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Travels! by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 17-Oct-2014
Have gathered from remarks on here and from what little bit I have seen on FB that there are Gortonians living all around the world or are travelling around it fairly often. Now, lets be hearing from you about the most unusual/exciting/frightening/beautiful places you have experianced, its not exactly Gorton talk but its Gorton people getting about, so lets hear it, keep this site going, regardles... more >>   
  • Re: Travels! by Ken Frost (Member 10254048) on 18-Oct-2014
    Having served in the Army I was sent to Muscat and Oman in the 1970s, we acted as the training team for the Sultans Army. Attached to an RAF Camp we lived in the Desert, part of my role was to patrol along the Jebel a mountain range on the Yemen border. The base camp was um el Guaraf this was an oasis in the Salalah area I made lots of friend there some from a company laying tarmac roads through... more >>

  • Re: Travels! by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 19-Oct-2014
    Late 1960's we were living in northern Uganda and a short distance away was Chobi National Park which was part of the huge Murchison Falls Park. One Sunday we were all in the Chobi park chugging along the River Track alongside the Nile. On the lookout for wildlife we came across a lone buffalo which was not happy at us being there! Following the rules we just drove slowly past this beast and conti... more >>

  • Re: Travels! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 20-Oct-2014
    Jim, you sure like living on the edge, and youve got some great tales to tell. I cant possibly contribute to this thread, the scariest thing I did was last week trying to climb those spiral stone steps to the top of Conwy Castle despite my dodgy hips and shoulder...

  • Re: Travels! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 20-Oct-2014
    Oh and the other scary thing I did was to let my big bro Billy fly me over Swansea in a 4-seater plane - now that was SCARY...

  • Re: Travels! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 21-Oct-2014
    Travelling back from M/c to Moray after attending the funeral of my favourite uncle in the 1970's I decided to follow the route over the Dava Moor just north of Aviemore instead of sticking to the main roads To my horror I got caught out in a sudden snowstorm The windscreen wipers could barely cope but because I could just make out a set of tyre tracks in front decided to continue I soon found my... more >>

  • Re: Travels! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 21-Oct-2014
    Brilliant true scary story Jean, clever you getting out of it alive, it could have been so much worse.

  • Re: Travels! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 21-Oct-2014
    Aye well Lynda I have climbed the Conway Castle spiral steps...but you wouldn't get me in a four seater plane! Very brave

  • Re: Travels! by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 23-Oct-2014
    1966, spent the whole year living in Israel.
    I travelled from Haifa, south and east through the desert (as it was then, not so now) by Army Truck overnight, without any sleep at all.
    About 4:00am we saw our first glimpse of Jerusalem from about three miles away, just as the sun came up.
    The city, surrounded as it is by limestone walls, turned pink in the morning sun, and was a sight I shall nev... more >>

  • Re: Travels! by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 23-Oct-2014
    In 1966 I had a weekend in New Brighton. It rained.

  • Re: Travels! by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 23-Oct-2014
    I was first married in 1965. I wish it had rained, i would not have turned up.

  • Re: Travels! by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 24-Oct-2014
    John, your 1966, thats the stuff memories are made of, a fantastic sunrise, one to treasure.
    We have one as well for 1966, we flew out of Gatwick on 1-1-1966 bound for Uganda and experianced our first African sunrise as we flew over Lake Victoria on our approach to Entebbe airport. Have seen many beautiful sunrises and sunsets ( a lot of them here in Scotland!) but there is always one that sticks... more >>

  • Re: Travels! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 25-Oct-2014
    Holidaying in the far east in my fiftieth year Having checked into the hotel I returned to reception across the vast foyer standing as tall as I could I gave an Oscar winning performance gliding across to a fortyish female...
    Giving me no chance to say anything she said "Ah Madam I bet you beautiful when young"..and whist I was still spluttering and adding insult to the back handed compli... more >>

  • Re: Travels! by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 25-Oct-2014
    Great stuff Jean, lovely story, where were you??
    A couple more from me tomorrow, keep them coming folks, you have all got a book in you somewhere!
    Regards. Jim.

  • Re: Travels! by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 25-Oct-2014
    Fort Lauderdale Fla about ten years ago. We got lost and pulled over into a boozer for refreshments and directions but the barman was no help. A customer asked me which part of Manchester I was from so I told him Gorton. He said he was from Denton and after comparing notes it turned out he went to Ryder Brow school with my little sister.

