Eastwood lads are pals 60 years on

Friends reunited: from left Angus Hamilton, Mich Cieslik, John Buckley and Dennis Worrall.
Friends reunited: from left Angus Hamilton, Mich Cieslik, John Buckley and Dennis Worrall.

A lot has changed over the last 60 years, but Angus Hamilton, Mich Cieslik, John Buckley and Dennis Worrall who met when they were young kids, are still good friends.

The four pals used to live at The Buildings – a row of houses in Eastwood originally built for the miners, which is now Hopkins Court.

From aged five, they all went to school together, and used to go potato picking in Moorgreen.

And today – 60 years on – Denbo, Bucko, Mitch and Angus are all still friends, and still live in the area.

Denbo, who lives in Commons Close, Eastswood, said: “It’s a long time and it’s quite unusual to all still be in touch.

“We used to go on long walks together. We would got potato picking, we’d go to the recs to have a play about and we used to go the cinema where Morrisons is for a Saturday afternoon matinee.

“Everywhere we went we would always have my dog with us, Laddie. We used to go bird nesting – looking for bird eggs, and we would go swimming to the grudging hole, which was a canal at the bottom of Chewton Street. There used to be a footbridge there and we used to dare each other to dive off! We also used to go to the clay hole, which was an old quarry at the bottom of Chewton Street. The water was sea blue,” he said.

And now, although Mitch and Bucko have moved to Brinsley and Langley Mill, the four pals still keep in touch.

“We are all still on the phones,” said Denbo.

“We’ve got each others phone numbers.”

They pals used to drink at the Miners Arms in Mansfield Road, and today, Denbo and Angus who both still live in Eastwood drink at the Wellington Inn.

The Buildings were built for the miners in the 1800s.