This little story is dedicated to all my childhood friends, and especially attributed to Peter Culver, who lived at number
Pete, one of the nicest kids around, he played a big role in helping to get this trolley built.
It had to be the best home made trolley in the world.
Do any of you remember it?
Not only was it about ten feet long, but it was built for speed. It was made for us younger kids by an older brother who had by this time already left school.
He used the best and strongest scraps of wood that he could find. The strength and structure of the trolley was very important as it had to serve a special purpose.
It had to be strong enough to carry about ten of us kids to school. A six wheeler, it was fast, handled superbly and had a great steering mechanism at the front and a brake at the rear. The front wheels and axle were from an old pram and there were two medium sized wheels about half way along in the middle. The rear wheels were full sized bicycle wheels with inflated rubber tires. It was the envy of all the other kids on the estate, when viewed from the side it had a sloped and sporty racing look. I think we must have reached speeds in excess of thirty miles an hour if not more. Starting at the top of the Cuckoo hill and rolling down the avenue to Brants Walk and what was then
Once we reached Brants Walk we would hide the trolley in the council garden bushes until it was time to go home. Apart from myself who was actually the youngest, the other kids names that I can remember in approximate age order from front to back were: Myself, Jackie French, Paul Culver, Ray Shelvy, Alan Fields, Tony Moody, Peter Culver, Brian Jones, Eddie Walford and Roy Markwell.Those were the days, we made our own fun and toys and thoroughly enjoyed it!