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The town planners were generous with the amount of green space they gave Goole. This gave a welcome change to people living in the terraced houses. Most parks were built to commemorate some local or national event and, although they aren't used as much nowadays, most people have memories of sticklebacking in West Park, walking along the riverbank to Riverside Gardens or visiting the circus in South Park.

One of the many tree-lined paths in West Park The bandstand in West Park The cafe in West Park

The entrance to West Park West Park bandstand and gardens South Park

Goole Riverbank The Bandstand in Riverside Gardens Hook Road

Visitor Comments

Posted by matt at 30/10/2005 17:27
Why do the people of Goole hate the place so much? We moved here a year ago and have been repeatedly told that 'people don't move to Goole' etc etc. The fact is that there isn't much in East Riding at all - Goole offers more than most of the surrounding towns and villages, and has no more problems than anywhere else. In terms of West Park, I frequently walk my dog after dark around the park and have yet to feel threatened or unsafe. Goole, along with the rest of E Riding, is slowly being dragged into modernity through development, new jobs and better communications links. People who live here are the ones who should be promoting the town, if you think Goole's bad have a look at Hull or even the back streets of (much more expensive) Beverley on a Friday night.
Posted by paul t at 12/07/2007 22:48
I moved to hull from goole.Enough said!Girlfriend from hull,she loves goole,but she never lived there.Its the place thats stuck in a timewarp!
Posted by Gordon Deighton (flash) at 09/09/2007 06:17
i remember west park from my childhood we spent a lot of time hanging around the few swings n things, and was never tempted to go for a swim in the green slimey pool, i wonder what it is like nowadays ??,as i left Goole in 1974 for Australia.never to return
Posted by joanne watson at 22/03/2008 23:43
my mum ran the cafe, sold sweets etc in west park for a short time in the late seventies!
Posted by sue at 14/06/2008 06:11
There was a small park in percy street old goole, as kids we played there for many hours after school and there were bramble bushes near the flats so we some times took bowls with us and picked the bambles. There were 2 fields opposite each other behind the houses on demster ave and morley street where we went looking for old bottles and on part of it a bmx track was built by the kids we also used to go tadpoling in the ditch that ran along side the field. across the road was another field that was always water logged that was at the back of the houses in percy street and kids used to skate on it when it froze over and there was the snikett that that everyone used. my mates and i used to go looking for conkers and playing on tarzan swings across from the ship yard. the siren that sounded evey morning at 7.30am and the ship yard workers most of whom were on push bikes but we never needed an alarm to get up for school. We had a fun fair that used to set up on the waste land on swinefleet road for a week yet the tarzen swing was more appealing especialy if you went from the top of the bill board and you got the butterfly feeling in your belly.
Posted by john howard at 11/09/2008 03:26
i remember all that too sue do you remember old cobblers hut near swng too next to bill board i prob know you second name please i lived in morley street in 70s
Posted by sue at 01/11/2008 14:16
Hi John, I remember the cobblers but it's a bit vague. I also lived in morley street with my dad and sister my dad is still in the same house. our surname is Tune. sorry it's taken a while to reply as Iv'e not been on the site for a while. I also have my brother Simon who most people will know. I remember getting stuck at the top of the bill board and a kind stranger helping me to get down, I just froze cudn't go down on the swing or look down to climb back down and i havn't liked heights since.
once i had left school i did 2 big stain glass paintings in the St Thomas hall when it was a community center, not sure if they are still there tho.
Posted by Auntie Denise at 05/11/2008 23:02
Hi there Gordon Deighton, how are you my little (ha ha) nephew, couldn't believe it when I saw your name. I remember paddling in the green slime in the West Park pool.....yuk! Love to all in OZ.
Posted by geoffrey middleton at 08/10/2009 18:01
i can vaugley remember going to west park early 60s when jimmy saville was there there was some sort of event on i remember him turning up in a pink rolls royce , anyone know what that event was ????? please let me know if anyone does remember its been bugging me for a few years now .
thanks .
waiting in anticipation
Posted by David Lloyd at 23/10/2009 19:05
We spent most of our summer holidays at West Park during the late 50's - early 60's. We were a large family, Mum and Dad both worked and the older kids looked after the younger ones for the day. We would set off early from Halifax Ave and be waiting for the gates to be opened by the Parkeeper. Well prepared for the day with a quart bottle of water (the water fountain didn't always work at the park) which we sometimes crushed a 'penny fizz' into - gave it a very weak colour but certainly not the fizzy pop taste we were convinced it did - and a couple of egg sandwiches which were usually eaten by ten in the morning!

