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Arthur
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61 of 65  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 65  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 65  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 Turner
Torksey
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64 of 65  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 65  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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