I am Mike Reid from Dersingham, Kings Lynn Norfolk. I lived with my parents, 1951-61ish, at 64 New Road, Great Baddow! near the church and Pump Hill, when we moved there from Leicester.
Dad was the local R.S.P.C.A. Inspector. Henry C. Reid.
Was apprenticed to Christy & Norris Ltd. Foundry Engineers at Chelmsford .(gone now I think).
Then my dad was posted to Woking 1961 and I followed soon after when my Apprenticeship ended.
However, I was just thinking back to my good old motorcycling days at Baddow, when Tony Pennack sprang to my minds eye. We messed about together with one or two other guys. Were members of Chelmsford District Auto Club.
Tony later became club Secretary. I thought , I must make contact with him . So I dialled in Great Baddow, and up came The Great Baddow Community Site and YOU.
What an amazing place it must be. Certainly a lot different from my day. Will definitely give the old place a visit. Am not too far away.
Tony and I left school about the same time, I think. So we are both old codgers at 73 yrs.+ I am now a widower since 2005 and fairly active.
Have family close around me. Have revived m/c interest by buying two classic Trials bikes. ‘Greeves Scottish’ and 350cc Royal Enfield works replica. Not for competition, too old, just to pootle around dozzy Norfolk and a bit of Greenlaneing, if allowed. Too many dog walkers, horses, pheasants, big deer, muncjac deer, ramblers and, oh yes, the Royal family. They sometimes appear at Sandringham just two miles away.
I hope to join the Chelms Auto Club as hon. member and revive a link that way.