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I waved to the passing trains when I lived near Wednesbury wharf

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 19, 2014

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WITH reference to your letter about the Wednesbury Bridge New Coal Wharf in The Bugle (July 31 edition).

I lived opposite where the boats went in and out of the basin.

Our garden was right next to Walsh Grahams Timber Yard.

I remember the boats going in and out with the horses pulling them.

Me and my dad used to jump over the garden wall and do some fishing.

Also our friends used to sometimes join us.

Our street was named Tame Street.

It was a lovely place to live and although I was an only child I was never lonely as all the children in the street used to play together on the fields and sometimes we would go off on our bikes along the canal.

Also the adults used to help each other.

My best friends then were Hilary and Susan Wardle and also the Dags family and Carol Meadows.

Mrs Holt used to help women have their babies as a lot had their babies at home then.

She also laid my Grandad out when he died.

I also remember the Fountain Inn, although my dad used the Globe which was in a street opposite the Fountain Inn.

We used to wave to the trains going past and once the Queen went by and we all stood in the field waving our flags.

I had a lovely childhood there, but they pulled the houses down when I was 18 years old.

We moved to a house on Charlemont Farm Estate. Hilary and Susan moved to a flat there with their parents.

But I lost touch with everyone else as we all moved to various places.

I often wonder what happened to them all.

I love reading your paper and buy it every week.

Mrs Valerie Chattoe,

(nee Skidmore),

Wildwood,

Stafford.

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