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Memory Lane

Reunion: Former Far East prisoners of war and their wives leave Oxford for the Festival Hall in London in the early 1950s. Can you name any of those pictured?

Mailbag: Help needed to identify these prisoners of war

Joy over profit

Joy over profit

Ladies win over phone judges

Ladies win over phone judges

The car factory in Cowley was decorated to mark the Queen’s Coronation in 1953

City celebrated Coronation with decorations and lights

Andrew Timms, seven, tries to skip – to the amusement of his female classmates at West Oxford Primary School

Youngsters showed that skipping not a dying art

Gathering: This picture was found in an envelope in our offices, though we have no details about the event. Was this a tea party for Florence Park Youth Club members at Iffley Institute?

Can anyone help identify the reason for a tea party?

Writing home: Part of the letter that Able Seaman Joe Clarke sent to his wife Marie in 1944

Hopes of being reunified at the end of war are revealed

Shake a leg: The Women’s Institute members celebrate the movement’s 50th anniversary in 1965 at Iffley

Women kick off 50th anniversary celebrations

Schoolboy had many fun-filled hours on the railway

Schoolboy had many fun-filled hours on the railway

Mailbag: Group makes toast to retiree

Mailbag: Group makes toast to retiree

Military: Members of the Army Cadet Force at Littlemore, Oxford, in 1953.  Can readers supply any more names of those pictured here?

Mailbag: Picture sparks fond memories for time in cadets

Playscheme fun for youngsters

Playscheme fun for youngsters

Walter and Annie Allsworth celebrate the demolition of the Cutteslowe Walls in 1959

War hero became a pillar of community

Room for all: As this photograph from 1922 shows, there was plenty of room in High Street, Oxford, a century ago for buses, cars, cyclists and horse-drawn carts

When trouble with cyclists in city went from bad to verse...

Bar billiards world champions finally get prize

Bar billiards world champions finally get prize

Looking smart: Pupils at Salesian College in Cowley pictured in 1948 – can readers name any of them? The Catholic grammar school was in existence for only 30 years

Ties straight and sit upright for class of ‘48 photograph

On parade: Members of the Army Cadet Force at Littlemore in 1953. Can readers name any other cadets pictured here?

Memory Mailbag: Army Cadets in times gone by

Lively reunion: The Oxford party at the Far East Prisoners-of-War reunion at the Festival Hall in London in the 1980s. Pictured from left are Jack Hemmins, Fred Reeves, Frank Hemmins, Tommy Bowen, Wilfred (Bill) Long and Ivo Poulter

Memory Mailbag: Meeting of veterans who served in the Far East

A splashing time was had at fete

A splashing time was had at fete

Fine weaving skills on show

Fine weaving skills on show

Familiar problems: Cyclists pictured in Cornmarket Street in about 1930. There were similar complaints about the risk to pedestrians

City cyclists were accused of going too fast a century ago

A fight to the finish in exciting Donkey Derby

A fight to the finish in exciting Donkey Derby

Wartime role: Port Meadow during its time as a Royal Flying Corps base

‘Protect remnant of wartime airfield before it is too late’

New era: Members of the British Legion celebrate the opening of their new headquarters and clubhouse in Hadow Road, Marston, in 1958

Legion members battled to raise the cash for new HQ

Cover: Bryan Brown’s book

Memory Mailbag: Of Course! It’s the answer to question about book cartoon

Hive of activity: Gloucester Green bus and coach station in 1962

Memory Mailbag: Busy bus station was well-used hub

Squash teams courting favour

Squash teams courting favour

A crackling day at the pig roast

A crackling day at the pig roast

Re-enactment: Local people at Prince Albert’s statue recreate the scene of the unveiling of the memorial in 1865, which featured in The Illustrated London News

Park’s history is chronicled in book to mark anniversary

Line-up: One section of the 1949 picture of pupils at the Central School for Girls, including Thelma Palmer, fifth from the right in the middle row

Post-war schoolgirl’s mum used to make do and mend

Ladies’ reunion and 80th birthday celebration

Ladies’ reunion and 80th birthday celebration

Primitive conditions: Dancers from the Jackie Bebbington School pictured at the old wooden Rose Hill community centre in the 1950s. How many of the youngsters can readers name?

Dancers not too unhappy as old centre burned down

Open for business: Robert Ansell taking down the sign in 1982

Memory mailbag: Publican pops up in log book

Honour: The soldiers marching across Magdalen Bridge in 1953

Memory mailbag: Rifles practice dated back to Napoleonic era

Ladies’ role in fighting crime

Ladies’ role in fighting crime

Pair’s 600 miles in the saddle

Pair’s 600 miles in the saddle

Family: Florence and her daughter Susan

Remarkable former publican Florence going strong at 104

Dirty work: Two of the competitors in action

Ok, chaps, anyone for a spot of dwile flunking?

Iconic: The ‘City of Oxford’ Spitfire from the Second World War

Great War fighter plane with very strong city connections

Tuneful: The choir of St Christopher’s Junior School at Cowley, Oxford, entertains in 1970

Young choir hits all the right notes to show off to parents

Rocking: Barry England at the Lord Mayor’s Parade in 1987

Memory mailbag: It was Barry of Jericho Rejects

Waves: A group of workers at Didcot recreate the scene with the No.7808 Cookham Manor in the same position 50 years later

Memory mailbag: Recreating rail scene to mark 50th anniversary

Model traction engine feat

Model traction engine feat

Youngsters pull some strings

Youngsters pull some strings

When rival radio DJs clashed in a charity football match

When rival radio DJs clashed in a charity football match

Baked potato was school’s little treat at morning break

Baked potato was school’s little treat at morning break

Stylish: Some pupils model their new uniforms

Model pupils create their own uniform

Workers rewarded for long service

Workers rewarded for long service

Round the roadworks: A No 8 bus heads for Carfax during widening of Marston Road in 1957

Mailbag: To catch the number 8, you’d end up with a wait

Candy floss and rides at carnival

Candy floss and rides at carnival

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