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Kaga simpson
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331 of 345  Thu 9th Nov 2017 11:26am  
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Wearethemods. 1954 - wasn't that the year the first Vespa, Lambretta appeared on Coventry streets?
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Kaga simpson
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332 of 345  Mon 13th Nov 2017 4:31pm  
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1945 VE Day. This is my father and my two young brothers, and my granddad and grandma on the right. You can just see the branches in the right hand corner of the tree my father planted when he came home from WW1. The garden was down to where the photographer (another younger brother) stands until 36/7 time. As you can see, the iron railings and the gates went for scrap. On the left ran the railway, across the road and down by the side of the house. My grandma had 13 kids in that house and they all lived and had families that spread around Coventry.
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Greg
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333 of 345  Mon 13th Nov 2017 7:26pm  
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That looks like it`s by Tusses Bridge, Kaga.
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Not Local
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334 of 345  Mon 13th Nov 2017 8:15pm  
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Lovely picture Kaga. Is that the badge of the Parachute Regiment hanging beneath the flag? If it is then it must surely be in your honour? Or am I jumping to conclusions again (it must be my age). Regards. Roger
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Wearethemods
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335 of 345  Tue 14th Nov 2017 10:28am  
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On 9th Nov 2017 11:26am, Kaga simpson said: Wearethemods. 1954 - wasn't that the year the first Vespa, Lambretta appeared on Coventry streets?
Morning Kaga, the Lambretta Marque celebrates its 70th anniversary this year (although the factory closed some years ago and is now derelict). I can only imagine that the first dealers would have taken delivery towards the end of the 1940's, but when they appeared on Coventry streets I'm not sure. Have you seen 'The Rebel' on TV? The second series began last week and is set in Brighton and it so reminds me of me! If you get a chance watch it. My 1965 Lammy is an Li 150 Silver Special and is worth a few thousand which you will understand if you watch last week's episode Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
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336 of 345  Tue 14th Nov 2017 10:46am  
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Wearethemods. I'm almost sure 1954 they first appeared on Coventry streets. My friend bought one, Vespa I think. We travelled to Cannes on it in 61, gave us no trouble at all, our last journey together. I have a photo of us in the Alps with it. My son puts the photos on the computrr for me but he went back to Chelsea last night so no pictures for a while. No I have not seen the series but will watch in the future. I have seen the signatures carved on the cell doors of the 60's police station. Regards, Kaga.
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Kaga simpson
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337 of 345  Tue 14th Nov 2017 11:23am  
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Greg, yes right under that highway bridge of today. How is Billy Oldham? If you see him ask him if he remembers slamming a coconut against that market tower? Non-local, no I think it was supposed be a Spitfire, no my father would not have favoured me when my brother was in the Pacific being hit by kamikaze planes and my sister in London shooting down doodlebugs. Right behind my father on the corner of the wall was the water-pump, between the top of the door and the corner inside was the gas-meter that everyone hit their head on. Farther up the side the wall caved in a little where a train crashed and lodged up against the wall. Inside the stairs was opposite the front door then curved round to the middle of the house, made the two front bedrooms tiny.
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NormK
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338 of 345  Tue 14th Nov 2017 6:15pm  
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Hey Kaga, just noticed the wall at the front of the house is the same as the wall that remains today on the bridge.
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Greg
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339 of 345  Tue 14th Nov 2017 6:26pm  
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On 14th Nov 2017 11:23am, Kaga simpson said: How is Billy Oldham? If you see him ask him if he remembers slamming a coconut against that market tower?
I have not seen Bill Oldham for some time now but, the last time I spoke to him, he was more or less housebound. I mentioned, some time back, our old next door neighbours Jack and Lizzie Gibbs who were displaced by the M/Way being built. Jack was a Coventry Transport bus driver who also worked part time at the flour mill down the road. This is a picture of the daffodils which were in their garden and ended up under the south east bank. These still come up every spring and bring back happy memories.
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Kaga simpson
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340 of 345  Thu 16th Nov 2017 1:04pm  
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NormK Yes it's the same wall, built the middle thirties and a guy was drowned right outside the fishing shop were the uprights were fixed. If you look at the picture of the house, we three boys had the back room, my Sister's room was over the front door, but she got turfed out for two strange soldiers to be billeted in that room, the bugler played reveille opposite were my Dads sitting, I never heard of anyone in Coventry that had soldiers billeted with them. There were as many as 10 to 20 grown-ups plus their kids visiting at the week-ends in that house, so I heard debates on Coventry factories, cars, Politics, wars, and news. Norm, 1940 time, the two Rose (garage) boys were home on leave, so were the two Randles that lived a few doors from them, and two others from Hen-Lane, they all came to visit Grandma. all in uniform. Looked like the 2nd front. Dreamtime. We used to stretch a skipping rope almost the length of that wall, the girls would jump in then call a boys name run out and the boy would run in, loads of fun and laughter.
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Kaga simpson
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341 of 345  Thu 16th Nov 2017 1:08pm  
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Greg. Is that the highway in the background?
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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342 of 345  Thu 16th Nov 2017 1:49pm  
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Yes Kaga, boy games and girlie games. Doing handstands up the wall but we used to have to tuck everything in with giggly boys looking on!!! Lol Lol
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Greg
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343 of 345  Thu 16th Nov 2017 2:40pm  
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On 16th Nov 2017 1:08pm, Kaga simpson said: Greg. Is that the highway in the background?
Yes, Kaga, the railings run along the right hand side of Aldermans Green Road going towards Bulkington and that is the motorway in the background.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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344 of 345  Thu 16th Nov 2017 7:49pm  
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On 16th Nov 2017 1:49pm, Dreamtime said: Yes Kaga, boy games and girlie games. Doing handstands up the wall but we used to have to tuck everything in with giggly boys looking on!!! Lol Lol
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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345 of 345  Fri 17th Nov 2017 2:25pm  
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Ha ha he he Yes MR, that look says it all, and bearing in mind we were only kids of 9/10 and didn't know any better. Lol
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