Peterborough's Central Park, can you date the picture?

Looking Back: Peterborough’s spectacular open spaces

Here are some great pictures of two of Peterborough’s best loved green spaces.

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 5:00 am

The wonderful colour shot is, of course, Central Park, with the much loved bandstand taking centre stage.

I wonder when it was taken in 1960s or 1970s perhaps?

There is much talk of the development of the Embankment and here is a picture showing it playing host to a fair.

In the background the cathedral looms large.

It looks like a case of back to the future with plans being put forward to set up a River Nene boat hire service on the Embankment. Older readers will have fond memories of Ted Hammonds Boats in the third picture who for many years provided one of Peterborough’s most popular leisure activities. They’ll be putting a bandstand in Central Park next!

There has also been some feedback on the final picture which was from the late Rev Richard Patten’s collection, which brought back some happy memoires.

Reader Andy Bolton said: “I really enjoyed seeing the 1974 photo of the fish and chip van in Bamber Street.As you say in the article, this was one of the city’s more disadvantaged streets.

“However, as kids growing up back in the 60s/70s, we were unaware of that and it was a great, fun place to grow up.

“I don’t recall any particular problems with race, although I’m sure there were incidents. But generally, it seemed that everyone just got on with life. Sounds simplistic now but that’s genuinely how I remember the area back then.

“My two brothers and I lived with our parents in Walpole Street, later of course to become Bourges Boulevard. How posh that sounded back then ! A great childhood, some lovely memories and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.’’

Thanks Andy for sharing your memories with us.

Do you have any pictures of Peterborough people and places from the 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s? If so, and you’d like to share them with Looking Back readers, please send them to: [email protected]

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