Michelle (Young in the mid 70’s/early 80’s)

We lived in cul de sac and lived in a terraced house. We used to play outside in the street a lot we had a grass verge that we used to play on, and also a back lane which we used to play in and ride our bikes up and down. We played with all the kids in the street as there were several families with children of similar ages. I had an older brother and he would be out playing as well although we never played together.

The type of play was very varied, we had bikes and scooters and roller skates that we all used to share if one of you had a scooter then you would swap with someone who had a bike. We also used to play ‘what’s the time Mr Wolf’, have little table top sales, make perfume out of rose petals and make up dances and plays. I remember that we used to go out to play in the morning in the school holidays and then not come back until lunchtime, and then play in the afternoon and come back for tea, sometimes I would be so engrossed in what I was doing I wouldn’t want to come in.

I don’t remember my parents being involved in my play and we never went out on trips to the zoo etc. all of our play was based at locally.

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