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TonyS
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16 of 20  Sun 8th Jan 2012 6:45pm  
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On 8th Jan 2012 6:18pm, dutchman said: Synchromesh on the top three gears, just avoid using first! Lol
Gosh. I haven't double-declutched for a long while! Thumbs up My driving instructor owned the Palmer School of Motoring. I think he lived in Canley, and had an office in Berry Street.
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mayjan
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17 of 20  Sun 8th Jan 2012 6:52pm  
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Tony years ago when I lived in Hillfields I had some driving lessons at a school in Berry St it was called Colins Driving School, probably the same one. He took me out on a lesson one day and I frightened him to death because I was driving too fast! Lol Thumbs up
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TonyS
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18 of 20  Mon 9th Jan 2012 9:53am  
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Hi mayjan, It could well have been the same office, possibly used to make bookings for several instructors? I had my lessons, paid for by my mother (thanks Mum!), in 1967 Thumbs up
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MisterD-Di
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19 of 20  Mon 9th Jan 2012 12:21pm  
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I am sure there was more than one driving school in Berry Street. I learned with Parkside School of Motoring in 1971 which had an office there, which I think was only 2 or 3 doors up from Palmers, and the names were similar enough to confuse people. Parkside ran a fleet of Mk1 Escorts, some of which were kept in a yard on the corner of Binley Rd and Biggin Hall Crescent. Lessons were 25/6d at the time of decimalisation.
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Tricia
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20 of 20  Mon 9th Jan 2012 3:57pm  
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I think you are right D-Di, whilst I was a child growing up in Coronation Road there was a driving school just around the corner in Berry Street; it was next door to Saddler's shop. I can only remember three shops in the street between Coronation Road and King Edward Road - Wooley's on the corner of Coronation Road, the driving school and Saddlers. (Saddlers later became a ladies hair dressers in the mid 60s.) A doctors surgery was on the corner of King Edward Road. Across King Edward Road was Hammond's the butchers (later it was Ber-Dots), then Holland's the sweet shop, which was later known as the Tuck Shop, a little further down was Mc Sweeney's ladies clothes shop, then Fred Burrows' florists; the last shop in Berry Street just before the 'Brook Entry' was Keen's butchers/grocers. I seem to think that when McSweeney's closed down a driving school took the premises over. Circa the late 50s early 60s a turf accountants opened, I'm not sure if it was where the florists was. Sorry I can only remember a driving school called Palmers and I think it was the one next to Saddlers. Sad Of course, I'm going back over 60 years and my memory isn't as good as I seem to think it is and I may be proved wrong Sad Wave
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