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Riding my Raleigh Chopper Bicycle
Riding my Raleigh Chopper Bicycle (1970 - 1979)
When I was about 9 or 10 I used to ride two up with a mate on a Raleigh Chopper. I would sit at the back and pedal and he would sit in front a steer, with his feet on the cross bar. Looking at a Raleigh Chopper recently I have no idea how we did this. The saddle is really small and as a 50 year old ... 'for the full story click on the title'

Child's play - Alan Beale (1930 - 1939)
A lot of things were played on the way to and from school, such as marbles, suddenly it would be marbles time, so all the way to school you would be playing marbles in the gutter as you went along. Of course in the appropriate season everybody played conkers, you’d bake these and soak them in ... 'for the full story click on the title'

Starting work (1967 - 1967)
I remember when I left school, I left at Easter 1967 and my mum actually found me a job in the paper, as an office junior and she went with me to the interview, which I wasn’t on my own in that because a lot of mums accompanied their children to interviews and I got that job and you could ... 'for the full story click on the title'

Coming to Coventry (1965 - 1965)
My children now think that if I say I actually came from Kenya they think you were in the jungles or something but it was really as good as a house here, obviously because of climatic conditions you don’t have carpets and that kind of thing, but it was a solid built house, a lot of free ... 'for the full story click on the title'

Factory sport (1950 - 1959)
Many of the Coventry factories then had a lot of sports activities for their employees, in bowls, in football, in rugger and there was a lot of friendly rivalry between all of these various sports in the factories because there were the league table and the first divisions and second divisions and ... 'for the full story click on the title'

The Umbrella Club (1960 - 1969)
The Umbrella club was an arts club in Little Park Street, it was opened by the Goons and it was called the Umbrella Club because it was meant to encompass everything and you could go in at 2 o’ clock in the morning and there’d still be people there because it was open all the time, it ... 'for the full story click on the title'

Football in the Street (1920 - 1929)
We often asked at Armishaw’s for a pigs bladder to use for a football probably inflated it by mouth and tied the neck with a bit of string and used it for a football it wasn’t of any weight but it was something for kids to kick about – and another thing - we weren’t allowed ... 'for the full story click on the title'

Computer games (1990 - 1999)
Computer games, just computer games – just used to go crazy for computer games – loved computers – I can name you all the systems I have had, all of the systems that were the trend and all that sort of stuff – it’s sort of died away now but go home, play computer games ... 'for the full story click on the title'

Going out in Coventry (1950 - 1959)
The Casino was going then, the Locarno had just opened, which is now the central library, the rougher people went to the Centre ballroom, which I wouldn’t dare let anyone know I was going to. It was all jive and the Teds used to go there and that was gorgeous, that was great fun, the odd ... 'for the full story click on the title'

Going out dancing (1940 - 1949)
I loved dancing – three nights a week and weekend - GEC ballroom, down the town, and we all wore long dresses. I knew all the dances - all the foxtrot, quickstep, everything. Now my husband he can’t dance – he hasn’t got a clue you know and I was a bit fed up with that but ... 'for the full story click on the title'

Going out (1940 - 1949)
When we’d been on this bunny run where we used to start at the top of down Hertford Street, along Warwick Row, Gosford Green, up the road to Spencer Avenue you’d usually reckon to have some whistles. Invariably you used to meet on the bank steps - the National Provincial Bank – ... 'for the full story click on the title'

Street Games (1940 - 1949)
Hopscotch, tic-tac, kick the tin, rat tat ginger, all the street games, marbles, bottle tops – you know the ordinary cardboard bottle tops they were quite precious you’d collect them and throw them and see who could throw them the longest distance and the one that did collected the rest ... 'for the full story click on the title'

Coventry Carnival procession and other memories - David Moorcroft
Coventry Carnival procession and other memories - David Moorcroft (1953 - 1987)
I was born in Coventry in 1953 and have so many wonderful memories of growing up in a prosperous city, dominated by the car industry and with an emerging proud record for sport - the area of life that most interested me as a teenager. It is tempting to talk about the Jimmy Hill years with ... 'for the full story click on the title'

Memories Of Coventry Generally (1915 - 1943)
Born in Coventry 20th July 1915 I have happy memories of what a diverse and cosmopolitan place it was BEFORE the War. During the Recession period of the 1930`s I remember my father taking me to the outdoor Coventry Market around 9p.m. on a Saturday evening to procure special bargains. I remember ... 'for the full story click on the title'

General Strike (1920 - 1929)
I can remember the General Strike of 1926 (I was eleven) and food got very short. Mother had heard potatoes were coming so she took our old pram and queued to get a sack of potatoes. Proudly exhibiting them when she arrived home oh so tired she opened the sack, Yes there displayed was some ... 'for the full story click on the title'