As a child I remember walking home from South Woodford to Woodford Green and could nor see my hand in front of my face with all the fog ( or Smog) I think I must have strayed into the High Road on many occasions and was lucky not to have got run over.
I have great affection for the Trolley Buses that turned round opposite Napier Arms (the turning is still there and full of cars from Woodford Motors.)
I can remember the Trolley Bus numbers which were 581 ( I think this went to Bloomsbury, plus 623 and 625 which went to Manor House.) I travelled a lot on these Trolley Buses and many a time the bus came off the rails!!
I was in the Ralph Reader gang Show at The Memorial Hall as a Cub so I suppose that was about 1956. I remember the terrible thick coated make up we had to wear and singing ‘I’m riding along on the Crest of a wave’ and still remember all the words.
I also was a member of The Westdene Table Tennis Club at The Memorial Hall for many years and went to the funeral of one of their members (Hazel Mears) a couple of weeks ago.
Now I go there with the WWU3A on a monthly basis so I continue the connection!!