You had to be born in the 50s if you remember …

 playing outside, coal fires and the big freeze

For those of us born in the 1950s, we entered the world in a post-war decade that saw Britain slowly emerge from hard times and rationing, while still enjoying the sense of community and camaraderie made so strong during the war.

By the 1960s, things were really looking up and we grew up in an age of massive social, economic and cultural change. You could say we were born in black and white but grew up in glorious colour!

Read on for more rose-tinted memories of years long passed but not forgotten.

Some of us had our first bath in a big tin in front of a coal fire.


Home deliveries came by bike and we all knew each other very well. In fact, your mum would know you’d got up to mischief before you did.


We played for hours in streets and in fields. No one knew where we were, or what we were up to… as long as were home in time for tea.


Children playing on a bomb-site in Manchester, 1960s. Photo Credit: James Poyner

Saturday meant one thing… going to the pictures to see the likes of Flash Gordon.



And if you were really lucky, enjoying one of these lovelies while you were there…


One particular event stopped us all in our tracks. Can you remember where you were?


But wasn’t it a great time to be young and free? Radio, records and reel to reel…


While our music took America by storm, American programmes took us into the age of colour.


Suddenly everyone had a car and minis hurtled down brand new motorways to the far reaches of the country…


Gone was the mangle. Homes got gadgets – washing machines, fridges, even freezers.


We even had novelty lamps. Useless but a nice change from paraffin.




After a slow start, once the 1960s got going, they really went for it! What are your memories of life in a more innocent time and growing up through such an exciting decade of change?


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14th Jul 2018
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Yep i remember all those things.
14th Jul 2018
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We understood the message, 'no, we can't afford it' and never asked twice. Parents 'parented' instead of trying to be our best friends - which they could never be until we were well into adulthood ourselves. We realised that if we wanted to get ahead in life we had to earn the privilege by both studying and working hard. Presents were only bought at Christmas; for birthdays we got what we needed as against what we wanted! No such thing, unless you were an only child, as a bedroom to yourself - and bedrooms were only for sleeping in. Innocent games in the street with nobody telling us to 'clear off down our own end'. So many simple pleasures
5th Aug 2017
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My brother and I worked on a salt and vinegar lorry around the streets of Cardiff, with a rusty saw, blocks were cut and crumbled into crocks and vinegar from a large barrel went into bottles brought to us by housewives. We stank but had hands as hard as iron.
30th Jan 2016
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Oh yes I remember it well, also the pie and mash after Saturday morning pictures
18th Dec 2015
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Born 1950. I always say that the 60's started in black and white and ended in colour. Trying not to sound cliched, but life was hard but we survived.
25th Sep 2015
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yes i did all that and more playing on the pit eshwinning. co durham. sliding down them on mats, and useing tin baths as a boat. and them cast iron fires whith boiler next to the fire.

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