2002. Photograph sent in by Ron
is a picture of the buggy that the firewood merchant Jimmy Freer from
Mauldslie Street used to use to for fun rides for children around the
local streets at a penny a ride. The buggy would be brightly decorated
and was pulled by Jimmy's white pony "Lady". The photo taken
at Freers yard shows James Aitken from Bernard Street between the
shafts and me waiting for the pretend ride.
P.S. Just a further little snippet concerning Jimmy Freers "gandy"
rides, The little cart was actually registered at the
"Hackney" office for carrying passengers as is stated on the
brass plaque on the front of the cart, interesting eh!"
Photo taken approx 1961, James Aitken &
Extract from e-mail;
George McCallum July 2002, East
looking through the memory lane and just wondered if anyone remembers the
penny gandy, the guy used to come round the streets with his horse and
buggy and for a penny you could go round the block, my trip was down Mordaunt street to
Baltic street up Nuneaton street then back to
where you started, all of five minutes for a penny, was this magic or
what. ........ what a website this is Will, memories flooding back......"
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