Friday, 24 February 2017

Growing up in Eltham in the 1950s ......... stories by Eddy Newport no 4 at the bottom of our garden

The Government Training Centre is now the Nelson Mandela housing estate. 

You can see in in the background of my family photo. That was taken in the garden of the bungalow

.At the bottom of our garden was a large fence, the other side of it was a Government Training Centre.

An establishment set up by the government to help men after the war to get some qualifications to acquire skilled jobs like plumbing carpenters, electricians, gas fitters and hairdressing.

The later being the most popular with the local establishment. Volunteers were asked to be victims to the trainees for practicing their hair cutting skills. On Saturdays, the children were allowed in to have their haircuts.

We would queue up at the gate and then taken through to the large room with all the prospective barbers would be waiting. Depending on who you got, and how much experience he had, you either had a good or bad hair cut.

All this was for free so our parents did not worry, too much, as to how us kids looked like when they came home".

© Eddy Newport 2017

Picture; from the collection of Eddy Newport

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