To Pauline Winterbourne – my brother Alan was a Prefect at Katesgrove and my cousin was head girl – her name was Joan Marshall. Alan was born in 1939. We all lived in Dover Street No.27. Also – were you related to the Winterburns who had the corner shop on Garnet st. and Field Rd?
To Geoff Weller – my Dad was the percussionist in the Reading Military Band, they would play at alternative venues to you. If you played at Elm Park on the Saturday, Reading Military would play the Forbury on the Sunday. Your band was based at Pangbourne whereas Dad’s practised at the H & P social club in Gas Works Rd.
To Marcia Tegg – the Chapmans I believe lived up St Saviours Rd. by Coley Park.
Note from John Cummings – I think that is correct – Horace and Betty Chapman lived in St Saviours Road opposite the Rec – my mother was very friendly with Betty. I have found a Betty Chapman living in Tilehurst and have tried to ring her but there is no reply. If anyone knows where Betty is I would love to know.
To David Wiffen – Dover Street was at the top of Stony Hill, which had 52 steps up one side. The fish and chip shop you mention on the corner of Garnet Street and Field Rd., was called Gerry’s. The other 2 corners of Garnet Hill and Field Rd had a sweet shop owned by the Winterburns and on the other corner was a grocer shop owned by Mr Matthews, who was a Methodist and attended the Methodist church on the Oxford Rd. between Howard and Zinzan streets. My family attended the Baptist church in Carey Street.