Share stories of growing up in Vancouver’s West End

Many stories and letters have been received already from former students and residents.

To the editor:

Growing Up in Vancouver’s West End is project telling what it was like to grow up in the West End of Vancouver and has been initiated recently by three old classmates from the area.

Many stories and letters have been received already from former students and residents. The bulk of stories deal with events and relationships in the 1940s and 1950s. Many themes are evident including colourful stories about bootlegging, gambling, sports, hangouts, school days and the risks and adventure of living in and around the downtown core. This project will result in a book about living and growing up in the West End and also an archive of stories and information about the area for researchers and the public.

We want to expand the scope of the endeavour to include stories and accounts that describe life across several eras. To that end, we invite people who grew up in the West End to contact us by email at gazpen@gmail.com. We believe that our completed work will be a welcome addition to the cultural history of our city.

Gary Pennington, Roberts Creek

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