My life in Langdon Hills
I was born in Berry Lane in 1948 and my parents old bungalow is still there. I went to Langdon Hills Primary School and then to Laindon High Road school. My most poignant memory is that of meeting my dad on his return from work in London every evening and the smell of the steam trains. I am now a steam train fanatic and have been on most steam trains throughout the country. I remember going to Cysters? fruit and veg stall on a corner with my mum and Langdons the Butchers and Tommy Cole the fishmerchant. I went to school with Lesley Parkinson of Parkinson’s Garage and knew the Toomey/Brooks family well and look what thy have achieved. I bought donuts from the bakery by the station and my sister was the first girl to have her hair cut at Peter’s. I live in Crays Hill now but often go to Laindon/Langdon Hills to see how its changed and I think it should have stayed as a wonderful memory of my childhood going over the open spaces, Crown Woods etc without fear of being attacked, building camps with my friends, having our milk delivered by Bob with his horses Molly and Billy which gave me my love of horses and to go on to own some.