  • Re: Travels! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 25-Oct-2014
    Who was that then Billy????

  • Re: Travels! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 26-Oct-2014
    Good morning Jim We were in Singapore and Thailand My little story took place in Bangkok Did you all remember to put back the clocks?

  • Re: Travels! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 26-Oct-2014
    Forgot to say I loved your story about Jerusalem John..H (just in case John..C is watching)It would be one of those moments to really cherish Lucky you

  • Re: Travels! by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 26-Oct-2014
    Morning to you Jean, yes, the clocks went back albeit this morning!
    Re:Travels, the 'unusual'!
    About 15 miles north of where we lived in Uganda was a leprosarium where the people inflicted with the illness were treated. A young German guy worked there as a 'dresser'. He was invited to all the parties etc and so decided that he would have a party and a whole crowd of us were invited to the event.... more >>

  • Re: Travels! by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 26-Oct-2014
    Pat has just reminded me, 1985 and we were both stood in the middle of the living room in our Lae, Papua New Guinea house. Louvre windows closed and ceiling fan going full blast as we gasped for breath and the tears rolled down our cheeks! In the street outside, 10 yards away, the police were battling a gang of rioters with lots of tear gas and big sticks! Happy Days!

  • Re: Travels! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 28-Oct-2014
    hello again Jim So the Gorton kid has travelled far eh? Interesting stories though.. maybe you should write them down
    Our Daughter Elise (47) made a gift to me of a beautifully bound writing book to record my life story which I think is a good idea I wish I had asked my Grandma to do the same. Its living history isn't it? Our children have never seen an outside toilet for instance and the ide... more >>

  • Re: Travels! by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 29-Oct-2014
    Regarding my year living in Israel (1966) I had quite a few of those "where were you when" moments.
    On 6th May 1966 I was working at Kibbutz Kfar Hanassi under the Golan Heights in Northern Israel when I heard that Myra Hindley and Ian Brady had been convicted of the Moors Murders at Chester Assizes.
    Coming from West Gorton, that really hit home, as it did for many Gorton folk.
    On 12th August t... more >>

  • Re: Travels! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 30-Oct-2014
    Fascinating posting John What were you doing there

  • Re: Travels! by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 31-Oct-2014
    Jean,
    I was on an exchange visit with Israeli Police Officers who came to the UK to learn training methods and vice versa.
    After three months at Tel Aviv Barracks, during which I visited all the places I had ever heard of, I opted to stay on and do voluntary work for VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) as part of my Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award.
    I had to forfeit my salary, but earned money driv... more >>

  • Re: Travels! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 1-Nov-2014
    That would have been a priceless experience John I am impressed In December of 1966 I had my first baby then another 18 months later so my focus was nappy centred!!!

  • Re: Travels! by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 5-Nov-2014
    Hi Jean, children are the be-all and end-all for me.
    I have thirteen grandchildren at the moment.
    It's hard getting to see them all enough (two are in the USA), but they are all that matters.

  • Re: Travels! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 5-Nov-2014
    Then we sing from the same hymn sheet John We have six grandchildren and one great grandchild! They are all my treasure Fortunately we see quite a lot of them still You know what they are like as they get older MY CUP OVERFLOWS

  • Re: Travels! by Helen Simpson (Member 10292267) on 4-Jan-2015
    I have visited some lovely places over the past 50 years, Spain, Greece, Malta, North Africa and also lived in Australia for 3 years, but I still remember my first holiday in the sun in Spain on the Costa de Almeria in a little village next to the sea called Aqua Amarga, sunshine everyday, blue sky, warm nights, cheap wine, fantastic food and lovely people although they didn't speak English we got... more >>

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The 'Wall of Death' !! by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 11-Oct-2014
Saw a bit somewhere on the TV last week about the motor bike 'Wall of Death' show and I think that it was done at Belle Vue many years ago ? I was a very young kid at the time and was amazed at how those guys stayed on the wall. Anybody out there know any of the guys who rode that 'wall'?. Do you remember the lion act that always came on last during the Circus shows at Belle Vue, we kids sat spell... more >>   
  • Re: The 'Wall of Death' !! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 12-Oct-2014
    I well remember seeing the big colourful billboards advertising their death defying stunts In a giant wooden bowl Jim and I would have paid more attention if I thought someone in the future would ask me to name them Ha Ha!!

