Photograph was taken by Anthony J Sargeant in August 1959 appoaching Black Spout Gully on Lochnagar in the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland. Climbing up the steep gully is fairly straightforward in the summer although in the winter the climb through the snow and ice of the cornice at the top and thereby onto the summit plateau can be a challenge. On this day in 1959 there was low cloud and mist shrouding the mountain top but just after reaching the summit and beginning to descend on the southern flank the cloud parted like theatre curtains revealing the valleys and hills below. The only real danger is from loose rock dislodged above you when in the narrow part of the gully.
Because of the large scale bombing of the civilian population by the Germans during WW2 and the consequent destruction of many homes there was a desperate shortage of housing after the war. It was to meet this need that prefabricated (flat pack) houses were designed (“Prefabs”). Built in the factory they could be very quickly erected on site around a central utility point already installed in the foundations. The housing was meant to last 10 years. During my childhood there were still many prefabs in South London and they continued to exist well into the late 1960s. Amazingly and wonderfully some still exist now some 60 years after their ‘use by date’. This example is on the Excalibur Estate in Catford, South London, and it was photographed by Anthony J Sargeant in July 2016.
Sibenik is about halfway up the Adriatic coast of former Yugoslavia (as it was in 1966). It has no beach in the port town itself and so one took a small boat out to the small offshore island which served as the town’s ‘beach’ – although it was not so much a beach (no sand) but a paved esplanade to the water’s edge and behind that a cool Mediterranean conifer hinterland. Tony Sargeant stayed there with Gill Parks for some weeks in the summer of 1966.
The beautiful coastline of what was ‘Yugoslavia’ in 1966 during a wonderful extended summer holiday. We drove down through Europe and over the Gross Glockner pass and into Yugoslavia. We had an old pale blue Austin A35 van which behaved impeccably throughout apart from repeatedly overheating climbing the Gross Glockner Pass so that we had to keep stopping to let the engine cool down.
Tony Sargeant (Anthony Sargeant) has this photograph of the family car taken by his mother with the Brownie 127 camera which his parents bought him for passing his 11+ examination. It shows the wonderful Vauxhall 16hp convertible that was bought that year to replace the first family car which was a 1935/6 Standard 10. Tony’s Father is sitting in the drivers seat with Tony’s brother by his side and Tony standing behind. It is parked outside the family home (a two bedroom maisonette) 39 Worseley Bridge Road, SE26, which was just on the edge of The Bellingham Council Estate in South London.
The car bought had been resprayed a dark green colour but with the Vauxhall trademark chrome flashes on the hinges of the bonnet. The car also had a new canvas roof. It cost £140 and was bought from a second hand car dealer in Lewisham. There were two of this model on the used car lot – the other one, painted in grey and maroon, was in less good condition and cost £125.
The photograph does not do justice to the stylish car but is the only one that Tony has so appended to this post is a photograph from the web of the same model (hope this does not infringe anybody’s copyright – please let me know if it does and I will remove it) .
Sadly my father sold the car (for £25!) in part exchange for a more modern car (a 1953 Ford Zephyr) a few years later.