My Childhood Days
Peter Hewitt remembers childhood excursions
Do you recall those wonderful days out when the T.U.T.E and the Railway club both very community spirited and well supported, funded the hiring of up to 40 passenger coaches from Grey -Green and Harris. The coaches would park up in Toronto Road awaiting the arrival of the young passengers and carers. This was to give the children of their members a day out for free! The Railway club would take the children to Walton-on-the-Naze and the T.U.T.E to Maldon. However, I do recall also being taken to Chessington Zoo (now Chessington World of Adventures). Members wives played the role of child care, being on the coaches in charge of the children. We were given a lunch bag to consume and with the Walton trip, tickets to go on the rides on the Pier. Tilbury at this time was a wealthy working man town in which most working men were members of both clubs. In them days we were allowed much more freedom to wander the sites and return to the coaches at a given time. To my knowledge we all enjoyed it very much. On these occasions Tilbury was a very quiet town, all the kids having a great day out. I can recall on our return Tilbury Band would meet us at Feenan Highway and St. Chad’s Road and played whilst leading the coaches in to Tilbury.It was these community spirits that have continued in my life.
Does anyone else recall their days out? It would be good to hear them!!