The Way We Were in the Isle of Axholme by Colin Ella

Colin Ella. Picture: Liz Mockler E0856LM

Colin Ella. Picture: Liz Mockler E0856LM

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I am going back to when there were few TV sets but wireless sets galore.

Many people got £2 a week or less. Mind you I was only paid 22/- a week in 1946.

A million folk were on relief, most of them coming from back to back streets full of damp, disease and nits. The crowning of George VI in May saw lots of street parties.

We got our Coronation mugs and spoons.

Neville Chamberlain became Prime Minister. Got the year yet? I’ll go on.

Some Britons went off to fight in the Spanish Civil War. One of them was George Orwell of ‘Animal Farm’ fame.

The country had just 824 millionaires and 1.3 million folk had no job!

I am describing the year 1937. Did you manage to guess it?