Picture reminded me of old friends
MADAM , – While looking at The Way We Were on September 8, I saw the face of someone I grew up with.
He is one of the group of soldiers in the picture at the top of the page and his name is Wilfred (Wilfy) Fitchford
We both lived in Lime Street, Tunstall, which became Hammond Street. Wilfy was halfway up the street, and I was near the bottom. We spent many childhood years together. Along with our friends, we explored the fields and old buildings, of which there were many in that part of Tunstall. Of course, when we grew older we lost touch with each other and I often wondered what happened to Wilfy. I didn't realise he'd gone into the Forces.
He was a quiet, lovely lad, as I remember, and he will always be part of my memories of a wonderful childhood.
There were about eight of us boys and girls and all we wanted was a bottle of water and we'd be gone for the day in Bradwell Woods or somewhere similar. We'd return home at the end of the day, worn out but happy.
We didn't have much in the way of regular meals or new clothes to wear but what we did have was the freedom to wander where we wanted to and spend time with the friends we valued. Oh, happy days.
JACK MERRITT Kidsgrove