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    Charles Barker commented  · 

    I am looking for a good friend of mine called Anne Comet,(She is French but has lived in Greenwich for a couple of years).She used to work for a company called DBcomms in Soho,London, but they seemed to have moved office. I would very much like to get in touch with her and catch up on some good old london gossip as I no longer live in the UK. If anyone can help please do.

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    Found on your site an entry regarding the Coal Merchant in Oakleigh Road South. This was originally in the name of my grandfather Thomas William Cox. After he died in 1934 it was run by my grand mother Isabella Cox. For some years she also ran a shop at the corner of the alleyway linking The Avenue to Oakleigh Road. My Aunt Cis (Caroline Clifford nee Cox) lived at number 33 The Avenue and helped her husband with what was then illegal betting from the front room prior to the opening of Betting shops in 1963. I went to St Paul's school from 1952 to 1955 and I remember quite a few of the other kids from that time. One was Richard Scrivener whose mother ran a shop in Friern Barnet Road near Barclays Bank. We were a big class as born just after the war. I recall the Batchelor twins Irene and Eileen and the Taylor twins. My cousin Chris Cox was also there but in another class and he ran a motor repair business at the top of The Avenue in the sixties. Our favourite place to play was the railway embankment at the bottom of the Avenue. We often used to watch the trains from the line path at the side of the Railway Hotel (Turrets). Micky Warner was a friend of my brother who lived in the railway cottages at the bottom of the line path.

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    I left Ilford in '72 at the age of 22 having grown up there. It seems rather odd now looking back and remembering the many happy hours I spent in the Park, rowing, walking, playing football and the open air swimming pool where I learnt to swim at the age of 8. I now surf in the waters of Australia!

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    My Grandparents ran the Gaping Goose Inn until the early 1950's. My Father and his siblings were raise on the second story. Great to see some of my history

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