But my dad was in his mid 60s and my mum and three of my sisters never took to the air.
So by the time I walked through the doors of Manchester airport it had become a big place and today is even bigger.
I was reminded of all of this when I came across a menu for the restaurant at the airport which I think dates from either the late 1950s or early 1960s.
And right away we are in a different era, for the whole thing is in French with of course an English translation. So the Les Entremets et Canapes [sweets and savouries] consisted of 21 dishes including Parfait Ringway [Vanilla and Strawberry Ice, Cherries, Chopped Nuts, Fruit salad], Campe aux Sardines [Sardines on toast] both at 3s 6d.
There was a Guide to Culinary terms and that invitation to elegant dining with the food “cooked beside your table” which included Tournedos Ringway at 10s 6d, Poulec a la Broche at 21s and Steak Tartar for 12s 0d
Now I am fascinated by the firm who did the catering. This was The House of Smallmans who were based in Rushholme and in 1962 at Heald Green, and will be worth a little research.
But in the mean time I shall close with some other images of the airport in the 1950s ranging from the restaurant to the departure lounge.