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TOPIC: 60 years ago: New trains, a new school, a new garden for the blind and a famous Mayor

60 years ago: New trains, a new school, a new garden for the blind and a famous Mayor 20 May 2019 00:13 #4548

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diesel train at palmers green 1959In 2019 we have been reporting about the introduction of new trains for Palmers Green and plans for new schools in the north west of the borough. Sixty years ago PG was also celebrating new trains, and a new school was being built in Oakwood;   the Mayor at the time was someone whose name remains well known in Palmers Green;  and there was an emergency bus shuttle service between Palmers Green and Hertford North.

All the above and more was recorded in "Southgate Newsreel No 1", issued in 1959, the year trains serving Palmers Green were switching from steam to diesel, the price of a day excursion by rail to Cardiff was 20s 6d (£1.02 ½p), and the Mayor of Southgate was none other than Ruth Winston, seen here as one of the dignatories attending the laying of the foundation stone for what is now, I think, Southgate School.

palmers green station 1959Broomfield Park features three times.  1959 was when the sensory garden was opened, and the park was the venue for the Southgate Horticultural Society's fete and a gymkhana.  Watch to the very end and you'll see Little Miss Muppet (and spider) riding a pony.

Another thing that was the same 60 years ago was the weather - changeable (though the climate is certainly different nowadays).

The film, provided by Enfield Local Studies Library and Archive, is part of the Planet Amateur Film Collection and can be watched on the London Screen Archives.

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60 years ago: New trains, a new school, a new garden for the blind and a famous Mayor 23 May 2019 22:34 #4549

A different era!

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60 years ago: New trains, a new school, a new garden for the blind and a famous Mayor 23 May 2019 23:28 #4550

Bill Linton wrote: A different era!


It was the era of Supermac!



And then, five years later, the era of the White Heat of Technology!

To be fair to Macmillan, he was good at getting houses built when he was a minister - 300,000 a year. We could do with him now!
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60 years ago: New trains, a new school, a new garden for the blind and a famous Mayor 23 May 2019 23:48 #4551

Sticking with the Harold Macmillan theme, when I was a boy and lived in the Midlands we had buses that looked like him!

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