Croydon and Salford ( Manchester ).
( 1949 - 1962 )
My mother and I in Upper Road, Wallington circa1949 / 1950.
My father with me in the garden just before my world fell apart - their divorce!
I hardly saw my father from 1963 onwards. He died in August 2001.
Riding my bicycle shortly after moving to Salford nr. Manchester ~ 1957
One of my friends in Salford, Joe Cecil ( behind me! ). I met up with Joe Cecil again in the late 1960's when he came to Wales climbing.
Note the cobbled road - Great Clowes Street.
Climbing a rock outcrop in Capel Curig, North Wales around 1960.
The climber called Dave from Brighton, introduced me to the world of rock-climbing.
My first proper rock climbs - Flying Buttress and another, on Stanage Derbyshire with members of the Rucksack Climbing Club.
Probably summer of 1961 / 62
I climbed with The Rucksack Club, but mostly with The Manchester Gritstone Climbing Club in Derbyshire until moving to Llanberis in February 1963.
I can't remember the members of The Rucksack Club
Manchester Gritstone Club met at Ellis Brighams ' Jungfrau' coffee bar behind Manchester Cathedral before going to the George & Dragon.
Stan and Marge Wroe, Graham West, Tom West, Pappy, Crillie, Ernie, Michael Roberts, Bill the Bore and Roy Brown are a few members I recall.