Growing up in Portadown
Thirties and Forties
by Harry Foy
Cover picture: A painting of Francis Street
by Colin Turner.
I was brought up in the Marley Estate, an area which included Bridge Street, Castle Street, Francis Street and Marley Street. They were hard times and exciting times. Hard in the fact that we had the Hungry Thirties with mass unemployment followed by the Second World War with food rationing. Exciting, with all the new inventions and benefits that were becoming available. In a few short years we went from candlelight to electric light. The wireless brought entertainment into the home and the arrival of the "talking pictures" proved a great attraction. Here, for the princely sum of two old pence you could live out your fantasies - you could swing through the trees with Tarzan, ride the range with the Singing Cowboys, or split your sides laughing at the antics of Laurel & Hardy or the Keystone Cops. On our doorstep we had the River Bann for fishing, swimming and boating , a wonderland of adventure. I hope you enjoy it with me - my trip down memory lane.
"Fond memories bring the light of other days around me! Thomas Moore
|The proceeds from the sale of Harry's 'Growing up in Portadown' book were donated to Portadown Rotary Club Charities. The book sold out in a very short time, as there are regular requests for copies and no re-print planned Harry decided to allow me to publish all the stories online.
|Below are links to each short story, to read click on any title. We hope you enjoy.
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