Evelyn (Young in the 60’s, out and about in the 70’s)

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iving in the country there was a lot of outdoor messing about in good weather, getting stuck in the mud by the river and losing welly boots, building dams,

crawling through culverts and jumping over “shucks”. Climbing trees and building tree houses led to us falling out of them.

Pretend stagecoaches were built in the back garden pulled by fine horses (a broken trike and a plastic tractor, I

was riding shotgun as we defended the stage coach from Indians.

Hide and seek for played for hours. Playing mostly with brothers and sisters as the nearest girl my age lived over 2 miles away.

Going to her house was fab as they had pigs, so lying in the loft above the pigs was funny. Also at her house we occasionally got to drive the tractor.

In the winter it was not as good, as there were few places to go and if you were not getting on with siblings there

was no one to play with.

I was devastated in 1968 when toy guns were banned in Northern Ireland, my newly acquired machine gun (with real flashing fire) had to go on the bonfire and the play landscape changed. Armoured cars went up and down the road and you had to be careful about what you did. Play did carry on, with pretend circuses and more hut building.

However, I remember one snowy day when we were off school, having a snow ball fight with the soldiers who stopped to play. There was no one else around to see us.

 

 

 

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