ROSEBERRY PASSAGE 20/10/06
What a fantastic site. I was raised at 24 Roseberry Passage opp St Peters church from 1948 till we left in the 60s. My name is Doug Westwood and I had a sister called Sandra, my parents (both have now passed away) where Ernie Westwood and Floss Westwood (nee Jenkins ). Mum worked at a class company called Winters at the bottom of Camden Street opp the old Lyric picture house. Dad worked at G-K-N in Heath Street. Does any one remember the shop on the corner of Roseberry Street and Camden Street run by Fred Strain? I would love to hear from any guys and girls who knew any of my family. You can give my email addresse to any person who asks for it. Thanks DOUG WESTWOOD Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other readers of this great site have memories of some of the places I'm about to write about....or remember some of the many friends that we all shared from the fifty's. I shall start with the Cut at the top of Roseberry St all the local kids will have fond thoughts of many days spent playing along the cut, you could walk for miles towards Winson Green and Play along the Feeder then get into trouble by going up the old Boner railway line that ran beside Barford rd school...many times have I been caned for going home via the old Boner.....or how about the bus depot also on roseberry St, we kids would wait for the bus to stop and let off the conductor at the entrance to the depot and then jump onto the platform hold onto the bar that ran from roof of the bus to the floor, and ride the bus as far as we could until one of the staff would scream at us to CLEAR OFF. us kids ( ROGER SPOONER ) (BRIAN HARRISON ) GARY KEEDWELL) ( GEORGE DANCE ) and myself ( DOUG WESTWOOD ) spent many happy hours hanging around that bus depot..... also the Colledge pub on the corner of Colledge st and Spring Hill, there was a boxing gym above the pub that used to train all the local fighters and some went on to be champions in the sport. St Peters church in George st West was also a haunt of us kids as there was a youth club (that us kids founded ) that was in the Crypt........whenever the vicar would allow we climbed to the top of the church tower passed the bells that rang every Sunday morning and for weddings on a Saturday, there where names scratched into the stone.... these where names of A-R-P wardens who watched for fire bombs during the second world war.Does anyne remember the fire at the paint factory opp the church i think the factory was called the WALPAMAR. also the Foundry up Roseberry passage ( where i lived no 24) the nice folks next door where called the Greens there son Peter and two daughters Pauline and Teresa. also the Dance family who lived next door to the brewhouse Trever and George Dance and there mum Gladys.many hours where spent stood outside the Queens pub on Spring Hill clutching a bag of crisps and a bottle of pop with my sister Sandra. until i was eleven and then deemed old enough to baby sit at home.....also the shop on the corner of Roseberry st and opp Roseberry Passage that was owned by a famous footballer Jimmy Dudley ( well he was famous in our eyes) i think he played centre half for West Brom and England.... he always took the bus to home games (how things have changed ) carrying his boots and followed by us kids.the faggot and pea shop at the top of Spring Hill, they were served in basins on wooden tables with oilcloth tablecloths. (oh to taste them faggots now ) you always got a slice of bread to dip into the gravy. I would love to hear from any persons who i knew or new myself or any of my friends from those great days. please send me an email to thanks all DOUG WESTWOOD Email: email@example.com.
Doug and his mom outside the old back to back house. Doug in the garden of his home in Roseberry Passage on Coronation Day 1953.
Photo of Doug standing outside his back to back house, unable to recall who the other two children are. A gang of urchins (salt of the earth) outside of our house in Roseberry Passage (number 24), in the background is the school spire of Camden Street infants. I think this picture incapsulates the late 50s and early 60s. AND the menfolk of Roseberry Passage...........it was again taken on Coronation day, my Dad (Ernie Westwood) is on the far left as you look at the photo, also my uncle is in the front row middle with open shirt.....(William Watters) also known as Paddy, he was from Belfast. Thanks to Doug Westwood for the 4 photos above. firstname.lastname@example.org.