  • Re: The 'Wall of Death' !! by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 12-Oct-2014
    Sorry Jim but this is about teenage sexual awakening. I worked on the Hoop La stall just opposite the wall of death and a large, scantily clad lady called Vicky Sherry would tempt the punters in and she rode as a passenger on the wall.
    Unrequited love but it got me into motorbikes.

  • Re: The 'Wall of Death' !! by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 15-Oct-2014
    Whilst we are 'in' Belle Vue can anybody out there remember the huge skull that use to be on show in the elephant house ? I heard a story in those days that there had been a fight between a couple of the elephants and a young one had been killed or put down as a result of its injuries ?
    Plus, does anybody know when the last fireworks display was held in Belle Vue ?
    Lovely autumn weather here fol... more >>

  • Re: The 'Wall of Death' !! by stuart mcintyre (Member 10296593) on 15-Oct-2014
    the scull in the elephant house was that of a mother rhino kill by her son

  • Re: The 'Wall of Death' !! by Robert (Bob) Moore (Member 10099906) on 17-Dec-2014
    You are right Stewart, I remember that skull, with a big hole in once side where the horn had gone in

  • Re: The 'Wall of Death' !! by Robert (Bob) Moore (Member 10099906) on 17-Dec-2014
    Sorry, that should be Stuart

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Spurgeon Street off William Street, West Gorton, M/cr 12. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 6-Oct-2014
I am trying to locate a couple of families who lived in Spurgeon Street - which was a Play Street running directly off William (Hoyland) Street - as their children went to St Marks'School between 1952 and 1959:
The families were the BURKES and the MOTTERSHEADS.
Bernard Burke and Sally Mottershead were in my class between those years.
I heard Bernard may well be a taxi-driver in Manchester, but ... more >>
  
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John CARLTON by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 30-Sep-2014
I personally miss the banter with, and the humour of, John Carlton on this site.
We can ill-afford to lose from Knowhere Gorton people with the host of memories John possesses.
Come back Big Fella.
  
  • Re: John CARLTON by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 30-Sep-2014
    Waste of time John. JC has spat his dummy out.

  • Re: John CARLTON by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 30-Sep-2014
    Teddy is out of the pram.

  • Re: John CARLTON by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 6-Oct-2014
    I hope he does a Terminator - "I'll be back".

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Jean Mclaren again by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 29-Sep-2014
I was in Gorton and found near enough where I was born (80 Robert Street) and was lucky enough to find a local lady who had been living at her "abbotsbury walk" address for 40 years she had been born in ardwick so knew the area even before she moved there She said her house was on what used to be Margaret street There was building going on and she told me it was the site of St marks school (This w... more >>   
  • Re: Jean Mclaren again by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 29-Sep-2014
    Fantastic Jean. I have a photo I took earlier this year of Tony McMunn standing outside where his corner shop once stood right opposite your old house. I can't remember if you are on facebook but if you are I will send you the pickie.

  • Re: Jean Mclaren again by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 29-Sep-2014
    That would be fine Billy Thank you I do remember seeing it somewhere it would be good to compare features Particularly there is a building still standing on what was old Clowes St
    and it looks as if it was facing Margaret St or maybe one street further away
    I was told that it was a works depot Maybe you remember?

  • Re: Jean Mclaren again by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 30-Sep-2014
    Hi Jean,
    I was looking at that building-site three weeks ago, and they are correct, in that it was previously occupied by St Marks' Infants and Primary School.
    However, this is NOT the site of the original St Marks' Infants and Primary Schools which formerly stood between Robert Street and William Street, West Gorton, and which were demolished in the late 1960's.
    The actual location of the firs... more >>

  • Re: Jean Mclaren again by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 30-Sep-2014
    Hi John I did not know about the 2nd St marks But curiously enough I felt "instinctively" that it was just a little too far over and that Hoyland Close was about right but not quite close enough to old Clowes St But all in all I must have wandered over the spot... I got Vibes this time!!! What a pity we were there at different times It would have been so lovely to have exchanged memories Thanks ... more >>

  • Re: Jean Mclaren again by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 30-Sep-2014
    I have visited that area many times in the last couple of years Jean with JH and Tony McMunn and others. Sure you have seen some of the pickies. I wish our Lynda would get her arse in gear and meet me there in the tank back one day. We could stand there holding hands and I know she would be reduced to tears and probably me too.
    I can feel the memories and see them too. Like an electromagnetic fie... more >>

  • Re: Jean Mclaren again by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 30-Sep-2014
    No Billy Not to me I can't tell you how much It meant to me to go "Home"

  • Re: Jean Mclaren again by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 1-Oct-2014
    Jean,
    Bill and Lynda have a real feel for the "old ground" in West Gorton, and can pin-point any former West Gorton sites - worth a meeting I can assure you.
    John.

