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Quoting: thomas fleming
Syd , Didn’t you get your supply of milk powder or ,powdered eggs in tins, these became our cans to light up or even used with attached string to walk on as stilts. Don’t forget the enermy could have mined the roads you’ve got to be careful when your young.Essential was your see-back-ascope used to spot the enemy sneaking up behind you.
Thomas, Thomas! You must be one of the younger fellers. Milk powder and powdered eggs hadn’t been invented!
A favourite game of our gang was ’Follow my leader’ and the biggest argument was always about who was going to be fourth in line. Obviously when we ran up the street banging on each front door as we went by, the fourth in line was usually the one who collected a clip round his ear from the irate house holder who answered the knocks.
Another after dark favourite was ’An Adventure’. We would sneak round the back of a house at the end of the street and go to the far end of it’s garden. One after the other we would climb over the fence/hedge, cross the next garden and climb over the next fence. In this way we would go from one end of the street to the other by which time, if we hadn’t been caught or frightened out of our wits, it was time to go home.
I shall never forget the occasion when a fence proved to be too high for me to get over. I was completely stuck and nobody was going to come back to help. We were creating so much noise that the ’bloke’ came out to see what was happening, I was trapped and absolutely terrified. Never so frightened in my life before or since, floods of tears, howling my silly head off, this great shadow moving towards me. He didn’t shout, just took me by the hand, led me to the gate and let me go. Back in the street the rest of the gang gathered round amazed that I hadn’t been beaten, or worse, taken off to the police station. I was all of six years old.