We moved from Longsight to Coledale Drive in Langley when I was about 7 (1954ish) It took us several hours to find the house as the bus stopped a mile from where we were to live. It was late November, dark and deep snow. We eventually asked a gentleman passing by if he knew where it was. ‘Yes’, he said, ‘That’s where I live. He took us to his house, introduced us to his family, gave us tea and then showed us our new home. The Wrights became good friends throughout the next 14 years. As kids, we used to play cricket in the street using a street light standard as a wicket. We had fields to roam around and a stream in which to catch sticklebacks and frogs. I started out at St Mary’s catholic school, joined the church choir. As there was no secondary school in Langley, for 2 years we were bussed to St Patrick’s Boys School in Sudell Street, Manchester. When Bishop Marshall Memorial School was built, I went there and became the school’s first Head Boy. I joined the North Manchester Cathedral Choir (Salford) and started playing and singing around the pubs in Bury, Middleton (Ring O’ Bells) Whitefield, MSG in Manchester and even ventured over the border to Todmorden. I was working as an apprentice precision engineer in Middleton.
Around 1968 we did a house swap and moved to Stevenage and lost touch.
The old houses have been demolished.