I have fond memories of growing up in Liverpool. I was born 10 years after the end of WW2. in 1955. We lived on Lightwood street, at the top of Earl Road next to Timpron street. It was a busy area, lots of kids, I bet you could count 30 plus kids living on the same street. My fathers family had lived in the same area from around 1904 until they began pulling it down in the late 70s. He had 5 brothers and 4 sisters, all born in 2 up 2 down terrace house in Barnette street.

As kids in the 60s we made our own fun. No mobile phone or I. players. The TV wasn't on all day, we could watch it for half an hour around 1 o'clock in the afternoon. That was watch with mother. When that had finished there was nothing on the TV then until 5 O'clock when we got the news, and programs like Batman and Robin, Four Feather Fours, Thunderbirds, Stingray and others. We only had 2 channels to choose from and 90 percent of the T.V sets were black and white. We played outside all summer, the old cobbled streets was our playground.

We had a good shopping area, lots of local shops with plenty of fresh fruit and veg. Fish mongers, a chandlers, I can remember that shop always had a strong smell of paraffin. The local chemist at the top of Earl Road, there was even a Echo office where the legions of paper boys and girls would go and collect their bundle of papers to deliver in the local area. I can remember there was an early echo and a late echo. There was also the pink echo, that was the sports edition and came out on a Saturday.

As you approached the top of Earl Road, you came to a 5 way junction. There was Smithdown road, that was left at Martins Bank. Second on the left we came to Lodge lane. Directly opposite was Parliament street and to the right was Tunnel road. I remember Smithdown road was were we went for a chippy super. The chip shop was called the Ruby chippy. I can see the gentleman now, he always wore his white overall coat, you could see him making the chips from the potatoes in his special chip making machine. Then he would throw them into the hot fat, I can see them now and they tasted delicious.

Lodge Lane had the swimming baths. It was also the place of the public wash rooms. Not all the houses on many of the streets up and down Earl Road had bathrooms. So when we got older, we use to go to wash rooms located on the right of Lodge lane near the top of the road. For a few pennies, you could have nice hot bath and that even included a bar of soap and a lovely fluffy towel.

Parliament street, as it does today lead you all the way to the dock road. Another busy area, not as many shops. It was an area where a lot of the beautiful and colourful people of the West Indies settled. I remember those ladies and gentleman with a fondness and respect. Always impeccably dressed, always smiling, the most polite and courteous of people you could wish to meet. The gentleman raising his hat when ever a lady passed by, wishing her a good morning.

The sun shone down on the old cobbled streets of my youth, melting the tar and warming our hearts, the music and the laughter. The innocents of youth, and hope, a hope for peace and happy times ahead.



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This story was added on 30th May 2019

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Earl Road 1960s Liverpool.