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Sixty Years ago this week the Bletchley Gazette used its whole front page to announce the opening on the previous Saturday of the new open air pool at Bletchley. ‘Just what we’ve been waiting for’ was the headline. It was the culmination of many years of campaigning and fundraising, and was in the end a joint venture between the public and Bletchley Urban District Council.

Many have memories of learning to swim in the often very cold water but also many fond memories of the fun that was to be had. The pool was covered in the late 1960s before giving way to the first Bletchley Leisure Centre in 1973.

Queens Pool before and after the construction of its 

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Scot of Bletchley on the Road

At one time Scot Meats was a major employer in Bletchley. Lorries like this one must have been a common sight.

A delivery from Bletchley in 1971

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On 17 November 1967  The Bletchley Gazette reported on the opening of the Dolphin pub on Abbeys Estate in West Bletchley:

‘By pulling the first pint, Cllr R Fisher, Chairman of Bletchley Council formally opened the Dolphin, the town’s latest public house on the corner of Whaddon Way and Melrose Avenue. The Dolphin had taken 11 months to complete and cost £33,000. Charles Wells Ltd. were able to obtain the site in exchange for that of the Three Tuns at Fenny Stratford, which is in the High Street and will be required in due course for road widening.’

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Presentation in Studio Cinema foyer – 1984

A Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) presentation in the foyer of The Studio. This is the only photo we have of the interior of the cinema. Does it bring back memories for you? Do you have photos taken inside the building?

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The Bletchley Gazette dated June 22, 1957 reported that the County Cinema in High Street, Fenny Stratford was closing down.

The building was originally High Street Methodist Chapel which was converted into the County Cinema in 1911.

The cinema had  various names over the years including King Georges,and was one of the oldest in the country outside London.

Like many children in Bletchley I went to “Saturday morning Pictures” at The County every week. The programme consisted of a serial, a cartoon and a “big picture”, usually a cowboy film (e.g. Roy Rogers)  or a comedy (Laurel and Hardy). It was good value at 6d in the stalls, or 9d in the balcony.

 

 

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In 1957 the Bletchley Gazette reported that two-thirds of Bletchley’s hospital patients went to the Aylesbury  group of hospitals and two third go to the Northampton group.

I remember having to go to Aylesbury by train, changing at Cheddington, or to Northampton by train. This meant very often a  wait in the cold on a railway station whether an outpatient, patient or visitor.

We are very fortunate to have a new hospital, served by a regular bus service.

A similar situation applies with shopping trips, which in 1957 involved a rail journey to either Bedford or Northampton but now a simple bus or car journey to CMK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One of the highlights of the year in the town when I was a teenager was the Bletchley Show.

It was held in the Manor Fields on August Bank Holiday Monday and was a big event.

There were athletics events, Tug of war, Gymkhana, Flower, and Vegetable Shows, Cycle Races, and other events.

If you lived locally you could have the back of your hand stamped, go home for lunch, and get back in free.

It was a great day out for all the family.

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