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Historian Fred Hughes writes....
Councillor Margaret Astle arrived, possibly by train, at Kidsgrove as a six-year old in 1954.
“We came from Ayrshire when my dad got a job in the North Staffs coalfield,” Margaret tells me. “He was Polish, my mum was Scottish and the family name was Chrzanowski. We settled in a new council house in Norfolk Road on Galley’s Bank estate.”
A new Kidgsrove community was already developing rapidly and Margaret watched it grow first hand.
Before railways Kidsgrove was notable as the north entrance to the canal’s Harecastle Tunnel which opened in 1777.
photos: The Sentinel Newspaper
The launch must have been a great occasion I suggest.
Years after the Loop Line closed, the Heathcote Street Bridge remained an ugly hazard.
“It marked a barrier that separated one half of the town from the other,” explains Margaret. “It took years of negotiation to take it down. Yet even now people give directions from the bridge that isn’t there anymore. It was such a prominent landmark.”
One man who knows the Loop Line better than most is Kidsgrove resident Paul Nutty age 84.
Regrettably the time arrives to wave farewell to Margaret at Kidsgrove Halt as Paul joins Steve and me en-route to Newchapel.
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