Sunday, 16 December 2018

Look what I found, blast from the past.

I've been down Memory Lane, looking at old trucking videos on yooootoooob, and found one that I am in. I have a small part, it was filmed at a Truckstop where the drivers were entertained by the ladies of the T45 club, which was for British Leyland drivers, sadly no more. I was asked to take some Lady Truckers friends with me.

I have this on video here and made a film of my part in it with my camera, and put it on my channel, it's also on here. The quality isn't that good, you may or may not have seen it. So here is the full programme. If you just want to see my small part, three minutes long, move the slider at the bottom across to 33 minutes 15 seconds.  Look at the big hair, ha ha.



Those were the days. Fantastic memories.  ilona

17 comments:

  1. Ilona, Star Of stage and screen xox

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  2. My father drove trucks all his life. For a long time he drove a Hugh truck recovery vehicle for BRS which took him all over as it was capable of recovering very big wagons. When the recovery truck was to old he then went long distance driving doing a lot of high value , wide loads and tricky deliveries. I can remember as a child going with him and sitting on the huge transmission; being taken to cafes where I was looked after by lovely, lovely people. One cafe (A1?) had an aviary. Happy days x

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  3. That's a piece of British history to keep for posterity. Reminds me of The Glimpses films on tv recording everyday life from the past, it's fascinating. Ian Drury is sadly a lost talent

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  4. What lovely hair. It was fun to see you in your youth :)

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  5. Until fairly recently I used to drive past the Rose Cafe practically everyday. Right opposite Hyland’s Park in Chelmsford.

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  6. This was really fun to watch and I loved listening to you! I think ( maybe it was the old video sound) that your accent has modified over the years. You obviously found the right job for yourself. Did you have very strict driving rules back then, how many hours you could work in one day and how much rest time etc.?

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  7. I enjoyed your video and loved your hair and voice.
    I think life was so much better in the older days.
    Hazel c uk

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  8. lovely video ilona you are right those were the days. you look really lovely. love from liz amy and benny.xxxx

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  9. Really enjoyed that bit of history. I watched the whole video. You were a very confident young woman, an inspiration to young girls. Your hair look great - how did you make it curl like that?

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  10. Oh no! my phone won't play your video.I've cracked my i pad and dropped my lap top.I have a friend who was a truck driver-now retired from Uxbridge.Early one morning he and his wife and dog visited me after dropping off some wooden fencing x

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  11. Vera in Sheboygan17 December 2018 at 02:20

    Hi Ilona;
    My Uncle was also a trucker. His route was usually from Chicago to Philadelphia, but occasionally to New Jersey. He had a lot of stories after 20 years on the road and a million friends. He was once "asked" to work for a particular company that was suspected of being owned by the Mafia but he "respectfully" declined. He worked until he was 57 and loved it. Who did the song with the lyrics "40 tons of dangerous road" ?

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  12. I loved watching this!.And that club reminded me of the old working mens clubs that used to be around.Sadly,most of them closed down now.This weekend,me and my Daughter have been on our Mystery weekend trip and we had a lady coach driver.She handled that big coach like it was butter in her hands!.She was a Yorkshire lass and was telling us about all the places she drives to.We had a great weekend,going to Manchester on Saturday,staying in a lovely hotel in Didsbury and then Liverpool on Sunday.xx

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  13. Just lovely to watch...feel very proud...what a wonderful contribution your Industry has made to the transport network of Great Britian

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  14. My apologies
    for not signing off properly
    Helen Smith
    Yarrawonga Vic Australia

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  15. I was chatting to a new lady at our craft club. Her name is Phil (Phillipa) Precious. She was a lady trucker for may years and was a member of the trucking club you set up and remembers you fondly.
    Carolx

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