My first Christmas was in 1967. My daughter Helen was 2 months old. It was lovely. We had Christmas dinner at my mother-in-laws. It was a lovely atmosphere.

My husband was from Higher Openshaw. He came with his mum and dad. I came from Bacup so it was a smashing atmosphere, everybody was very friendly.

The shops were all great, you didn’t need to shop in Heywood. I made a lot of friends. My husband said I knew more people on the estate than he did.

Mary