Liverpool to Kirkby Fields
A glimpse at one family's life in a Liverpool overspill town during the 1950s-60s. More
A childhood spent in Kirkby, the first of the Liverpool overspill towns to develop - the story takes me back over 35 years to when my dad was employed during the second world war as a civil servant at the Royal Ordnance factory. With a population of around 3,000 made up mainly of farming people, the pretty little town was just a few years later to be developed into the new town with population figures reaching 50,000 at its peak.
As I walk through Kirkby Park estate, 35 years since I left Kirkby, I recall the people, the events, Liverpool's working life and social life, and the humour which together made me and my seven brothers and sisters who we are today.
I note the changes we lived through, the days when our telephone was the one in the red box on the corner of the road; our first television set, to today’s technological world.; scenes through the years of family life, school days where the remnants of Victoriana ran parallel with Beatlemania in the “Swinging Sixties”, and of how mum and dad, quite amazingly, managed to take all ten of us on holiday each year.
I recall local ghost stories told to me over the years and although my lifelong interest in the supernatural never produced any ghosts, I do relate what happened the moment I was told my mum had died, fifteen years after dad had also died, which led me to believe that he was there for her that day.
We were inspired by mum and dad, with their legacy of love, selflessness, work ethics and honesty, and last but never to be forgotten, the ability to see the funny side.