A right bargain!

My Aunty Lynda and Terrence have lived next door for 53 years. They are the original people from when the house was built. She has lived there for that long that when she bought the house it was only £14,000! L Ashton

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Back from the future: a poem by Robin Parker

This poem was written at an Overspill workshop led by poet John Lindley which the Langley Writers took part in in November 2019. Back from the future Eight immigrants, Indigenous population absent, Writing in refurbished Community centre, Heading for mists of history. Riverside from Merseyside Control Bowlee Park, Control most of overspill. Rest consisting of […]

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10 kids in the house!

I was born in 1943, in Harpurhey in a two up and two down. 10 kids in the house! There my grandma lived next door, but one, so I spent a lot of time there. We only had cold water in the house, and no electricity. Flags on the floor in the kitchen. We just […]

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Those bloody lads

I came from Miles Ploatting. I was born in 1951, I was four and a half, so it was the spring of 1956. I don’t remember much about Miles Platting. My first memory is the move. I remember the big van. There was no school. The school board came to see my mam and said […]

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Senior Service

I was 21 when I came up here. I was born in Ancoats. When they brought the houses down, we went to Chorlton on Medlock, facing High Street baths. The council that only had those houses for 13 years and so we were moved to Langley, I went working at the cigarette factory in the […]

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You never saw snow in Sale.

I lived in Sale. My husband was from Blakely, we moved when we got married, had two daughters, and they went to St Mary’s primary. I remember the van, the mobile shop Bob’s. He sold everything, things you might run out of. Then they built Lakeland shops, It was so cold when we first came […]

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Bob’s van at midnight

At first, I went to Magdalena Street school because there was no school in Langley. There weren’t enough places. I was eight or nine when we moved. And I went to Langley high, which was the new secondary modern School. They built Bishop Marshall the Catholic school afterwards, I lived in Harpurhey before – I […]

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