Park life & river views from 1959

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - TV WEEK - By Nigel Thorn­ton nigel.thorn­ Twit­ter: @PTnigelthorn­ton 01733 588714

To­day’s pic­tures are all pro­vided by Look­ing Back read­ers. Roger Stocks (75,) from Dogsthorpe, kindly sent in five views of Peter­bor­ough he took in 1959.

Roger, who was born and has lived most of his life in the city, told me he took the pic­tures of Cen­tral Park and the river on a Ko­dak Brownie cam­era. The pic­tures show the park in all its glory in­clud­ing the old band­stand.

The pic­tures taken from the Em­bank­ment in­clude a great one with swans in the fore­ground and the old power sta­tion spew­ing out black smoke.

Roger, who found the pic­tures while hav­ing a clear-out, worked for the Post Of­fice for 30 years.

He was born in St Martin’s Street and his fi­nal pic­ture is of a Peter­bor­ough foot­ball team which in­cludes his fa­ther Grant Stokes who is third from left. The pic­ture was taken sometime in the 20s or 30s but Roger doesn’t know which team it was. Can you help him?

To­day’s fi­nal pic­ture was sup­plied by Mrs Au­drey Shaw, from Longth­orpe.It was taken in 1942 when her par­ents Percy and Ma­bel Crow­son were the first joint pres­i­dents of Ro­tary and In­ner Wheel in Peter­bor­ough. It was taken in the ball­room of the An­gel Ho­tel in Bridge Street.

Also pic­tured are Mayor and May­oress Mr and Mrs H Far­row; Mrs D’Arcy (jew­ellers in West­gate); Canon and Mrs Bosley (St John’s Church); Paddy and Jack Ban­croft (Em­bassy Theatre);Mrs Rus­sell (man­ager’s wife Wool­worth’s Bridge Street)and Mr Fowler (Stur­tons Chemist, Bridge Street).

Thanks to Roger and Au­drey for the pic­tures.

If you have any old pic­tures you would like to see fea­tured send them to Look­ing Back, Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph, Unex House, Bourges Boule­vard, Peter­bor­ough PE1 1NG.

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