The recent demolition of the derelict Badger pub in Bradley brought back memories for local historian Richard Heath.

His childhood memories are of the kids who used to live nearby on Alandale Road where he lived, Woodville Place and Stutely Grove – and some of them are in this photograph.

Richard said: “The picture was taken not much more than 100 yards from the pub itself and about the time of its construction in the 1960s.

“It shows a smiling John Rowe reaching for the treetop while resting on the shoulders of amused Douglas McNamara. Duggie as he was known is in turn supported by Nigel (Chip) Greenwood who is looking directly into the camera lens.

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“At the bottom and appearing to be holding up this youthful posse is a somewhat beleaguered Frank McNamara. I think I took the photo in 1967 when I was 13 The Kodak Retinette was bought second hand from Richards Cameras out of my spending money.

“Standing from left to right are sisters Denise and Linda Broadbent while the youngest of the group, Annette Rowe looks on.

“Happy memories of childhood bliss. In a few short years those same happy faces could be found in that popular Bradley pub – a pub which in itself is now but a memory.”

Youngsters in Bradley in the 1960s. John Rowe reaching for the treetop while resting on the shoulders of amused Douglas McNamara. Duggie as he was known is in turn supported by Nigel (Chip) Greenwood who is looking directly into the camera lens. At the bottom and appearing to be holding up this youthful posse is a somewhat beleaguered Frank McNamara. Standing from left to right are sisters Denise and Linda Broadbent while the youngest of the group, Annette Rowe looks on.