The whole day was spent playing on the swings, slide and roundabout, hide and seek amongst the well kept flower borders and trees, paddling in the boating lake to cool off on the hottest of the days. I even thought I learned to swim in that pool but, in reality, I was just crawling along the bottom. We sometimes had a (home made) bat and ball but a full scale football match would sometimes get going when someone brought a football. Even the tennis courts were very popular and well used.

It was an adventurous place where kids could run free, enjoy a wide open space in relative safety. I say relative safety for an abiding memory was the day we decided to go 'fishing' for sticklebacks and newts in the dyke that ran along the eastern border with the open fields adjacent to the park - despite the fact that we only had our hands to catch them with and no jam jar or container to keep anything we may have caught. The dangerous part was when we tried to cross the ditch using a log or pipe (or something like that) and one of my sisters fell in the quite full dyke. She surfaced covered in mud, slime and weed and squelched all the way home to face the music.

Yes, West Park was a major part of our family's life and that of many other children at the time.
Posted by Robert Ward at 25/10/2009 16:18
I like David Lloyd's memories of the West Park. Nowadays kids would mutiny just at the thought of walking that far. They'd prefer to be taken by car to somewhere like flamingoland, at vast expense, or to be taken shopping. Oh yes, and we used to have to float down the sewer to get to school ...
Posted by David Lloyd at 25/10/2009 17:59
........Not quite Robert........but I did walk to school, first from Halifax Avenue to Kingsway then from Burlington Crescent to the GSM. I was about 14 before I managed to get a bike (built it from spare parts and a scrap bike - see post on shops and shopping) and started to bike to GSM. One humorous tale was when I was cycling along Boothferry Road enjoying a quiet smoke when I spotted one of the teachers.......a sharp detour into the back lanes was called for and I quickly 'nipped' the cigarette and put it in my school jacket pocket, rejoining the main road at the next street. It was only when I got off the bike at the entrance to the school that I noriced the smoke billowing from inside my I opened it the slight breeze caught the embers of my lining and brightened the burning ring of cloth as I frantically tried to beat the fire out!!! Some ingenious imaginations were going to be needed to explain this to mam.............

Posted by Shaun Schwegler at 25/10/2009 22:35
The park in percy street is still there, its recently been redone but it looks pretty cool now, theres south park in old goole where i live, but that really is nothing much more than a bit of grass, it really needs renewing, turned into something good like percy park did, i mean, back before it was redone, no kids were there whatsoever, because it was boring, they were just causing more mischief in the streets, but i didnt blame them, because they had no decent park to play in, now one park has been redone the other park needs to be sorted out as well.

My nana lives in Couper Grove, near Moorland Road in old goole, and the kids who live in that street have made the poor old ladys life a misery, a car she owned they literally got a load of big teenage lads to push the car right down the road, no one gave it second thaughts, because they know that the kids have nothing else to do, they wont bother going to the other end of old goole, they cant be bothered even with their bikes, but you simply do not understand how stressful that is for me and my nana and my mum, they shouldn't need to worry about that.

anyway all you need to do is spend a little money to change the mischeif level of all us kids in old goole, don't leave the job half done!!!


