Mike Neighbour's parents both grew up on the eastern side of St Albans, with grandparents from Wheathampstead, Pyrton (Oxon), Croydon and Southwark. His maternal grandfather was one of the city's two first Labour councillors, representing the old East Ward. Mike attended Fleetville, Beaumont and Marshalswick schools and was a member of Trinity Church. After a period in Birmingham, he returned to St Albans before moving to Watford. Mike's teaching career, spanning nearly 40 years, was entirely in Hertfordshire schools. He has a lifelong interest in local history and it is during these recent retirement years that he has found the time to document his knowledge and recollections; his books, "St Albans' Own East End” (Vols 1 and 2) are the culmination of several years' dedicated work.

About Mike Neighbour

Holiday Activities
Second Holidays
Father’s Work

Reg was born in London (Whitechapel) in 1921.His family moved to Coventry shortly afterwards.

He started employment in 1935 as a junior electrical assistant at Coventry Technical College and later took up employment at Morris Motors.  Whilst there, he joined the 1/7th Royal Warwickshire Regt (TA) in early 1939, later being mobilised at the outbreak of war.  He was stationed in Northern Ireland, St Albans and Dover, followed by service in Italy.  He took part in the Anzio beachhead campaign where he was seriously wounded and subsequently discharged from HMF.

He met his wife, Elsie, whilst in St Albans at a Ballito Social Club dance and they were married in 1945 at St Paul’s Church.  He started married life at her home, later getting a prefab bungalow in Tavistock Close and then a house in Thirlmere Drive.  Reg has two sons, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Since 1946 he has been involved in community work with the British Legion, St Albans City Hospital, the National Hospital Service Reserve, the British Red Cross, and O/C Army Cadets.  He is also Life President of St Albans District Neighbourhood Watch Association; a lifetime of interest with the satisfaction of helping others.

Elsie died in 2007 after 63 years of very happy marriage.  She was a wonderful, kind, caring person who adored her family and she is missed terribly.

About Reginald Law

Working at Marconi Instruments

Derek Nash

Working at Ballito

About Ann McBride

Working at Nicholsons

Ann was born in St.Albans, as was her father, and she had relatives living in the area of Lattimore Road and Cape Road. Her mother had come from London.  Her father, Charles Tamsett, was the verger at St.Saviours in Sandpit Lane for many years; they lived in Walton Street. Her parents met while they were both working for Smiths the dry cleaners. During the war her father was in the RAF and her mother worked in the wages department of the NAAFI in Watford. After she was born she lived in the prefabs in Valley Road until the housing estate was built in Marshalswick, where they moved  when she was 7. Whilst at Sandfield she was taught by three teachers from her mother’s time, when it was the Girls’ Grammar. She also had three cousins at the school.  After she and her sister left home to get married, her parents had a flat in Richard Stagg Close.

Ann met her husband after joining the Scout movement as a Cub Scout leader and they moved to Kent and later to Derby. Her husband was then offered a job in Holland and they lived in Enschede, a town near the German border, for 23 years. Her husband was working for a printing firm in Germany by then, but with the threat of closure they took on something very different, going to Delden, still in Holland, to look after a castle. For family reasons they had to leave the castle after 3 years and returned to the UK in 1999 to run a pub.  They are now more or less retired, living near Woodbridge in Suffolk.  They have two children, a daughter in Suffolk living with them, and a son who is still living in Enschede with his partner.

About Alan Nason

Alan was brought up in Fleetville.  After coming across the Fleetville Diaries website, he contacted me after reading about his friend, Derek Kalabza.  He has sent some wonderful pictures of his childhood and early adulthood.

Alan now lives in Canada.

About Jackie Aldridge

Jackie still lives locally to St Albans and attends Fleetville Diaries meetings from time to time.  She introduced me to her brother in 2012 who I interviewed at length.  Their father was Percy Hall who set up the Fleetville Saloons.  Percy was a well-know character in the area and most Fleetville people, at one time or another, would have had their hair done at one of their saloons along the Hatfield Road.

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Reg Law

Derek Nash

Anne McBride

Alan Nason

Jackie Aldridge

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