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peterw

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1 of 52  Mon 18th Apr 2011 6:32am  
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Do you know, when you think back to everyday names and sights that were part of our lives in the 50s and 60s and we never thought in our wildest dreams that they would never be there. I have been reading this forum and some of the names of shops, factories even Coventry Transport buses, they were all part of our daily routine but now gone forever, but not forgotten, that is why this particular site is absolutely fantastic for remembering "Our Cov". It is the same here, where I live now, Bletchley, I remember it in the 50s and 60s from when I used to come to my Aunty's on holiday from "Cov". All the old names that I remember from my holiday days have gone and the main shopping street, Queensway, is nothing like it used to be. It is pleasant to walk around and do your shopping, but definitely nothing like it used to be. They call it modernisation, but it is not always for the good. Peter.
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dutchman
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2 of 52  Mon 18th Apr 2011 4:52pm  
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Yes Peter, I feel sorry for anyone growing up here today as they will have few views of the city worth remembering by the time they reach my age.
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peterw

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3 of 52  Wed 20th Apr 2011 5:42am  
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Good morning dutchman, well do you know I have a magazine every month, to do with classic lorries and buses and as I look through the "mag", some of the "every day" vehicles that were on our streets when we were kids growing up, are now preserved vehicles and not seen today, only at classic vehicle shows. Terrible really, to think that everything has changed so quickly, or so it seems. The Coventry I remember and some of the names of shops, places etc etc that we thought would be around for ever and ever have now gone and although I do not get to "Cov" a lot these days, I still get "reports" about the city as it is today, mainly off my forum and my members that live there and it makes sad reading of how the city, our city, the city we love, has changed and what is worse it is not always for the good. Peter.
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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4 of 52  Tue 10th May 2011 1:50pm  
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Hello all. Life does go on. I have memories that are totally a thing of the past as you do, like seeing girls at the grammar school in Warwick Rd every time I travel past. I am glad that they are now there though, enjoying (I hope they are), what I took for granted as a child, which I thought then was just a boy thing. Some changes are not so clever. like changes where a little bit of forward thinking might have saved further scrapping of what have been poorly researched developments. The city planners do not have it easy though, where criteria changes from one decade to another. For me, the saddest losses from the past are our city industries, which provided good employment. Landmarks have gone, like our gasometer, Courtaulds' three hundred & sixty five foot chimney, the Morris car factory water tower, all of these once visible on our landscape. Let's hope that the current investments into both Coventry & Warwick universities are able to springboard a new era of development into technology which puts Coventry on to the world map of enterprise.
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PhilipInCoventry
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5 of 52  Wed 11th May 2011 8:38am  
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Hello Peter, The more I think about your first comment the more I delve. Once a fortnight on a Friday, I look forward to the Ringtons delivery van bringing our tea, coffee & confectionery. We still have a 'Betterware' lady come once a month but that is about it for home deliveries. Thinking back to my growing up days in Wyken, we had milk, bread, pop, greengrocer, Davenports (beer at home). Do you remember the railway van coming to collect your luggage on the Wednesday before you went on your holidays? It was so odd, as both my mum & dad had cars but would not dream of using their car for holidays. I miss the sound of the greengrocer shouting that word out loud & clear, "GREENGROCER"! I think his name was Mr. King but my other friend on here from Sewall Highway might know that. Now into retirement, I often re-step some of my routines from my school days. One day, I drove to Sewall Highway & parked my car. At 8.10 in the morning boarded the bus (No10) at the old No7 terminus and went to the grammar school. I still had to change bus in the city centre, the Finham bus, instead of the No17 Baginton Village as it was then. I met Mr. Vent, (very sadly recently passed away) who was so pleased to show me the new organ installed in the school hall (I had been a church organist for forty years). Some people refer to Coventry as a 'One Horse Town', but I am not going to knock it like that. Coventry has given me a very comfortable living & continues to do so, now into retirement.
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NeilsYard
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6 of 52  Thu 9th Jun 2011 1:20am  
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If I can add into this in the 70's I recall the excitement of anticipation (on Wednesdays I think?) when the Alpine Pop man pulled up in his flat bed. Dandelion and Burdock and those funny white ridged bottle tops. Probably not Cov-specific but in my childhood Cov memories.
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peterw

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7 of 52  Mon 13th Jun 2011 11:47am  
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I can remember when I was young riding around with a family friend who delivered pop for Corona in a small Bantam lorry. If I remember correctly the Corona depot was somewhere near Gosford Street, but I could be wrong on that one, it is many years ago now. Peter
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peterw

