QUOTE (kentzo @ 5th Nov 2016, 09:15pm)
Fully loaded BRS lorries were great for hudgies – it was harder for the driver to see you and you could hang onto the ropes. My preferred location for hudgies was Castle St. You could catch a lift at the traffic lights near the Carlton and go all the way down the High St. to the fruit market. I remember lots of Scammels, but I don’t think they were suitable for hudgies.
If I remember right, Albageorgia, the back court where you lived was just one big communal back yard shared by all the surrounding tenements. Unfortunately all the railings that separated the individual back courts had been removed during WW2 as part of the war effort, removing the privacy of the individual closes - people could no longer take a pride in their close and back court as the kids would run riot in one close and out another. The loss of the railing boundaries in the tenement blocks probably played a large part in the run-down of the tenements.
Kentzo, you are right about the back court, you could walk from one end to the other without climbing over railings, as we were on the ground floor our outside toilet got used by every man and his dog, thinking back it was a waste of time having a door on the toilet, lock was broke, door hanging of the hinge, and at this time of the year you had to wear a coat,