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If, for any reason, our Sunday papers weren't delivered, possibly because of illness, I'd accompany dad as he walked from 'Romney Way', down 'Cottage Close', along 'Burton Road' and up 'Bridson's Hill' to the shop at the end of 'Station Road'. I imagine about a 40 minute round trip with a five year old tagging along. Once the passenger service ceased on the railway, many people, whose property backed onto the tracks, began cutting across the lines and this trip could now be completed in just 10 minutes.
Bridson's steam engines were a joy to us kids, in those days, as they trundled along the roads.
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I'd love to know how many hours I spent in this park... hundreds, I'm sure. I remember either George Fewtrell or his brother sitting on one of those swings singing 'I Saw Eesaw Sitting On A Seesaw'. The park was very rarely entered via the gateways, as kids, we always came charging in through one of the holes in the hedgerow and strangely, although the area was very popular at the time, I recall there was very little bullying.
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c1939 - Stanney Fields. The entrance from Hinderton Road took you past the original, wood-built British Legion. My enduring memory of this spot, in the 50s-60s, was Mrs. Lewis (Mary Lewis's mum) yodelling along to a piano accompaniment and very good she was, too. The gardens to the right look to be freshly planted at this point but those plants and bushes matured beautifully to eventually hide the railway-sleeper fencing which lay behind and created a very pleasant walkway into the park. In the distance, beyond Station Road a new 'Mellock Estate' will soon begin to appear.

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Just outside the stationmaster's house at the junction of 'Bushell Road', there was a small grassy area, rather like a mini-roundabout, with a lamp in the centre. This was known as the 'Cock-Pit and was the site of the old cock-fights, many years before.

Note the two ploughs to the left, either heading out from 'Mealor & Sons' in Ness or being brought in for sale.

About a hundred yards down from the station was a wooden paddock... and each year, when the circus was due to play at the Parkgate Fields, the elephants would arrive by rail and spend a couple of days parked up in a hay-filled railway wagon. One year, the handlers allowed some of us younger children, with our mothers, to enter the truck and feed the animals with handfuls of the hay. I can still imagine the hot, sweet smell of the elephant's breath inside that enclosed space. I also seem to recall being allowed to clamber over the stacked, hay bales and slide down... great fun!!! This 'opening up to the public' could have been going on for years but I just have a memory of that one visit.

We had a royal drive-past, one year and I think we were, probably, given a day off school. I remember every house that backed onto the tracks, including our own, had relatives and friends round to stand and cheer at the bottom of their gardens as the Queen went past. Unfortunately, it was lunch time when she finally arrived and all the blinds were down on the coaches!!!

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This is more or less the view from the end of our back garden in Romney Way.
After the line closed, the only diesels to use these tracks were trainee drivers, under instruction. Freight trains continued to travel through for a while but never stopped at Neston South, it was a while before they actually ripped up the track.
The rooftops to the right of the bridge are Bendee Road.
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