Killingworth Flats Park 1970's

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  • Zara Smith on March 1, 2015, 12:02 p.m.

    I asked my dad some questions about Killingworth when he was growing up as we have a common history here. The following are his responses to my questions.

    I have lived in Killingworth nearly all of my life since I was born in 1971.
    When I was a baby we lived in some new flats that had been built in the centre of Killingworth (where West Wynd is now). We moved away and then moved back to Garth 11, near Bailey Green School.

    When we weren’t playing football or playing out on our bikes, we used to play in a big park with a huge slide which was through the subway from our house, in the flats.
    We then had a look on Google/Facebook and found this great picture on a Facebook Killingworth photographs and videos page.

    When I was little we spent lots of time at this park. When I was older the council built a 5 a-side pitch nearby and we used to play in competitions there organised by a man called Bob Smith who I think is in this photograph. Next to the pitch the adults painted a mural with famous Newcastle united players and I think that Kevin Keegan came to open the park.

    Killingworth was a new town planned in the 1960’s and built in the early 70’s. When my parents moved here there were no shops and the buses only came as far as Westmoor. There were lots of council houses and it was very different to how it is today. The old shopping centre was pulled down in the early 1990’s and the flats in the 1980’s. When the flats were built they won awards and were a style of architecture known as Brutalist. This made them unique to the early 70’s. You can see them and the interconnecting walkways in the picture.

    At the back of the park you can see some ‘Monkey-Bars’. Swinging from them wasn’t enough for me, I had to walk across the top. One day I slipped and fell through the gap. I hit my chin on the rung on the way past and put my teeth through my lips and tongue. I can’t imagine the council would get away with building a concrete and steel park like this today.

  • Simon Cotterill on March 1, 2015, 9:50 p.m.

    Thanks Zara - that's great hearing your Dad's story and about how much Killingworth has changed. Simon

  • Amy Anderson on March 4, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

    how long was that slide there for?

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