A much more innocent time

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A LOT has happened in the 30 years since this photograph was taken at Cliffe Hill School, Lightcliffe in 1981 – a new six million pound replacement school for a start!

Back in those days you could buy a two bedroom terrace house, described as in need of modernisation, for £3,500 or one on Sefton Avenue for the reduced price of £18,000.

Little did we know then just how house prices were going to soar in the future but they would certainly be something many of the children in our featured photograph would be looking at.

Reflecting on the shops in the town centre in those days it is sad to see many of the names we all remember have all become just a distant memory.

Gone were the days of the Co-op dividend that many of us will remember. This was now the era of the Co-op stamp books and to mark the Charles and Diana Royal Wedding full stamp books were worth £2 each.

The Co-op was really getting into the Royal Wedding spirit by offering a Royal Wedding crown to every customer who bought a pair of British made flannelette sheets or to those who bought a £1.25 Royal Wedding tea towel.

Then there was Oliver Hinchliffe’s in Bradford Road. What a shock it was when this well established family business closed its door for the last time.

Then there was Sureway with its summer bonanza of bankrupt stock of TVs, videos, HiFi and washers on sale at their busy Commercial Street shop.

While all the shops in town were offering bargains and sales to try and catch the moment the Royal Wedding certainly took precedence over going out on shopping trips to look for bargains.

Looking back at our featured photograph at Lightcliffe these children were all successful at passing their cycling proficiency tests.

I remember taking and passing my cycling proficiency test just over 50 years ago and I can proudly say that I still have my certificate and my badge.

I wonder if any of these children have managed to save theirs?