Bygones: A much simpler life back then but we were happy
AS A boy living in the 1960s, life wasn't much different to living in the 1930s, writes David Fitzgerald, of Immingham.
We had a coal fire and coal shed (no central heating), outside toilet and no bathroom.
There was no fridge and the washing machine had a mangle on it. Carpets were handmade out of coloured squares stitched together.
I had two holidays throughout my childhood, at Butlins, where music played all day – All You Need Is Love, by the Beatles.
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The Boulevard, in Corporation Road, Cleethorpes, Weelsby Woods and Bradley Woods were our recreation.
We never got pocket money and we never asked for any, our parents were that poor. Our father spent money on booze, gas and horses.
Back then you could buy a week's groceries for a few pounds. Microwave ovens and frozen foods didn't exist so you ate the very best.
At Christmas we got an apple, an orange, a selection box and one present.
You could live on a few hundred pounds a year. You were happy, you knew no different, and everyone was the same.
When I look back, life was much simpler then.
With our modern homes, central heating and all mod cons, I retired struggling on £8,000 a year. What went wrong?