HOME: Poems written at Woodclough Day Centre

Home I wouldn’t like to live there, if the wind got up you’d blow over! That’d be nice, I’d like a swimming pool I wouldn’t like to pay the electric bill I’d have that grass cut in no time This house would be easy to do the pointing I prefer this cosy cottage I think […]

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Ructions at Redmans

“Just past the bottom of Wood Street, in the centre of Middleton, was a shop called Redmans. Every Wednesday they had bacon ribs for sale. These provided a very cheap meal with cabbage, bread and butter. Before Langley was built there were always enough ribs for all who wanted them, but after it was built […]

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In the Same Boat

We came in 55 from the prefabsWhat a lovely house!Gardens, indoor toilets and stairs for the first time – we ran up and down them all day longBut winter in Langley was freezingNo central heatingso I’dwarm my legs by a stove in the morningsdrinking a cup of tea while the family was still in bed.We […]

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The good old days

“When I came to Langley in 1970 I was five. We came from Blakely, but my parents came from Collyhurst. As a child you could go to Lakeland Court, which used to be a heaving shopping centre but it went into decline. It had a supermarket, laundrette, paper shop, chippy, butchers and a cake shop. […]

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