BADBY IN THE '30'S
I wasnít born in Badby but my first memories are from there.My schooling started in Badby and I can remember walking down a lane to the school.Although I donít think we lived in the village itself I have a vision of a village pump.
With my foster parents at the time I lived in a council house,and I remember it was a 2 storied place.My foster parents name was Fennell and I have an idea that Mr Fennell worked for the railways.Apart from Mr & Mrs there was Geoffrey,Joan, Leslie and myself .Leslie was a month younger than I,so he was also born in 1928.
I think we moved to Princes Risborough in 1935-1936 as I can remember the houses being decorated for George 1V silver jubilee in Badby,and the abdication and then the decorations for George V1 coronation whilst I lived in Princes Risborough.
As you can see my connection with Northants was very brief although a part of me will always remain there as I had my tonsils taken out in Daventry I think,which also enabled me to have my first ride in a car ,as the district nurse took me there and back .I remember the nurse treating me to an ice cream which was a real treat in those days.
Thinking of ice cream jogs my memory and I recall the Walls ice cream man on his tricart machine as we kids used to give him a push up a very steep hill and he would reward us with an ice block.On the front of his cart there was a sign saying STOP ME AND BUY ONE.
I now live in Australia,via New Zealand and various other places as an evacuee during the second world war in England.