10-20 Commercial Street, Gobbinland Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, BB5 3JL. No. 20 was where Eric Parke used to live along with wife Glenys and son Stephen. Eric was sales director for Relay Vision on Abbey Street in Accrington and had a little Commer or Morris van and later an estate car with wood on it. He often used to take us out for a country run to the Trough or Chipping or sometimes Blackpool. Fantastic times. In the Trough he told me to follow him and be careful but I went another way and fell into a bog. I’d have drowned if Eric hadn’t managed to drag me out.
He was probably the first on the street with TV and I remember how incredibly exciting it was to watch Bonanza and gunfire and tanks. I was apparently cheering and loving seeing the real live war action in the Suez canal crisis. It just shows not a lot has changed – the media are still glorifying war and portraying human suffering as an exciting spectacle.