Tuesday 28 July 2009 10.20am
An excellent cause, Jan. I hope lots of kids continue to benefit from it. It's one I wasn't aware of, but back in the early fifties I went on a day trip to Hove, organised by what could have been a charity at the time, or maybe even the Council. Like the one mentioned, it was for kids who couldn't have a holiday. My own kids, and even my wife, who is fifteen years younger than me, find it hard to believe how safe we felt back in those days compared to now, when we're afraid to let our kids out of our sight. I remember my Mum putting me on a coach in the Walworth Road
, full of other kids who I didn't know from Adam, and waiving me off. When we arrived in Hove the adult in charge would tell us to go off and enjoy ourselves and be sure to be back at the spot for lunch at one o'clock. We would then go off in little groups with friends we had made on the journey. No adults, just us eight year olds. After lunch we would wander off again for a few hours and then get the coach home. No mobile phones in those days of course, to keep in touch with parents or even the adult in charge. Unbelievable!