the_official_nightriders_website003004.jpg
map100-2 map100-1 the_official_nightriders_website003003.jpg
I started school at the age of 5 attending Trinity Terrace Infant School in Camp Hill which is just about standing today. I remember my first day, when I actually thought school was over at dinner time and I made my own way home, which was practically next door. I wasn't too pleased when Mom took me back.
It was very strange to recently stand outside the school and realise how very small it actually was!
the_official_nightriders_website003002.jpg
Click on pic to enlarge
Click on pic to enlarge
Click on pic to enlarge
the_official_nightriders_website007002.jpg map100-1 map100-2
the_official_nightriders_website007001.jpg
Hope Street School today
now neglected - having taken
'plenty of stick'

Click on pics to enlarge             

           Trinity Terrace Church

 

 

We lived opposite an old bombsite
and every year Bob Wilson's Funfair
would pay a visit. It was great fun
bright lights and lots of music.
I started attending Hope Street School.
A very tough school, you didn't mess around there. My good friend comedian Johnny Carroll also attended Hope Street and he's done alright!
the_official_nightriders_website011001.jpg
This is my mate Brian Withers and yours truly rehearsing our SHADOWS steps, notice he has
the better guitar- a very nice Hofner..................

Although my memory is not so good today, I can still remember back to 1950 when I used to wait outside the papershop to buy my 'Sunny Stories'.  From then on I was an avid Enid Blyton fan reading and collecting anything written by her.  As previously mentioned I even received a letter from her after sending in my illustrations.

When the Sunny Stories series stopped, Enid had her own Magazine called 'Enid Blytons magazine' and I became a member of her 'Busy Bees' Club. When I was about 10 I arranged a 'back yard' variety show with some school friends and we raised £3.00 in pennies (which was a lot of money then) for the Busy Bees club.  I remember doing a George Formby routine with a frying pan as a ukelele - I reckon this must have been what gave me a taste of things to come.  We had a mention in her magazine (I would love a copy of this mag if anybody out there has one!)  I was amazed when looking on ebay recently, to come across a copy of Sunny Stories - and here it is!