reads from her Aunt's memoirs
Dear Mrs Banks
There must be many people who remember Belle Vue with
fondest memories and regret that this fine place of entertainment no longer
exists. I was born in Crossley Street,
Gorton in 1920 and lived in a Belle Vue house until I was fourteen years old.
My dad was head gardener at Belle Vue until 1932, that is
why we lived in a house owned by the company.
I had a fantastic childhood because we had free pass to the
gardens and practically lived there. My
sister, brother, myself went to Belle Vue almost every day after school and
during holidays. We knew lots of workers
there and often went behind the scenes to watch the animals being fed.
I remember the lovely Ballroom, the outside dancing, the
Brass Band Contest and the firework displays and the railway queen carnivals,
what a lovely period. When my brother
grew up he use to work their part-time, all kinds of jobs at the circus, on the
amusements and later on at the speedway.
He loved Belle Vue and worked there until it’s closure.
We had a very happy childhood and Belle Vue played a very
large part in it. I remember dad lifting
me up to touch the beautiful flowers, I am really sorry I haven’t any snaps but
photographs weren’t done in those days.
Poor people didn’t own cameras.
I hope my memories will help you with the nostalgic look