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diesel train at palmers green 1959In 2019 we have been reporting about the introduction of new trains for Palmers Green and plans for new schools in the north west of the borough. Sixty years ago PG was also celebrating new trains, and a new school was being built in Oakwood;   the Mayor at the time was someone whose name remains well known in Palmers Green;  and there was an emergency bus shuttle service between Palmers Green and Hertford North.

All the above and more was recorded in "Southgate Newsreel No 1", issued in 1959, the year trains serving Palmers Green were switching from steam to diesel, the price of a day excursion by rail to Cardiff was 20s 6d (£1.02 ½p), and the Mayor of Southgate was none other than Ruth Winston, seen here as one of the dignatories attending the laying of the foundation stone for what is now, I think, Southgate School.

palmers green station 1959Broomfield Park features three times.  1959 was when the sensory garden was opened, and the park was the venue for the Southgate Horticultural Society's fete and a gymkhana.  Watch to the very end and you'll see Little Miss Muppet (and spider) riding a pony.

Another thing that was the same 60 years ago was the weather - changeable (though the climate is certainly different nowadays).

The film, provided by Enfield Local Studies Library and Archive, is part of the Planet Amateur Film Collection and can be watched on the London Screen Archives.

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Bill Linton's Avatar
Bill Linton posted a reply #4549 23 May 2019 22:34
A different era!
Basil Clarke's Avatar
Basil Clarke posted a reply #4550 23 May 2019 23:28

Bill Linton wrote: A different era!

It was the era of Supermac!

And then, five years later, the era of the White Heat of Technology!

To be fair to Macmillan, he was good at getting houses built when he was a minister - 300,000 a year. We could do with him now!
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Basil Clarke posted a reply #4551 23 May 2019 23:48
Sticking with the Harold Macmillan theme, when I was a boy and lived in the Midlands we had buses that looked like him!

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Sue Beard posted a reply #5089 09 Jan 2020 07:45
Little Miss Muppet? Palmers Green was ahead of its time!