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  • By Janet Barnes
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Stanley's Story Volume 1" Stanley's Story Volume 1 Stanley Challenger Graham Stanley Graham has an unusual ability to remember a lot of detail about his life from his very earliest years. He describes his parent's backgrounds and how he was raised in Stockport in the late 1930s, and the effect of the Second World war on life in Stockport and his childhood activities. Once Stanley left school he went to work on a mixed dairy farm in Warwickshire. His descriptions of life on the farm are vivid - a tale of life involving hard labour, no longer found in today's mechanised world. The characters described in this section are wonderful, honest hard-working people, ready to make their own entertainment. In less than a year, Stanley received his call-up papers, National Service loomed. He describes in plenty of detail his initial six weeks training and then where he was posted and what tasks were involved. In 1955 Stanley was posted to Berlin and there are many entertaining tales... More > to read about life in this divided city. For many, this section will be an insight to a life we will never experience. In July 1956 Stanley left National Service to return to work, as part of the family team running a mixed grocery and greengrocery shop in Colne Road, Sough. Stanley also drove a van which was fitted out as a mobile shop to local farms. Stanley also began to drive for West Marton Dairies. There is plenty of detail about daily chores and the people he met along the way. For relaxation Stanley tells of his time in the local pub, and the characters he met. He also describes the dogs he kept during this time. In 1959 things changed again, Stanley and his parents moved into Hey Farm in Barnoldswick. Stanley was still driving for the Dairy, and had his `eye on a lass called Vera Mason' who worked in the dairy. They were married on 26 November 1960 and lived in Hey Farm together with Stanley's parents. A year later Stanley's first daughter, Margaret was born. Work for Stanley changed, in 1962 he was no longer driving for the dairy, he was `on the tramp' - moving loads for a wide range of customers, all over England and Scotland. The tales of the types of loads and the people he met are very entertaining. Stanley also describes the hard times, the freezing winters and the methods used by the hauliers to keep things moving. The book ends with Stanley returning to regular work at the dairy, so he was able to spend more time with his growing family. The story will continue in the next volume, already being written. This book has been a fascinating read, full of characters and tales told with great clarity. Much of the life has changed and the manual effort involved in living in the 1940 - 1960 period is well described. This book will be enjoyed by many social historians in years to come.< Less
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July 28, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.3 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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