  • Re: Jean Mclaren again by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 2-Oct-2014
    thanks again John hello all
    I am keen to know what the building(visible on the photo of tony McMunn's visit) still standing on what would have been old clowes street was/is

  • Re: Jean Mclaren again by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 2-Oct-2014
    Hi there Jean, lovely story that, especially your treasure trove from Robert Street. Ive often wondered what might have been left under our house when they demolished it. Glad you found your roots Jean :-)

  • Re: Jean Mclaren again by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 2-Oct-2014
    Good morning Lynda Greetings from a sunny Scotland( well at the moment) My husband spends most of his time on the golf course Tues and Thurs we spend together and are about to go out so here's a quick response..
    I always envy people who have strong ties to each other Like tribal communities with their strange cultures
    What they have is ROOTS anchoring them to one place, one people That might... more >>

  • Re: Jean Mclaren again by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 2-Oct-2014
    Good morning Lynda Greetings from a sunny Scotland( well at the moment) My husband spends most of his time on the golf course Tues and Thurs we spend together and are about to go out so here's a quick response..
    I always envy people who have strong ties to each other Like tribal communities with their strange cultures
    What they have is ROOTS anchoring them to one place, one people That might... more >>

  • Re: Jean Mclaren again by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 6-Oct-2014
    @ Jean and Lynda,
    Wouldn't it be great to see Time Team excavate the old West Gorton area and discovering the cellars with the wash-house boiler and copper and the old coal-holes?
    I remember when Clowes Street was demolished, they just pulled the walls and roofs down and bulldozed the lot into the cellars.
    John H.

  • Re: Jean Mclaren again by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 7-Oct-2014
    hi John
    I was intrigued to hear how the demolition was carried out on the old Clowes Street houses I would love to be in on a Time Team excavation but better still.. I would love a time machine!

  • Re: Jean Mclaren again by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 7-Oct-2014
    Hello Jean, pleased that your Gorton safari was more productive than my rather short wander around.
    I couldn't agree more with your comments about tribes and their cultures. Pat and I had the wonderful experiance of working/living/mixing with the wonderful peoples of Papua New Guinea for 12 years! We met some amazing characters as we were moved around the country and islands to work in Technical ... more >>

  • Re: Jean Mclaren again by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 8-Oct-2014
    Greetings from Moray Jim
    It sounds as if you have had an interesting life
    I am glad you understood my sentiment about roots
    when left Gorton all those years ago part of me stayed behind!!
    Yes we too got hammered again What a deluge
    Hope to get through to Inverness befor... more >>

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Imbecile by S. Tringer (Member 10296075) on 26-Sep-2014
That's right John   
  • Re: Imbecile by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 26-Sep-2014
    ?????

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Phil Orme by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 21-Sep-2014
What a fantastic day we had yesterday with little Johnnie Finn and our beloved teacher Mr Parry at Edale. He is still the same charming person he was at Nicholls in the 60s. Kept referring to us as his boys. Next time we won't let him buy lunch for us. I have tried to find you on facebook but drawn a blank so if you can find me please send a friends request.
Your old pal Billy.
  
  • Re: Phil Orme by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 22-Sep-2014
    Sounds like a nice day Bill.
    I have been totally unlucky tracing any of the teachers from my senior school days, but it would be nice to speak with them about the "old days".

  • Re: Phil Orme by philip orme (Member 10262543) on 22-Sep-2014
    hi billy will try and find you on facebook/

  • Re: Phil Orme by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Sep-2014
    John
    Our wonderful Mr Parry was was our form master for four years at Nicholls and guided us from being snot nosed kids to a smart group of young men. We became a family in that period thanks to our Welsh Wizard.
    He is the same age as my mam ( 91 ) and as sharp as a razor though unsteady on his pins. He told us hilarious stories of the infighting amongst members of staff and the schoolboy pranks... more >>

  • Re: Phil Orme by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Sep-2014
    PS Phil Orme and I are now facebook friends. Us Gortonians really are a special breed.