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8 of 52  Mon 13th Jun 2011 11:51am  
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Coventry was, I can't say is because I have lost track of it, but it was the greatest city in the world as far as I was concerned. Nowhere was better than "Cov" and I, even today, am proud to be a "Coventry Kid". Peter.
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dutchman
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9 of 52  Mon 13th Jun 2011 2:52pm  
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Looking back on it now I can see it was but I didn't think so at the time. The biggest source of pride that I remember was that it was the home of Jaguar Cars.
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Wighter
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10 of 52  Sun 3rd Jul 2011 1:30am  
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.....and Standard Triumph, Morris Engines, Rootes (Humber, Peugeot), Massey Ferguson Tractors etc, etc....
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dutchman
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11 of 52  Sun 3rd Jul 2011 1:45am  
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That's true Wighter but Jaguar was a prestige brand, probably second in most people's estimation at the time only to Rolls-Royce. And the less I say about a certain football ground being named after a Japanese manufacturer the better. There was time not so long ago (when I lived in Craven Street) I would have been strung-up from the nearest lampost for even suggesting such a thing. And for those idiots on the Telegraph's forum who think my attitude has something to do with the war, it doesn't. (Although I can understand why the older generation would feel that way). It's about having a sense of pride in things created here and not by an arch rival in another country.
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peterw

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12 of 52  Sun 3rd Jul 2011 5:52am  
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Absolutely, pride in "Cov", the greatest city in the world, all the names that we have mentioned in this topic are what went to making our city a great place. The trouble that I find, is that places such as Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow etc etc have all over recent years, had their "period of fame", but not so Coventry, it is very rare to hear "Cov" mentioned in the news or current affairs, it is the same with our old transport system, Coventry Transport as we knew it, we all remember the Coventry buses running around our city, OUR buses, not Birmingham coloured buses, OUR buses, very rarely indeed these days within the preservation world do we hear about Coventry Transport, there is always a good amount of interest in other operators, such as London Transport for instance, but never Coventry. Coventry always seems to be ignored in preference to other places and it is about time it stopped! Coventry was a great city and the city that myself and hundreds of other people that grew up in it remember it as exactly that! No way should us "old Cov kids" sit back and let Mancunians and Liverpudlians and Glaswegians talk about their cities and how they grew up, we should all shout "from the rooftops" about "Cov", let the world remember the city that we love so much. Peter.
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Dreamtime
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13 of 52  Sat 8th Sep 2012 9:38am  
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Given the ages of the senior members of this forum and add the years together, I think we have licence to comment on the 'Good Old Days'. Is there anyone able to tell me when those days actually were!!!!! All most probably different but I would be very interested to know your various opinions - please Thumbs up Roll eyes If I can mention one regular, I think I know when RKid's were!!
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Radford kid
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14 of 52  Sat 8th Sep 2012 10:01am  
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You have it in one Dreamtime yes you are correct the good old days for me were growing up in Radford, and being a little nuisance as you already know. I thought I had lost favour with you from my last posting. I hope we are still ok? Although I live a good life now with my gorgeous wife and family I still sit and dream of my amazing childhood, with every plus their is a minus, in my case I would rather mess about and play than study, it was not until I was about to leave School that I realised I could not for fill my dream of being in the Royal Air Force as Aircrew, my education standard was way too below the mark. So any young people reading this should take note, live now pay later or pay now live later. Only problem with that statement is if you were like me you would not have understood anyway. Good topic Dreamtime . Colin Big grin
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Tricia
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15 of 52  Sat 8th Sep 2012 11:35am  
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Hi Dreamtime, Thumbs up what an excellent topic, I'm sure all the members will have lots to write about. When I look back I only remember good times - growing up in Hillfields just after the war. Being a teenager, whilst Coventry was being rebuilt, and enjoying the freedom that the youngsters don't seem to have now. Getting married, saving the deposit for a house and the thrill of moving into our own home with an indoor toilet and bathroom!! We never thought we would be able to have children but were eventually blessed with two. These have all been good times. But the best time of all for me has been retirement. We are fortunate that we have still each other. Luckily we both have good health - except for the usual aches and pains that come with age. Time's our own and we can do what we like when we like, we have a lovely family and fantastic granddaughters - at this moment in time life couldn't be better. Do I long for the 'Good Old Days'??Not really. Wave
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