AN ex-pat who has kept in touch with his home town for more than 15 years through warrington-worldwide took a trip down memory lane with a return visit.
Eric Caddy, aged 78, who lived in Woolston, prior to starting a new life in Texas nearly 40 years ago, has kept in touch with his home town as a member of the warrington-worldwide forum.
He was one of many ex-pats who joined the forum in the early days of the website in 2002 and has been a fairly regular contributor every since, joining in some of the hot topics being discussed by fellow members.
During his visit Eric and his wife Beckie, met up with Editor Gary Skentelbery and Forum moderator “Dizzy” to put names to faces, during a festive meal at Shelly’s on Bold Street, where hostess Michele Butterworth joined in the fun, modeling a toy Reindeer head!
Eric ran his own successful engineering company in Warrington before deciding to start a new life in America, following in the footsteps of his GI Bride sister.
Now retired, his favourite past time is golf and although he has fond memories of life in Warrington, he has no regrets about becoming an American citizen and loves life in Texas, despite the humidity and mosquitoes!
He recalled his days as a young child in Warrington, watching the German bombers flying over the town, with their bomb doors open.
“You could literally see the lights inside the planes as they flew about 500 feet overhead,” recalled Eric. “Everything would shake in the house!”
Eric also recalled his nights out in Warrington and the arrival of the Americans at the Burtonwood Base. Little did he know he would end up following his sister, who became a GI Bride, to start a new life in Texas.
“I have no regrets about giving up my British citizenship but I still enjoy coming back to my home town – but so much has changed especially the roads with all the roundabouts and traffic lights. I can drive for miles in Texas without seeing a traffic light – and the parking here leaves a little bit to be desired!”