Memories of a Welwyn Garden City motorcycle shopkeeper

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 February 2017

Ken Green with his parents' rent books.

Ken Green with his parents' rent books.

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A former motorcycle shop owner has shared his memories of growing up and working in Welwyn Garden City.

Ken Green has shared his picture of a pig bin outside 104 Mill Green Road, Welwyn Garden City, in 1943.Ken Green has shared his picture of a pig bin outside 104 Mill Green Road, Welwyn Garden City, in 1943.

Ken Green, who was born in 1929, went to Ludwick School for toddlers followed by Peartree School and then Handside School, after which he went to London North West Polytechnic.

He lived in Oaktree Garth in 1933, St Audrey’s Green from 1934-37 and then moved to Mill Green Road in July 1937.

Ken said: “The houses in Mill Green Road were brand new.

Ken Green still has rent cards dating back to 1933 from Welwyn Garden City.Ken Green still has rent cards dating back to 1933 from Welwyn Garden City.

“On Sunday people were out tending to their front gardens, mowing their lawns.

“Any food you didn’t eat went into a pig bin. Most streets had pig bins.”

As a youngster growing up in this era, Mr Green and his brother Cliff were among the many to joined the local cadet groups.

Ken Green still has rent cards dating back to 1933 from Welwyn Garden City.Ken Green still has rent cards dating back to 1933 from Welwyn Garden City.

Cliff joined the sea cadets in 1943 and Ken joined 1166 Squadron air cadets.

Ken, 87, said: “I told them I was 14 and then they found out I was 13 and they wouldn’t let me go to camp.

“Cadet groups were very popular back then.

“I had my first flight in an aeroplane when I was 13.”

When he was older, Ken worked for the police force looking after their motorcycles.

Then he decided to start up his own motorcycle business. He started working out of a little wooden shed at the back of a shop.

As his business grew, he needed to find larger premises.

Ken rang the council and asked if they had any shop premises available and was offered a unit in Haldens, which became home to his motorcycle shop, Ken Green Motorcycles.

He told the WHT: “I had the unit in between the fish and chip shop and a bank.

“The business was successful and I retired in 1992.”

After selling the shop, Ken, a father-of-two and grandfather-of-four, moved to Old Welwyn.

He now lives in the Baldock area with his wife Shirley, 76.

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