Norman, spent alot of time in Palmers Green as a growing lad and young man. Here he recalls the fun he had in Broomfield Park and the cinema, pubs and shops he frequented at the time.
We were lucky enough to meet with and interview a group of women who have been friends since their children were very small. All of the group took their children to the baby clinic in Broomfield House but they did not meet there. They met either through mutual friends or as they walked about Palmers Green. They began to organise activities both for themselves and their children. Some of the group have since moved away but a core group remain and try to meet weekly. It was wonderful to hear how such a strong friendship was forged and continues to this day.
Shirin Shirin with children
We were lucky enough to interview two stalwarts of the ever popular Hazelwood Schools Pantomime. The Pantomime is an annual event which is produced by the parents and presented to the children during the day, usually on the last or penultimate day of term and then to adults and children at an evening performance on the last day of term.
Chrissy was involved with the pantomime for many years.
Mike lived in and around Palmers Green for over 60 years, and after National Service in the Royal Signals with the Far East Land Forces in Singapore he became a journalist on a number of publications – including more than four years as editor of a newspaper for the metropolitan police. He now lives in North Norfolk with his wife Lyn.
Broomfield Park was my playground and home -from-home from my earliest memories since I was born in 1935 at 28 Broomfield Lane, opposite the southernmost point of the park, as the youngest-but-one of six siblings.
In those days milk was delivered by horse and cart and the baker came round with a two wheeled covered barrow which he pulled between two shafts. With few cars, our road was scarcely a hazard and the park was also regarded as safe, so even from an early age my younger brother Tim and I were allowed – and even encouraged – to spend a lot of our leisure time there.