Celebrations

  • Subject: Oral History
Black and white image of a street with bunting and flags.

A street party at Woodside Green in 1945 and a celebration for the Queen in 1952.

In this audio you can hear Anonymous and Ted. 

The audio is 52 seconds long.

Audio Transcript: 

Anonymous

I remember 1945 on Woodside green there was…

Ted

Was it, was it my birth?

Anonymous

Yeah. Yes…. and I was only 5 so there… But there was bunting everywhere. All the houses everywhere. It’s the only thing I remember, it’s just the sort of the existence of the flags and the bunting and the colours.

Ted

OK, coming back to celebrations, it was the – 

Anonymous

Ohh, and there was a street party at some point, yes.

Ted

Yeah, there is the Jubilee. That which makes it the 25th anniversary, doesn’t it? Of the queen. All our street came out, and they had a street party, well we had a street party. And uh…

Anonymous

It was Watcombe was it? 

Ted

Yes, yes. I beg your pardon I meant to stop by saying it was in Watcombe. 

 

South Norwood High Street Stories is funded by Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme delivered by Croydon Council. For more information visit www.croydon.gov.uk/southnorwood

Image Credit: Croydon Archives, donated by the Croydon Natural History Scientific Society 

Black and white image of a street with bunting and flags.

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