BYGONES: Gooseman's was the tonic for all ailments
RECENTLY we published an article about Grimsby's West Marsh that was sent in by Mr R Page, of Eye, Peterborough.
In it he mentioned the Bond family who lived in a bungalow next door to him near the fishmeal factory on the Pyewipe.
Now, Barbara Watson (nee Bond), of Nelson House, Grimsby, has been in touch. She told us: "I was pleasantly surprised to read the article as I am a member of the Bond family. We lived in the large bungalow next to 'Bobby' Page and family at Pyewipe.
"My father was the foreman at Bowrings, the cod liver oil factory, and we were surrounded by fish meal factories, Bicols, Hawes, Moody etc.
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"There were eight of us and I went to Littlecoates School, then onto Armstrong Street, the headmistress being Miss Gray.
"We were then moved to Healing as Pyewipe was said to be out of the borough. A bus would take us to and from school as it was a five-mile walk each way.
"I well remember Ellerby's and across the road from them, Winn's, the last shops at the bottom of the tip, under which was a greyhound track.
"Mam used to give us two pennies between us to buy chips from Meadly's. Further up was Neal's, another fish shop. On to Boulevard Gardens with its slides and swings, we bypassed these as we enjoyed the water and were happier jumping logs in the Humber, which was at the end of our road.
"We quite often fell in, then we would go home and hide our wet clothes at the bottom of the dolly tub, hoping that mam would never find them, which, of course, she always did.
"Down Corporation Road was Gooseman's, who mam swore by to cure all of our ailments, and the Rex cinema where we used to sneak in as we never had enough to pay and got 'chucked out' if caught. Gibson the pawn shop did a roaring trade.
"I am now 83 years of age. Sadly three of my sisters, Joyce, Margaret and Valerie, have passed away in the last couple of years. One of my brothers, Jack, also passed away a number of years ago.
"My sister, Janet, still lives in Grimsby and my other sister Mable and brother Geoff emigrated to Perth, Australia, about 30 years ago.
"Those were the good old days, and what lovely memories we have."
REGULAR Bygones contributor Jeff Beedham is hoping to track down a photograph from the West Marsh area.
Jeff said: "I am looking for a photograph of the Dog Track, that appears to have been very shortlived from 1935-1937, on what was known as Speedy's field. I have asked at the library but they have no photographs of the track. Can readers help?"
If you have a photograph of the track, please write to Bygones, Grimsby Telegraph, 80 Cleethorpe Road, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire DN31 3EH or email firstname.lastname@example.org