1978

An Easter canal holiday before finals. It was seriously cold at night and the water levels were very high on the Oxfordshire canal. We stopped at every pub and only made it from Coventry to Banbury and back.

Oxford Canal
Oxford Canal
Marg on Eight of Clubs
Marg on Eight of Clubs

We enjoyed some old-styled pub-games such as indoor skittles.

Marg on Oxford Canal
Marg on Oxford Canal
Banbury
Banbury

Living in Skelmersdale was cheap for students. We had a four bed-room townhouse, with two bathrooms and a balcony, which the development corporation wanted to sell us for £5,000. Rather sadly, a year after we left the whole row of five hosues were empty and had been vandalised.

Pimbo, Skelmersdale
Pimbo, Skelmersdale
Pimbo, Skelmersdale
Pimbo, Skelmersdale
Skelmersdale, Lancashire
Skelmersdale, Lancashire

The town centre was fairly grim. A market stall sold chip butties which consisted of a whole bloomer loaf of bread. Mushy peas optional.

Skelmersdale town centre
Skelmersdale town centre

Deal was a real surprise and it was  along way to go for a job. We rented a sea-front flat just along from the Time Ball Tower, for the first year, which had sash-windows and was so cold in winter.

Deal seafront
Deal seafront
Deal time-ball tower
Deal time-ball tower

A summer visit to the Isle of Man for Pat and Juan’s wedding. Pat was to be our bridesmaid in January 1979. On the way back to Douglas for the ferry the car had a puncture and Gus was awarded hero-status for fixing it in time to get us to the port.

Calf of Man lighthouses
Calf of Man lighthouses
Calf of Man
Calf of Man

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