"Gone are the days of the sound of clogs on the streets when hundreds hurried to work.
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However, he is appalled by the changes which have taken place over recent years and he feels that the character of the town centre is rapidly disappearing.
He said: "I was born in 1934 in Birch Hill but our house was a back to back cottage opposite the Hare and Hounds pub in Belfield Road.
Although times were hard, he fondly recalls his experiences as a pupil at Lowerplace, Heybrook and Baillie Street schools. He said: "I enjoyed making new friends and I attended a youth club run by the police, where Johnny Butterworth the boxer trained.
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"This was a great period in my young life."
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Another vivid memory from his childhood was the time when he contracted measles and was visited by Dr Scarr. Tragically, his mother died when he was seven years old and he remembers mourners dressed in black Air Max Neon Pink
One of the proudest moments of his life was when he was selected to represent the scouts in the guard of honour outside the Town Hall to welcome King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the late Queen Mother, to Rochdale in 1948.
After the tragedy, his grandparents took on the duty of caring for Allan and his younger brother.
Breakfast at the home consisted of a slice of bread with cod liver oil followed by a bowl of porridge, not exactly haute cuisine but Allan didn't dare to complain.
arriving at his house to console his distraught family.
Even though he remembers his formative years with fondness, he is saddened by the state of the town centre now. He added: "It is a real shame because life as it was for my generation has gone completely.
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