a bike you were made. I bought a bike when I was in Std [Standard] 5, very basic with painted rims and fixed handle bars which I used for many years. My parents bought a house at 25 Shakespeare Rd which is still there and is the first house on the right hand side now sbove Williams & Kettle. There were 4 boarding houses a little old Chinese man who used to carry two bamboo panniers on a yolk [yoke] thing across his shoulders around the neighbourhood, a Chinese laundry, a grocer, Mr. Spriggs the undertaker and finally the Empire Hotel on the corner of Brewster St. Napier had a tramway system which started from Thackeray St, where the tram barn was, up Dickens St, to Hastings St, along Hastings St. up Shakespeare Rd, and over the hill to the Port. There was also a branch line from the top of Dickens St. along Hastings St. to Te Awa. Napier even then was a fairly alive place. The Thirty Thousand Club organised a lot of things. The Napier Frivolity Minstrels performed in the Municipal Theatre and there were a lot of visiting shows performing there. There was a chap who lived adjacent to the Theatre who when there was a show on would hire out kerosene tins for the patrons waiting in line for seats in the Gods. Every Christmas we had Mardi Gras which was held on the Marine Parade for Christmas week and ended on New Years Eve. The stalls were on the beach with the sea wall as their front. The saturday of Kings Birthday the annual rugby match between Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa was held at McLean Park. Patrons used to wear rosettes with their sides colours and I used to sell them for Marsdens Book shop to make a few pence. On Easter Saturday there were motorbike races held at the Napier Park Racing Club in Greenmeadows. I seem to remember that the buses taking people out had provision for passengers on the top. During the last week of the mid school term holidays there was great activity with “Shopping Week”. Each house was given a booklet advertising the towns businesses, it was numbered and somewhere in the front window of a shop would be your number, if you found it the thing it was attached to was given you, there was also an object which was not sold by that shop and spotting it produced a prize. The Railway had special excursions trains to Napier from towns south as far I think Dannevirke. These were very popular and Mums and Kids came to Napier for the day. Another thing
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