Woman returns to Darwen from Australia after 50 years - and complains to council

Carol Bray

Carol Bray

First published in Darwen Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A WOMAN who has returned to Darwen 50 years after emigrating to Australia has written a letter to the council complaining at the state of the town.

Carol Wood left Darwen in 1964 when she was just 14 years old because her dad became one of the ‘ten pound poms’ under whcih the Australian government allowed Brits to migrate for just £10 in a bid to increase the population to match the country’s booming industries.

At the time Carol had been living in Anchor Estate and was a pupil at Avondale School, then a high school for girls in the town.

Now 64 and married to Rodney Bray, Carol has returned to the town she grew up in and said she was disappointed with the state of its built-up areas.

She said before jetting off back to Australia yesterday she had sent a four-page letter to Blackburn with Darwen Council about her concerns.

Carol, who has four children and six grandchildren, said: “I have been to all the places we lived in and I knew and had a lot of reminiscing.

“The town needs a lot of tidying up and I have written a letter to the council which I will post before we head home.”

Carol, who has been staying with her uncle, Harold Smith, a former golf professional of Lynwood Close, added: “Darwen is the best place in the world because it has got everything around it.

“There’s all the countryside and the parks and Sunnyhurst Wood, and India Mill and Darwen Tower.

“My husband has been for a walk in the woods every day and everyone says ‘hiya’.

“The people in Darwen are so lovely.

“We have had a fabulous time, I just think the council needs to get its act together and clean up.

“The town itself has really grown and spread out.

“We lived at Redearth Road for a while and our old house isn’t there any more because they built the school.”

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10:44pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Ronnietate says...

If Darwen is the best place in the world, then why are you not staying put in Darwen?
If Darwen is the best place in the world, then why are you not staying put in Darwen? Ronnietate
  • Score: 5

11:22pm Mon 28 Jul 14

slants says...

great get gone and don't rush back toosser
great get gone and don't rush back toosser slants
  • Score: -29

8:27am Tue 29 Jul 14

Just an observer says...

No no folks, don't panic. the silly mare cannot spell, she must have been on about Darwin and not Darwen.
No no folks, don't panic. the silly mare cannot spell, she must have been on about Darwin and not Darwen. Just an observer
  • Score: -4

10:07am Tue 29 Jul 14

jimpy0 says...

only come back for her free house and benefits ...................
only come back for her free house and benefits ................... jimpy0
  • Score: -27

11:06am Tue 29 Jul 14

Darreners make sense says...

No wonder she wants to complain about the state of the town especially after reading the comments above making her feel not wanted. It should be a wake up call. If you don't like the town then leave. With the comments above you are the ones causing the town to look and feel unsightly. Some welcome you are. People visiting the town usually come to spend money in our economy and should be welcomed with open arms not verbally abused for offering her views to help improve the town. She would've seen Darwen in its glory not the sorry state it is today and has probably a valid point.
No wonder she wants to complain about the state of the town especially after reading the comments above making her feel not wanted. It should be a wake up call. If you don't like the town then leave. With the comments above you are the ones causing the town to look and feel unsightly. Some welcome you are. People visiting the town usually come to spend money in our economy and should be welcomed with open arms not verbally abused for offering her views to help improve the town. She would've seen Darwen in its glory not the sorry state it is today and has probably a valid point. Darreners make sense
  • Score: 38

11:38am Tue 29 Jul 14

latinagirl says...

I think some people is commenting without reading the note. She didn't come for benefits, she came to visit the town that she grew up in and she is going back to Australia. Please! Read the note! Why are you having a go at her? She is perfectly entitled to her opinion, how many of you have complaining about how much funds cutting have affected towns? Probably 50 years ago Darwen was a nicer, cleaner town to live in, and she got a bit of a shock, that's all, no big deal. Misleading title
I think some people is commenting without reading the note. She didn't come for benefits, she came to visit the town that she grew up in and she is going back to Australia. Please! Read the note! Why are you having a go at her? She is perfectly entitled to her opinion, how many of you have complaining about how much funds cutting have affected towns? Probably 50 years ago Darwen was a nicer, cleaner town to live in, and she got a bit of a shock, that's all, no big deal. Misleading title latinagirl
  • Score: 41

12:11pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Toots6973 says...

