15 reasons you know you grew up in Bexleyheath in the 2000s

This Is Local London: You always met your friends at the clock tower in the middle of the Broadway You always met your friends at the clock tower in the middle of the Broadway

FIFTEEN reasons you know that you grew up in Bexleyheath during the 2000s.

1. You always met your friends at the clock tower in the middle of the Broadway, there was nowhere else suitable or more central.

2. You would end up hanging around the 'Half Pipe' skating park near Asda or Russell Park when you had nothing else to do with your friends.

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3. The Danson Disco at Danson Youth Centre was a must from when you were 11 and upwards 

4. Kids who went to BS now Bexleyheath Academy thought it was cool to 'christen' your tie a million times in Year 7.

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5. You remember being chucked out of Lloyds (before it was the Furze Wren) early to avoid fights between the Yates' and Lloyds' crowds.

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6. You remember Bexleyheath before it was pedestrianised and before when the bowling alley was called Super Bowl and it was the only place to hang out.

7. You remember trying your best to get into the Rat and Parrot for the rock night before you turned 18 and failing miserably most of the time.

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8. Getting thrown out of Asda by the security guards because you were wearing school uniform.

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9. The fountain in the Broadway was the 'place' people would get into on the last day of school each year, it was also the meeting place for fights between rival schools.

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10. The security guards in the shopping centre telling you to move on if you sat on a bench in the mall for too long.

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11. You tell people you live in Kent but then you say Bexleyheath and they think you are lying and trying to be posh!

Bexleyheath is a confused place much like Sidcup, Kent postcode but part of the London borough of Bexley.

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12. Queues to get into Lloyds that went as far as the clock tower when it first opened.

13. Everyone from school would end up at Russell Park for a snow fight when all the kids had been sent home.

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14. The 96 was the bus that EVERYONE got no matter where you were going.

15. School kids would always put washing up liquid in the fountain at the end of the school year.

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12:53pm Wed 5 Feb 14

spamface says...

Reading this has made me feel really old!

You know you went to Bexleyheath in the 80s because:

1. The bowling alley was the place to hang out - it was behind the cinema
2. What shopping centre?
3. The cinema was OK, but with only 2 small screens Welling cinema was better
4. after school everyone went to the record shop on the Broadway with the cafe (was it called TW records?
5. no one could go in Asda - it wasn't there
Reading this has made me feel really old! You know you went to Bexleyheath in the 80s because: 1. The bowling alley was the place to hang out - it was behind the cinema 2. What shopping centre? 3. The cinema was OK, but with only 2 small screens Welling cinema was better 4. after school everyone went to the record shop on the Broadway with the cafe (was it called TW records? 5. no one could go in Asda - it wasn't there spamface
  • Score: 32

1:30pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Suttle182 says...

This report seems to suggest that you know you know you grew up in Bexleyheath because you were informed in some form of anti-social behaviour!!
This report seems to suggest that you know you know you grew up in Bexleyheath because you were informed in some form of anti-social behaviour!! Suttle182
  • Score: 11

7:16pm Wed 5 Feb 14

paulbexleyheath says...

bring back the fountain......
bring back the fountain...... paulbexleyheath
  • Score: 16

5:46pm Thu 6 Feb 14

JamesViktor says...

Apart from 11 yeah. I never say Kent! Bexleyheath is only as confused as Wembley or Enfield and people call them London!
Apart from 11 yeah. I never say Kent! Bexleyheath is only as confused as Wembley or Enfield and people call them London! JamesViktor
  • Score: 8

11:17am Fri 7 Feb 14

mddbex82 says...

I think this is a great article.

Please do another one, NS:
'15 reasons you know you grew up in Bromley in the 1990s.'

You could even turn this theme into a regular feature?
I think this is a great article. Please do another one, NS: '15 reasons you know you grew up in Bromley in the 1990s.' You could even turn this theme into a regular feature? mddbex82
  • Score: 0

8:29pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Forensics says...

I was born in 1967 and I remember Hides, TW records and the DIY shop next to the clock tower. The police station was where Sainsburys car park is now and on the other side of the road was a big car dealers selling the new Austin Metro.
I remember watching Shaw Taylor filming an episode of Police 5 when the Nat West Bank was robbed and when Dennis Waterman was at TW records signing copies of the Minder theme song Bexleyheath school was empty because we were all in the broadway.
Mikes Bargain Bazaar was the place to buy cheap goods but not on a Wednesday afternoon or Sundays because everything was shut.
Good memories.
I was born in 1967 and I remember Hides, TW records and the DIY shop next to the clock tower. The police station was where Sainsburys car park is now and on the other side of the road was a big car dealers selling the new Austin Metro. I remember watching Shaw Taylor filming an episode of Police 5 when the Nat West Bank was robbed and when Dennis Waterman was at TW records signing copies of the Minder theme song Bexleyheath school was empty because we were all in the broadway. Mikes Bargain Bazaar was the place to buy cheap goods but not on a Wednesday afternoon or Sundays because everything was shut. Good memories. Forensics
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10:58pm Fri 7 Feb 14

spamface says...

Forensics wrote:
I was born in 1967 and I remember Hides, TW records and the DIY shop next to the clock tower. The police station was where Sainsburys car park is now and on the other side of the road was a big car dealers selling the new Austin Metro.
I remember watching Shaw Taylor filming an episode of Police 5 when the Nat West Bank was robbed and when Dennis Waterman was at TW records signing copies of the Minder theme song Bexleyheath school was empty because we were all in the broadway.
Mikes Bargain Bazaar was the place to buy cheap goods but not on a Wednesday afternoon or Sundays because everything was shut.
Good memories.
I remember Hides - did it have a model railway in it that you could put something like 2p in a watch it go round.

Also, the DIY shop next to the clock tower - if I remember correctly, it was a bit in the way where it was and it conveniently 'burnt down' before the area where TK maxx etc was built.
[quote][p][bold]Forensics[/bold] wrote: I was born in 1967 and I remember Hides, TW records and the DIY shop next to the clock tower. The police station was where Sainsburys car park is now and on the other side of the road was a big car dealers selling the new Austin Metro. I remember watching Shaw Taylor filming an episode of Police 5 when the Nat West Bank was robbed and when Dennis Waterman was at TW records signing copies of the Minder theme song Bexleyheath school was empty because we were all in the broadway. Mikes Bargain Bazaar was the place to buy cheap goods but not on a Wednesday afternoon or Sundays because everything was shut. Good memories.[/p][/quote]I remember Hides - did it have a model railway in it that you could put something like 2p in a watch it go round. Also, the DIY shop next to the clock tower - if I remember correctly, it was a bit in the way where it was and it conveniently 'burnt down' before the area where TK maxx etc was built. spamface
  • Score: 2

8:33pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Simon bald says...

TW records in the early 90's meant Wrestlefest
TW records in the early 90's meant Wrestlefest Simon bald
  • Score: 3

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