A former Middleton Cheney resident has shared memories of a 1963 trip to Butlins with his ‘good friend’ following his death earlier this month.
Chris Merry made the trip up to the small Yorkshire town of Filey with his friends Barry Kilsey and Terry Jenkins and Mr Merry spoke fondly of his childhood with Mr Jenkins following his death from cancer on September 7 aged 69.
Mr Merry said: “Terry and I grew up together on Archery Road in Middleton Cheney and it was a great little community. Lots of families lived there and we would have street parties, play football together and even take coaches to the seaside for trips away. It was an absolutely fantastic time then.
“On our way up to Yorkshire the three of us caught an overnight train from Banbury and went into first class but quickly got told to move on. Terry was also the instigator and was always getting us in trouble!
“We always went to the Winter Gardens in Banbury and we saw lots of bands that were just getting famous. It was a fantastic time in the town, we were there when Tom Jones. Lulu and the Rolling Stones came here.”
As the trio got older they went their separate ways, with Mr Merry settling down in Northampton, Mr Kilsey remaining in Banbury and Mr Jenkins heading up to Blackpool.
After losing touch for about 40 years, Mr Merry received an unexpected phone call from Mr Jenkins.
Mr Merry added: “It must have been over 40 years since I last saw Terry and then one day I get this phone call asking for me. He said he wasn’t very well and was back in Middleton Cheney so I paid him a visit in hospital and later Katharine House Hospice.
“He didn’t think he would live to see his birthday so we held a celebration earlier this year. I’m sorry that he died, he was a good friend and we’ll all miss him.”
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