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Saturday, 13 April 2013

‘Those were the days’ - a trip down memory lane


Older people in Crewe are invited to share their memories during a special event designed to capture the lives and experiences of past generations.

‘Those were the Days’ is a project supported by Cheshire East Council and created to contribute to Crewe’s heritage, in particular the history of Crewe Railway Works.

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cabinet member in charge of health and adult social care, urged people to take part in the event later this month.

She said: “This is a wonderful oral history project that will enable older people to recall and share their memories and experiences of a vitally important period in Crewe’s past.

“The project will celebrate the lives, history and heritage of Crewe residents and will record family memories, language, traditions and working experiences, using the Crewe Railway Works as the focus for reflection.

“I would urge older residents in Crewe to take part in an enjoyable afternoon of tea and conversation with others who may have similar stories.”

Crewe Railway Works enjoyed its heyday between the 1930s and 1970s, when it was Crewe’s major manufacturing employer. The 'Works' is located in the St Barnabas Ward of Crewe and was the British Rail site responsible for building and repairing steam trains, electric trains and carriages.

The project has been made possible thanks to the Enterprise Education Alliance (EEA) which obtained the funding, enabling them to work with Cheshire Local Engagement and voluntary group, Crewe Senior Forum.

The project will provide an information and local historical resource that will allow future generations to use it as a tool and starting point for future projects.

The project will also contribute to Crewe’s World War 1 commemorations planned for next year.

The event, which is open to all residents in Crewe, takes place on Tuesday, April 30, at 2pm at Pickmere village for older people, Badger Avenue, in Crewe.

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