THE BBC2 series Back In Time For Tea - featuring a Bradford family immersed in domestic life, work and leisure of working people over the past century - this week moved into the 1960s.

The show, which has followed the family through the decades so far since 1918, has prompted readers to recall their experiences in the past.

Vincent Finn, a regular contributor to this page, grew up in Bradford in the 1940s and 50s. "The 1960s brought rapid changes to the way young people spent their leisure time, thanks in part to revolutionary changes in electronics," he says. "Widespread availability of TV, music produced on 45rpm and 331/2rpm records, cassette players, portable radios would eventually open the markets to Walkmans, iPods, ipads, mobile phones. iPhones, video games, XBoxes, and dozens of 24-hour TV channels.

"These entertainment options weren't available to young people of the 1940s and 50s. Most of us relied on local social organisations for entertainment and ways to enjoy leisure time. We had to have a local base since travel relied on the bus/tram system. We had a list of organisations to choose from the numerous ones that existed in the city.

"The school day didn’t end until 4.30pm, so what free time we had was in the evening, or at weekends. Organisations open to us included boy scout troops, many supported by local churches, (sometimes churches supported a youth club), football teams organised by schools, churches, and in some case local working men’s clubs, and the Boys Brigade.

"Bradford Police sponsored a youth group, Bradford Police Boys Club, which met three or four nights a week at the Feversham Street School on Leeds Road.

"The HFC Holiday Fellowship provided summer camps to kids from the city, again usually with a link to a school or church."

Adds Vincent: "Probably one of the most popular organizations open to youth of the time was the training/junior units of the military services, for boys aged 13 to 17. All men were subjected to National Service aged 18.

The training units were provided by the Army the Army Cadet Force (ACF), the Royal Air Force, The Air Training Corps (ATC), and the Royal Navy (Sea Cadets)."

Mr Finn has sent this picture of Bradford Sea Cadets at their annual camp in 1946-1947, when they shared the same campsite as Bradford ATC, at the Royal Naval Air Station at Abbotsinch in Paisley, Scotland.

"The base was HMS Sanderling, a division of the Fleet Air Arm, hence the combination of Air Force and Naval units," he says. "I believe the aircraft the group used for this photo was a Hawker Typhoon, a ground attack aircraft introduced as a fighter-bomber in 1941.

The ATC unit was 44 Flt, City of Bradford, ATC, their drill hall was in Drewton Street, off Manningham Lane, adjacent to Busbys. Their building was the original St Bede's School before it moved to Heaton. Later the unit moved to the junction of Gladstone Street and Leeds Road.

The ATC had a full drum and bugle corps. Pictures of their inspections featured in the Telegraph and Argus."