Posted by Fiona Moate at 15/11/2009 20:13
The event that Jimmy Savile opened was known as Goole Carnival. I don't think there were only about two of them.
My Dad (who always seemed to be involved with these events; he was the "voice of Hook Gala") arranged for me to meet Jimmy Saville, I would have been about 5 or 6; he came up to me & said "Hello little girl". Even then he seemed very creepy. I remember stumbling over all the guy ropes behind one of the marquees in my rush to escape from him.
At one of the carnivals there was a go-kart race where someone was seriously injured; I seem to remember the grown ups saying that the person had broken both their legs.

I used to go to West Park sometimes with my Mother, we walked all the way from the Fountayne Street area over the railway bridge. It seemed a huge park to me at the time, & so well kept. The rockery gardens were beautiful & the childrens playground was marvellous. Going there was a real treat. I reember my Dad pointing out the oak tree Prince George planted. It is still there, but the park is a shadow of its former self, it was a disgrace last time I visited Goole.
Posted by Jan townend at 14/11/2010 12:36
I spent lots of time at west park during my teenage years. I would go on my bike after tea most nights and hang out with friends near the seesaw and roundabout. I also remember bands playing in the bandstand on a Sunday. There was an annual tennis tournament when I remember Doctor Lowe , the lady doctor, used to win mostly. I also remember the Carnival when I bought my first alcoholic drink.....a rum and bock! Because I had heard people mention that drink and I didn't know what to ask for!
Posted by Tom Hardman at 06/04/2011 19:41
Geoff Middleton The event you refering to was organised by Earnest Smith then mayor of Goole and for I believe The National Trust for the Welfare of the Elderly a charity formed by Earnest Smith. One, then young women who worked in the town library was asked to dress in a very small costume and sit with him in the car. Fortuatley for her I cannot remember her name.
This is the same earnest smith teacher at the secondary modern.
Posted by Chris at 09/01/2012 14:28
Does anyone know exactly where the Seaman's Memorial in Goole is please?
Posted by Robert at 10/01/2012 13:27
Re Chris
Seaman's Memorial Gardens are at Lock Hill, Hook Road,
Posted by Zigger at 20/01/2012 12:55
Hook Gala! Does anyone remember the parachute display in about 1973 when one of the team collided with live electricity cables a couple of fields away? There was a big red flash and for a moment he was caught on them, and everyone feared the worst. Luckily he turned out fine and all was well.
The evening disco was more like midsummer fertility rights, attracting youth from far and wide. Happy days.
Posted by Fiona Moate at 25/01/2012 21:56
Yes Zigger I remember that happening. My Dad used to do the commentaries for Hook Gala. I was a bit young at the time to remember what his commentary was, probably there was no commentary at the time as I seem to remember all the power was down in the village. It was a very lucky escape. Hook Gala was such a big event for a small village. Unfortunately it outgrew its self, a pity.
Posted by Tom Hardman at 06/09/2012 22:18
Zigger the parachutist was from the RAF falcons and did this jump without authority and was in very serious trouble for it. I was at the parachute school under training at the time it happened His name escapes me for the moment but I do remember reading it in a Sunday paper. He got tangled in the earth wire above the life wires so elected to release himself and fall to the ground I think he got away with one broken leg. His first name I think was Bob. He is not the only one to have a mishap another whos name I will not give but fell from the top of a football stand dressed as santa. sadly he had his leg amputated as a result, John was a very good semi pro footballer. That ended but he did marry his physio.
Posted by Priscilla Laybolt. (nee) Shadwell at 22/02/2016 17:35
I remember West Park, spent many a wonderful day there, including getting a splinter in my bum from the old slide chute.
No problems though, Mom to the rescue back then.
I sure miss everyone I knew back then, I left for Canada in 1946 and have never been able to return, my Father died 1947 and Mother came out here.
I anyone remembers me, Hello, and enjoy life, it is so short when we reach this end of it.
Posted by Goolie-Gone at 28/03/2021 12:02
Oh, for a walk in West Park - or any park for that matter. I've had my first Covid-19 jab (Pfizer, since you ask) and the second one's due in a few weeks. Release day is on its way .. the lovely days without end, the greenery in the park, the susarration of the sea ..
Oh me, oh my!

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