A Northampton Childhood in the 1960s
- Christine Jones
15th May 2014
Christine Jones's account of what it was like growing up in Northampton after the Second World War in the 'cultural decade' of the sixties.
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Christine Jones's account of growing up in Northampton during the 1960s and '70s is one of nostalgia and adventure as she recollects her time at school, home, and the many public events that took place in the area. Memories of her parents' newsagent's shop unfold as Christine recalls the comics, magazines, sweets and toys of the period, along with the more mundane aspects of life that are still able to bring a fond smile to Christine's face as well those who read and share her memories. Christine relives shopping by candlelight and the redevelopment of the area that began to take shape in Northampton during the 1960s and '70s, and the many new practices this brought. As Christine faced new challenges while growing up, she was always surrounded by the love and support of her close-knit family, who provided stability for Christine to grow and test the limits brought about by society with firm footing. The end of childhood for Christine went hand-in-hand with Northampton's renaming as a 'New Town', with expansion, a new town centre, emerging fashions, new schools, and changes within her family. A must-have for residents and visitors to Northampton and those who grew up in the 1960s and '70s, Christine brings fond memories to life to be enjoyed by all.
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