185 of 187  Sun 9th Dec 2018 5:25pm  
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Hi Dave, Good to hear from you. The name Bob Chance sounds familiar, but I can`t place him. Was he at Freddies? Do you remember the family next door to you, had a huge dog - called Major I think. Not to be messed with! Might have been the O`Sullivan family? I remember playing in those back entries behind the houses. You are right about my dad being on the buses - he drove them for many years. Mum worked at the ladies hairdressers opposite sometimes, then worked at Owen Owen dept. store for some years.
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dave owens
california usa
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186 of 187  Mon 10th Dec 2018 2:26am  
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Hi, woodman, you are right about my neighbours' dog. They were the Sullivans, the dad was called Bill, the daughter was called Leslie. Do you remember the sweetshop across the road, old man Pilgrim's? There was a set of twins that lived just down the street from him, David and John Alexander, they went to Freddie's. The last time I was at Swan Lane was in 2002 when I went to see Coventry play. I was back in England to attend my mother's funeral. Talk to you again, Dave.
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woodman
coventry
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187 of 187  Tue 11th Dec 2018 9:14pm  
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Hi Dave, You`re right, it was the Sullivans ! Your memory is better than mine - I don`t recall the Alexander twins that you mention. Also, I only remember a cafe across the road, roughly opposite to your old house. I had dinner their sometimes when my mum was at work. Can`t recall a sweet shop, even though sweets were a great treat in those days. There was a newsagents just up from my old house (Biggs?). I did a paper round for them for a while morning and evening. I think a company called Mills and Rockley were next to them. Do you remember the Mercers Arms pub ? I spent many evenings in there in my teens. What did you think of Coventry when you visited in 2002 ? Would be interested to know. It`s changed a lot more since. A lot of the central area given over to student accommodation, which has upset some people. You know that Coventry City no longer have their old Highfield Road ground - all housing now. Less said about their current ground situation the better !
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