Memories of 'Smudger Smith'


When I was a lad, way back in the 30's I lived in Heathview Crescent on the East side of the Heath.

My great grandfather was Thomas Smith the owner of the brickfields where we all rode over the Glory Bumps!

Our 'gang' included Derek Taylor, Roy Osborne, Roland Shakespeare, Alan Ryder, my neighbour Peter Holland, my best mate Philip (Piri) Rootes and no doubt one or two others I've forgotten to name.

One of our activities was smoothing the inside of the bomb craters until we could cycle round them as virtual 'Walls of Death'.

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