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Arthur
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61 of 71  Sat 12th Sep 2015 9:56am  
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When I first arrived in Coventry in 1946, we lived in Newdigate Road and we had two scrap yards. The one on the corner of Red Lane was Roaches and the one up the end was old man Smithie who lived in a caravan on the site.

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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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62 of 71  Sun 13th Sep 2015 10:55am  
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Have posted this before, but the first scrap yard I ever saw was down the small road down to the 'slough' 1941 time, he made enough money to buy land and build a house, much to the envy of the neighbours that criticised him.
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Alvisnick
France
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63 of 71  Sat 19th Sep 2015 9:46pm  
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Roach's Scrapyard existed before WWII, as early as the 1920's. It is known that the Alvis company always used Roach's to destroy their old racing cars and many prototype vehicles that could not be sold for one reason or another. Roach's were charged with guaranteeing that any such vehicles were totally destroyed and no parts sold. In fact parts of one of the 1920's front wheel drive Alvis racing cars did emerge, having been buried under tons of metal until just after WWII. These parts are now being rebuilt into a replica of the original front wheel drive racer.
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Roger T
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64 of 71  Sun 20th Sep 2015 8:05pm  
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Strange how it managed to survive WW2 when I seem to remember they were collecting really fancy railings and everything else they could lay their hands on.
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sipods
South Korea
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65 of 71  Fri 22nd Jan 2016 4:09am  
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On 21st Jan 2014 3:33pm, Radford kid said: Hello Mickw, the names you mentioned I know them very well, along with Mick Dintar (Hot Dog), Skip (the Prisoner) and a few others including myself (Rover) we started WK CB using the Grange (lighthouse) then we moved to the Barras Heath Working Men's Club until it disbanded, during that time I took my RAE and became legal operating on 2m and 70cm. Anyone who took the RAE were called B.O.Fs I will let you work that one out. It's a small world Mick and I must know you if you worked with Mick Dintar.,One of the Valley road scrap yards was operated by another CBer, Danny Cxxxxx. I hope you throw some more memories this way Mick. Colin. Cheers
I remember Skip (The Prisoner) and Hot Dog and WKCB! Small world. I was actually WKCB 277 and attended the meetings at the tender age of 16 but still got a few pints in the club! I'm also licensed now and live in Korea although originally from Coundon. Call is HL5ZEE or US call NP2PU. Ru still active. I'm active on HF - would be great to meet on air. 73 - Simon (Taxi Cab back in the day!).
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Slim
Another Coventry kid
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66 of 71  Fri 6th Nov 2020 12:48pm  
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As I got bigger, I wanted a bigger bike, so my mate who was into bikes sold me one. Admittedly it needed a bit of work, but when my dad saw it he said "where did you get that, Roach's yard?" It was his sarcastic way of saying it was tat. He often used that expression if he disproved of something. Of course, at first I didn't know what he meant, so he had to explain. Now I know where it was. I think that was classed as Earlsdon in the olden days. From what he told me, I gather Roach's was well known as the scrapyard, even when he was lad. Post copied from topic Albany Road / Butts on 6th Nov 2020 2:38 pm
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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67 of 71  Fri 6th Nov 2020 5:10pm  
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From 61 to 66 I went to school with a Peter Bates whose dad ran a scrapyard. Pete had an elder brother called David. Anyone know them or where their yard was?
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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68 of 71  Fri 6th Nov 2020 5:52pm  
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Mick. Have a look at this thread, post #9 onwards Thumbs up
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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69 of 71  Fri 6th Nov 2020 6:32pm  
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Thanks, never thought to look under demolition.
Mick Strong

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matchle55
Coventry
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70 of 71  Fri 6th Nov 2020 9:56pm  
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Cheers
On 6th Nov 2020 5:10pm, Mick Strong said: From 61 to 66 I went to school with a Peter Bates whose dad ran a scrapyard. Pete had an elder brother called David. Anyone know them or where their yard was?
Mick, Following your recent posts, our paths must have crossed at some time as I lived near the Lime Tree Club in Tile Hill and began drinking in some of the pubs you mentioned, now sadly gone. Cheers David Bates was in my year at Woodlands School, he might have even been in my house which was Smith Clarke but I am not sure. Some years ago, 20+ at least, the brothers had a scrapyard on the estate which is opposite the Ricoh. Thumbs up
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Slim
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71 of 71  Sat 7th Nov 2020 12:20am  
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Is there a scrapyard left in Coventry these days? There used to be lots of them: Alpha Metals, Prices, Martins Metals, George Hilditch... plus others whose names I cannot recall.
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