  • Re: Phil Orme by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 22-Sep-2014
    Hi Bill, lovely to hear you had a successful weekend with your old teacher Mr Parry. Not many of us could do that.

  • Re: Phil Orme by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Sep-2014
    I am truly honored and a fortunate Gorton skally.

  • Re: Phil Orme by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 30-Sep-2014
    Yes you are, and what a sharpshooter - St Marks' bell never recovered Bill.

  • Re: Phil Orme by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 30-Sep-2014
    I could have been one of the last people to ring St Marks Church bell. With my dads 177 Webley Junior slug gun. I never missed.

  • Re: Phil Orme by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 6-Oct-2014
    I'm sure you must have been Bill.
    It was sad to see the old church where my late Mum and Dad were married demolished, criminal.

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Anniversaries. by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 20-Sep-2014
Just seen on the news that today is the 70th. Anniversary of the parachute drop at Arnham in the second world war. I was obviously only a child when this happened but in later years I learned that I had actually worked with one of those guys when serving my 'time' as a painter. He was a quiet, tall bloke who only spoke when it was needed, he always had a 'drop' on his nose and we young apprentices... more >>   
  • Re: Anniversaries. by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 20-Sep-2014
    They didnt talk about these things did they, our Dad only talked with me about war stuff in his last weeks. They were heroes. By the way Jim, have you posted anything on GortonM18 yet?

  • Re: Anniversaries. by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 21-Sep-2014
    Hello Lynda, had a look on FB but not done anything as yet, wouldn't know where to start to put photos on, will need some help eventually.
    Have so many things on the go, FB is just an extra one to do! As it gets later in the year and theres less to do outside I shall have more time to concentrate on this new project. The nights are darker by 8pm. now and dawn is later,no more sunlight at 3-30am (... more >>

  • Re: Anniversaries. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 22-Sep-2014
    What about those fresh winter winds Jim?
    I seem to recall that one of the priorities for a friend of mine on Stornaway was keeping the roof on during the winter.
    I remember him telling me about using ropes and heavy stones as weights stretched over the roof to hold it down.
    Now THAT sounds like a priority to me mate.

  • Re: Anniversaries. by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 23-Sep-2014
    Morning John, as it turns out we have had a local weather warning for the coming winter---- snow and 'boistrous' winds! Roof contruction in Scotland is very strong and we have never had to resort to tying the roof down--as yet!. A few stones put in the plastic gutters to keep them in place during the winds and the older 'out-buildings' which have asbestos sheets on top can be seen with heavy stone... more >>

  • Re: Anniversaries. by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 23-Sep-2014
    Jim, John....my great grandfather lived on Achill Island off the coast of Mayo, Eire. he was a fisher man, well to be more correct he used to go out into the Atlantic in rowing boat maybe a Coricle ) to spear basking sharks, bring them back to land for the oil, etc, etc.
    They had old discarded fishing nets thrown over their roofs ( thatched or turf ) with rocks tied to the ends to weigh the nets... more >>

  • Re: Anniversaries. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Sep-2014
    Hi John C, your mention of Achill Island reminds me that my old friend lives at Newport, Co Mayo, at the end of a lovely track and facing the bay with it's islands.
    Last saw him ten years ago, and I need to go there again.
    One of the most beautiful parts of the country.

  • Re: Anniversaries. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Sep-2014
    Hi Jim, my old friend was from Carloway in the Outer Hebrides, Isle of Lewis, and although we worked together in Manchester for years, I never got there.
    I remember the day his mother got a phone fitted at their cottage, in the early 1970's, and he rang her from the office.
    She was a pure Gaelic speaker, as was he, and it was fascinating to hear the conversation.
    It was he that used to tell me ... more >>

  • Re: Anniversaries. by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Sep-2014
    I have visited the lovely village of Clifden in County Galway on my motorbike many times or it could be in Connemara. Wonderful friendly people and great food and Guinness. Alcock and Brown crash landed there in the first transatlantic flight.

  • Re: Anniversaries. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Sep-2014
    Bill,
    I visited there five years ago, after a huge storm in Connemara National Park, I arrived and found the little museum with the old photographs of Alcock and Brown's airplane crashed into the bog just outside the village.
    Lovely memories for me because Brown was an old boy of my school, Central Grammar, and he was mentioned to all new kids like me in 1959.
    Beautiful part of Ireland.

