Tuesday 24 November 2009 7.09pm
Yes I also miss SE1/SE17
I moved away from the Old Kent Road
when I got married in 1969 and bought a bungalow in Essex for £5,700! I know that now sounds rediculously cheap, but my salary was less than one fifth of that back then. Having said that, property prices have grown way out of proportion to salaries. The same property would now be worth in the region of £300,000, and I don't think there are many young first time buyers with an income of £60,000+
I left school at age 15 withiout a single G.C.E., as they were known in those days and was, like all my mates, a product of the Coucil house system. But we
all ended up buying our own homes. We truly were a lucky generation.
I've been back to my old stomping ground a few times over the years and of course it's changed, almost out of recognition. The two houses I lived in are both now gone, as is the old fishing tackle shop, Millwall's old Den, the' Hole in the wall,' (where George sold the best pies, chips, faggotts and peas pudding in the world,) the 'Regal' and the Astoria' cinemas. Even the old canal where, armed with a jam jar and net, I spent many a blissful summer Sunday catching sticklebacks.
I remember spending a lot of money on sick animals at a certain place just off of the Old Kent Road
back in those days.Unfortunately I didn't know they were sick before I backed them.....
R.I.P. New Cross dog track!