THey say children don’t play out as much as they used to and this picture might go some way to explaining why.
Yes, there may be games consoles and almost everyone over the age of eight seems to be glued to one of these new fangled ‘mobile telephone’ devices, but perhaps modern technology is not solely to blame for the lack of exercise exhibited in young people today.
Taken 40 years apart, they show the same street in Leeds - Burley Lodge Terrace - and while at first glance they might look broadly similar, there are plenty of differences.
The houses remain pretty much the same, apart from the odd drainpipe being moved but the biggest difference is the number of cars on the street.
Children growing up in the 1970s would have been able to play out without fear of having to move out of the way every two minutes because of a passing car, nor would they have had to pay much heed to damaging parked cars, as they were few and far between.
So, one could have expected ad hoc games of cricket, football or the game which was often called ‘walley’ and no doubt upset many a 1970s resident as it involved kicking the ball as hard as you could against someone’s wall.
There was also ‘pegs’, which involved standing wooden pegs in an arch and resting them against a wall and then taking turns to throw a ball at them. Those who knocked them then had to rebuild before being tagged with the ball by the other players.
Today the road is lined with cars, a barrier to any child wanting to play out.
The street lamps have changed, of course, the amber glow of the old style lamps replaced by the magnesium glare of modern lights. ,The other noticeable difference is virtually every house now has uPVC windows, compared to wood in the 1970s.