plus 1 pound to my mother for my board & lodge. This meant I had around 12 shillings to clothe myself and buy anything else I needed.
I scrimped and saved until I had enough to put a deposit on a pushbike the retail price was £27. 00. With now not having to pay for a bus ticket I paid of the H. P. in record time and was able to live like a king.
Later in the year we were thrown in to the Suez Oil crisis. Due to there being virtually no work coming into the garage I packed it in there and then went to be a van boy where my wage more than doubled. Talk about living off the fat of the land. I saved up until I had enough to Buy my first motorbike. It was a BSA C15 SS80. complete with a Pride & Clark full faring and jet speed panniers As shown in the first picture below. The scratches on the faring were caused by a mate who dropped it on some lose gravel. As you can see I had changed jobs yet again and then drove for Firestone Tyres. After a few year I changed that for an AJS model 31. exactly the same in picture 2.
I can't remember how much I paid for the BSA. But the AJS was the model of the year before I bought it and cost me £240.
I really loved that bike and rode it every day until I was T-Boned by a blind driver. I landed up with 6 breaks in my leg which still causes me problems to this day.