The main line for the trams went from one side of Bristol to the other and then across the Downs. The tram used to come up from the centre and go up Colston Avenue, I think, and then turn around and go along the level to get up the hill. When the bombs dropped that was the end of the trams, they didn’t get them running again. They had to do something different so they started using more buses.
When it rained on the top of the tram we had to turn the seat over to the dry side.
The trams used to have a net at the front in case of accidents. The tram used to stop outside my house, one day my brother crawled under the tram and into the net. He was then carried along under the tram.
That’s Electricity House on the right of the photo.
It used to be called Demerara House. There used to be a figurehead on it that came from SS Demerara.
On the left hand side going out from the centre was where they used to print the Evening World. You could stand in the road and see the papers being printed on these big rollers.
Just after the war they used to put notices in the windows of the Evening World about election results, that was up in Zed Alley. Big crowds used to gather there – no one had a television so it was the quickest way to hear the results. The Evening Post offices were in Silver Street at the back of Electricity House.