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From Neanderthals to smartphone app - Local people wanted to share Erith Park and Larner Road stories

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The regeneration team at Erith Park is starting work on a smartphone app called ‘Walk the Talk Erith Park Tour’ and will be a walking tour that will capture the history of Erith Park and allow users to tour the area and learn more about its local history. The team is looking to speak with people in the community either who lived on the former Larner Road estate or spent time there. In particular, they are looking for stories and interesting facts about the Erith recreation ground, ball bank field, the Dell or the South Road allotments.

Once complete, people will be able to add their comments to the smartphone app, resulting in an on-going narrative about the area. The new app will also explain the history of the names for the new roads and apartment blocks and will as detailing some interesting finds including the old brick pit (where Neanderthals flint working discovered there).

A workshop will be held from on Sunday 15 February at the Erith Park Regeneration office located at 4 Corhaven House, Larner Road, Erith, DA8 3RH. The workshop will take place from 10.30am to 1pm and participants will meet and create the walking route that will form the tour for the Smartphone app. We’ll then gather stories to include as part of the route. If you can’t attend on the day, you may also share you’re stories by visiting the Erith Park Facebook page at @ErithPark.

For more information, please contact Francois Jensen at the Erith Park Regeneration office on Erith 01322 338192 or by emailing.

To whet your appetite, below is a story from local resident, Harold Lowther, about the local Sparta football team:

“In the early sixties, my brother Arthur helped setup the Erith Sparta team who played in the Kent Suburban Sunday League. We were a strong team, so we went straight into division one. The team were combination of the Erith Rec boys and Thanet Road boys and we played in blue and white striped shirts. We trained every night except for Friday and Saturday at the Gordon Perry Stadium, he was a famous mile runner. I was vice captain, but at the first ever Sparta game, a friendly away match against Ravensbourne, we won 6 to 3!

Were you a member of Erith Sparta team? Did you go and watch them play? Share your story with the Erith Park Regeneration team!