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Into Lancashire: Walking to Leeds, Section 3

After a month’s gap due to bad weather, colds and sea Kayaking (not me) our walking along the Leeds Liverpool Canal continues on a beautifully sunny and warm spring day, the Saturday before the clocks go forward.

We’ve both missed this time together and are glad to be back where we left off.

Here at Downholland Cross, by the Scarisbrick Arms.

Both fortified by some hand made Welsh fudge from our friend Jayne.

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When we were boys

Shortly after we are born the rationing from World War II and the subsequent austerity finally ends. Sweets rationing has finished a year earlier and now bacon and meat (somehow considered separate items) are the final items whose removal makes ration books redundant. All ready for us to grow up into a world of plenty which, eventually, we do.

But at the time, the place we are born into still looks as if the war has only recently ended.

The Custom House, 1954. Where Liverpool One now stands.

The Custom House, 1954. Where some of Liverpool One now stands.

Bomb site car parking in 1954 opposite Blackler's Department Store.

Bomb site car parking in 1954 opposite Blackler’s Department Store.

But of course we see none of this, we’re just born after all. Born only days and streets apart, though we won’t meet for another five years. Continue reading