I love this story from someone who moved to Kingshurst in 1972. We want modern-day equivalents of this for “Solihull Life in A Day” on 12th November.
Every Friday my friends and I piled all the kids into big old-fashioned prams and walked over to the new shopping centre at Chelmsley Wood. We’d do our grocery shopping and then buy a big bag of chips, a loaf of bread and a tub of margarine and walk down to the river by the police station. We’d take off the kids’ shoes and socks and let them paddle while we made a mountain of chip butties. We’d sit them all down with a chip butty and pass a big bottle of cheap fizzy pop around and sit on the river bank. Our kids loved it and thought they’d had a super day out!
It would be great to get up-to-date versions of this sort of thing – do parents still take children paddling in rivers? Mind you, unless the weather improves dramatically, it would be a brave person tempted to do this on #soliday!