An American pastor prophesised (wrongly) in 2011 that the world would come to an end....and travelling through Darwen I think he may have been right.
An American pastor prophesised (wrongly) in 2011 that the world would come to an end....and travelling through Darwen I think he may have been right. Toots6973
  • Score: -3

12:55pm Tue 29 Jul 14

thoroughbred says...

She was only here to have a holiday and spend money in the town...shame on you lot for making her feel so unwelcome. Am I surprised at your crass comments...? No...!
Get off your lazy ar@es and do summat to help with the clean up of this sh@thole, instead of insulting those that try.
She was only here to have a holiday and spend money in the town...shame on you lot for making her feel so unwelcome. Am I surprised at your crass comments...? No...! Get off your lazy ar@es and do summat to help with the clean up of this sh@thole, instead of insulting those that try. thoroughbred
  • Score: 37

1:41pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Progressive Penguin says...

latinagirl wrote:
I think some people is commenting without reading the note. She didn't come for benefits, she came to visit the town that she grew up in and she is going back to Australia. Please! Read the note! Why are you having a go at her? She is perfectly entitled to her opinion, how many of you have complaining about how much funds cutting have affected towns? Probably 50 years ago Darwen was a nicer, cleaner town to live in, and she got a bit of a shock, that's all, no big deal. Misleading title
I have read the note and my opinion is that she's looking through the rose tinted glasses of a child. She is entitled to her opinion, but if she goes to the effort of getting that opinion published so prominently they we are in our rights to disagree with her equally as vocally. Too many people in this town overlook the great things it has for any excuse to bash it and it **** me off
[quote][p][bold]latinagirl[/bold] wrote: I think some people is commenting without reading the note. She didn't come for benefits, she came to visit the town that she grew up in and she is going back to Australia. Please! Read the note! Why are you having a go at her? She is perfectly entitled to her opinion, how many of you have complaining about how much funds cutting have affected towns? Probably 50 years ago Darwen was a nicer, cleaner town to live in, and she got a bit of a shock, that's all, no big deal. Misleading title[/p][/quote]I have read the note and my opinion is that she's looking through the rose tinted glasses of a child. She is entitled to her opinion, but if she goes to the effort of getting that opinion published so prominently they we are in our rights to disagree with her equally as vocally. Too many people in this town overlook the great things it has for any excuse to bash it and it **** me off Progressive Penguin
  • Score: -13

2:39pm Tue 29 Jul 14

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

Dear Darwen Council,
my bins hasn't been emptied for 50 years are they due to come soon ?

PS Are The Beatles still number 1 ?
Dear Darwen Council, my bins hasn't been emptied for 50 years are they due to come soon ? PS Are The Beatles still number 1 ? disgusted tunbridge wells
  • Score: 6

9:18am Wed 30 Jul 14

Lancs Away says...

The original whinging Pom!
The original whinging Pom! Lancs Away
  • Score: -6

2:33pm Wed 30 Jul 14

pm1960 says...

It's wrong to 'have a pop' at the lady from Australia as she probably doesn't realise that the present Govt has cut the Councils funding by about 40% since 2010 with another 15% to come next year. If any household budget was cut by this much then obviously you would have to cut back on things. Parks, litter picking, weed killing etc are not statutory services so these services are the ones that have to get cut the most.
It's wrong to 'have a pop' at the lady from Australia as she probably doesn't realise that the present Govt has cut the Councils funding by about 40% since 2010 with another 15% to come next year. If any household budget was cut by this much then obviously you would have to cut back on things. Parks, litter picking, weed killing etc are not statutory services so these services are the ones that have to get cut the most. pm1960
  • Score: 3

9:14pm Wed 30 Jul 14

wotdouno says...

It went downhill when Peacocks Pasties closed its doors
It went downhill when Peacocks Pasties closed its doors wotdouno
  • Score: 2

10:04pm Sat 2 Aug 14

oldnorm says...

No mention of foot ball, that's a new one.
No mention of foot ball, that's a new one. oldnorm
  • Score: 1

1:06pm Mon 25 Aug 14

annmarshall says...

it takes someone all the way from australia to point out what a lot of people think and dont do anything about it fair play to her , hope she hasnt been put off by negative comments have a safe journey home
it takes someone all the way from australia to point out what a lot of people think and dont do anything about it fair play to her , hope she hasnt been put off by negative comments have a safe journey home annmarshall
  • Score: 4

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