New way to share old memories

Do you remember when you had to wait for school reunions to come round if you wanted to catch up with old classmates?

Luckily those days are gone and anyone with a computer and an internet connection can log on to Facebook and find out who has aged badly, who has the best career and who has produced the most children and grandchildren.

Crawley History - Memories of Crawley

Crawley History - Memories of Crawley

One Facebook page which is a must for anyone who grew up in Crawley is Memories of Crawley.

Started by Tony Hall just over a year ago, the page has become a focal point for people wishing to share old photos and memories, catch up with old friends and generally relive the good old days.

Mick Mcknight was brought on board to deal with the inevitable spam - unwanted messages - which tends to invade these pages.

He said: “It’s been great seeing old friends getting together.

“I know from speaking to Tony that this was meant to be just a bit of fun about the youth cultures of the 70s and 80s, Punks, Skinheads Mods, etc hanging round the old Kiosk.

“It does become very addictive. I think the success comes from the very people who post comments and photos.

“There is something in seeing how the town a lot of us were born in has changed so much in a short time and this can only be compared against the photos on the site.

“A lot of old friends have been reunited by the site and another thing that has come out of it is the get-togethers.

Trying to explain the success of the page, Mick said it was popular with people “from teenagers to 80-somethings” and with Crawley people who had emigrated.

He added: “With the site, we can all go back to childhood times when there didn’t seem so much worry in the world.”

Rowdy behaviour from striking dustmen in 1970

Remember the refuse workers striking in Brighton earlier in the summer?

This extract from Crawley & District Observer, dated Friday November 6 1970, shows how it was done in the good old days!

It reads: “Angry dustmen rushed through Crawley town centre after rejecting an offer of 48 shillings a week rise made by the Crawley Urban Council.

“The dustmen are on strike for a national wage increase of 55 shillings a week.

“Dustbins were overturned and the contents of litter containers spread over part of Queens Square, blocking the footpaths.

“A large metal container behind the market in High Street was overturned by 12 men.

“A police patrol later caught up with the men and took their names but it is understood no further action will be taken.

“Earlier the men had walked away from the Civic Hall, where Councillor RJ Harris, chairman of the management board, had made the 48s offer.

“One of the men who took part in the protest said: ‘Crawley is so clean that many people don’t realise that we are on strike. We emptied the rubbish bins to emphasise our claim.’

“Mr Bill Timson, the dustmen’s shop steward, said afterwards: ‘The men got themselves worked up and felt they had to go out and demonstrate’.”