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Happy childhood memories spent in West Bromwich Park

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

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REGARDING the article in The Bugle (January 23 edition) on Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich.

I was born in that street on October 31, 1937, so on fine summer days (in school holidays) our destination for the day equipped with jam sandwiches and bottles of water would be the park. We would paddle in the paddling pool and spend happy times on the swings.

Later in teenage years, it was our meeting place. We would play records on the juke box in the cafe and obviously look to see who we fancied etc.

Usually in summer we would stop off at Trows in Bull Street having ice cream in a glass with 1d fruit juice added, and in winter sit in the back room (red leather seats) drinking Horlicks.

I do remember one magic winter when the boating pool froze over dashing home from school, eating a quick tea and then meeting school friends to skate on the pool.

We were charged 6d to leave our shoes etc., in the Boat House.

What happy times we spent in Dartmouth Park. Are there any readers out there who remember those times?

June Bowkley,

(nee Bromley),

43 Portland Drive,

Pedmore, Stourbridge.

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