Getting around

Maurice Pearce


In the 1920s Mr Scott the shoemaker had a waggon and carted anything that we had for sale to Cambridge market every Saturday, — wind, rain or fine. He had room for two or three passengers who sat on planks of wood which most likely rested on two crates of chickens or boxes of cabbages. The fare was 1/6d return, which was a lot of money in those days.

As I grew older I learned to ride a bike and I remember three of us hiring bikes from Mr Huddlestone the wheelwright who repaired and hired out bicycles from his workshop next to the chapel. If I’d had a good week or two running errands and had earned a shilling, and my mates had some money, we hired those bikes and went to Cambridge to the pictures. I remember the silent films with Tom Mix and Charlie Chaplin. With one penny to put our bikes up and fourpence to go into the cinema, (we called it the fourpenny crush,) we sometimes had enough left to pay for our bikes when we got home.   If not we would leave them behind Mr Huddlestone’s hedge and tell him next day that we had brought them back after he had gone home. Since he didn’t know when that was, we only paid for half the time that we owed.


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