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Many of you I’m sure are fans of BBC Television’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’! Others like myself have ‘two left feet’ and that’s even after dance lessons; so I’m not too worried whether I see the programme or not. It’s strange really though that many married couples first met at a local dance venue, got married and the rest is history. Please let us know where you first went dancing and better still, ‘do you still glide over the floor’? Looking through the Photo Archive at BCH I found this picture of dance lessons at Bletchley Road School, perhaps if you are old enough you may recognise someone.

Slow, slow, quick quick slow!

Slow, slow, quick, quick slow!

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Bletchley photos!

Over the past year many people have commented on the parlous state of the now derelict Pavilion in the grounds of Bletchley College of Further Education. Many of you will remember with cherished memories how it looked in its heyday, the events that took part there and the enjoyment that many people had. Sadly though today it has been allowed to slip into disrepair.

The Pavilion in 1907.

The Pavilion in 1907.

 

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The December 14th Bletchley Gazette was full of adverts for Christmas goodies from the likes of Fine Fare, Weatherhead’s, Vigor’s, Salmons and the Co-op.  And the party season had started, with photos from the Good Companions, the Conservative Club and St Andrew’s Church.

There were some news stories too:
Miracle escape for two when concrete floor collapses.  Block of offices under construction at the  corner of Bletchley Road and Leon Avenue came down at lunch time  on Wednesday 11 December 1963.

Sir Frank Markham was given permission to open a debate in parliament on proposals for closure of local branch railway lines.

Councillor Charles Head, Chairman of Bletchley UDC, threw the switch to bring Bletchley’s Christmas illuminations into action and turned round expectantly, then roared with laughter. Most of the lights had not come on! But while he was helping Father Christmas handing out gifts to local children, one by one the lights eventually lit up.  Apparently the time switches were set for 4.35 but the ceremony was conducted ten minutes early.

Bletchley Road illuminations 1963

Bletchley Road illuminations 1963

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This month’s ‘mystery’photograph might bring back a few memories, most certainly to some of our older visitors to Talk About Bletchley. Unfortunately, the buildings no longer exist so it’s no good I’m afraid having a walk round to identify its location. Also, any ideas what the buildings were used for originally?

Days gone by!

Days gone by!

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