Early morning routine, taking a bus into St.Helens town centre from a bus stop in Haydock. Late 1970s.
Mum would have been on her way into work as a cleaner at Blundells on the corner of Chapel Street and my sister Susan would have been on her way to Central Modern school on North Road. I would have a second journey from town to Cowley boys school, sometimes also by bus but most of the time by walking.
Part of the daily drudge to wake up early and walk three quarters of a mile to the bus stop, nice on sunny days not so much on a grey rainy day.
Listening to a Radio 4 play, one of the episodes of the Foundation Trillogy by Isacc Asimov in 1977. One year later I was listening to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in the same bedroom on the same Radio Cassette. Radio 4 became a part of me in those days when something new and interesting was always just around the corner…
Favorite quote from HitchHikers:
“Many men of course became extremely rich, but this was perfectly natural and nothing to be ashamed of because no one was really poor – at least no one worth speaking of.”
– Douglas Adams.
At some point in the late 1970s I went for a walk from my home in Ledger Road Haydock up West End Road. I was testing out a new camera (a Chinese built folding 6×4.5cm Seagull camera) and photographed this couple enjoying the sunshine in their front garden.
They were very kind to give me permission to take the image. The houses on this block were I think due for demolition so this is a real recording of what has passed. The power of facebook means I know the address is 264 Clipsley Lane in Haydock and that their names are Tom and Ivy, their youngest daughter now has this image of them which makes me very happy.