  • Re: Anniversaries. by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 28-Sep-2014
    Thought it was Sammy Davies Jnr, that landed there first..........wait for it....he's Alcock & Brown....haha

  • Re: Anniversaries. by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 28-Sep-2014
    Not very funny!

  • Re: Anniversaries. by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 28-Sep-2014
    Lighten up Kate....it was said in jest.....you will not tell me what to put on here....that I mean.!!!

  • Re: Anniversaries. by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 28-Sep-2014
    I wouldn't dream of it but presumably you are a grown up man and not some stupid kid?

  • Re: Anniversaries. by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 28-Sep-2014
    SLOW DOWN GUYS ! We do not need this agro on this message board. There are plenty of 'rants' on other sites and on FB., lets keep it off the Gorton site , its too good for that sort of rubbish!... Jim.

  • Re: Anniversaries. by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 28-Sep-2014
    Thanks Jim, but "Kate Knowitall" has had another bitch at me, think she has had a sense of humour failure Again...must be an age thing, silly bitch.
    No wonder this board is getting stuffy with people like her watching every thing people say. Gorton Message Board you have just lost another reader.... heads up people the sense of humour police are watching you. bye its been a blast. I know for cer... more >>

  • Re: Anniversaries. by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 28-Sep-2014
    Lets keep our eye on the ball brothers and sisters. We all know who the real enemies are. Please don't abandon this great site John. Billy Whizz will miss you.

  • Re: Anniversaries. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 28-Sep-2014
    Me too Big John.

  • Re: Anniversaries. by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 29-Sep-2014
    And though I've only read your postings John I will too

  • Re: Anniversaries. by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 2-Oct-2014
    Me too JC, met you twice now and you're a smashing fella, and so is the boss (Angie) haha.

  • Re: Anniversaries. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 6-Oct-2014
    It's not the same without 'The Big Fella' is it?
    Hope he makes a triumphant return soon, I miss him.

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Facebook by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 19-Sep-2014
Well, what can I say?
This site has stagnated and it is not because of people defecting. Most of the names on this page are also on FB. I have had years of pleasure and found friends old and new thanks to "Gorton Message Board." So many memories relived. The silent majority ( if there is one ) need to start contributing or the spammers and trolls will take it over. Don't believe me? Check out any... more >>
  
  • Re: Facebook by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 19-Sep-2014
    ellway aidsay illybay, well said.

  • Re: Facebook by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 19-Sep-2014
    Allohay arymay ymay arlingday. Did I get it ightray.

  • Re: Facebook by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 20-Sep-2014
    Yes you are right Billy as you always are....Did any body manage to get Mr. Goldthorpe AKA the Memory man on board ??? he could be a great benefit to this site......answering and asking questions about OUR beloved Gorton, come on guys this could be our hour of need.....get canvassing for new blood. Thank you.

  • Re: Facebook by Ken Frost (Member 10254048) on 20-Sep-2014
    I must apologise as I log on to this site most days just to see if anyone I know has been on I know Mr Holmes through his cousin but cannot remember any of the others. I think Mr Whittaker may have known my sister Elsie and I remember a Nobby Clarke. He was at school with my brother Eric and went into the Harrington and Palm Court pubs. I know Johnie King from the Monastry as we played football... more >>

  • Re: Facebook by Anne Irving (Member 10289876) on 20-Sep-2014
    Well said Bill. It would be a shame if this site went down. I have really enjoyed the comments on here, also your brilliant poems. I think some people are on several sites, and sometimes its hard to keep up with them all.

  • Re: Facebook by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 20-Sep-2014
    I only met the memory man once John in the Waggon last year. I don't think he has a PC.

  • Re: Facebook by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 20-Sep-2014
    Hi Ken ,I agree with you entirely, it can be difficult to introduce new'topics' of general interest to the Gorton Mesage Board, like you, I have a look most days. There are very few people from my part of Gorton on here, John Holmes is one but we never 'clicked' during that time but, as Billy says, we must keep the site busy and not become a target!Ken, I did know an Elsie but she was Elsie Partri... more >>

  • Re: Facebook by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 20-Sep-2014
    Hi everyone, glad we're all looking in here now and again. Unfortunately now most of us are on Facebook, the old photos draw you in and you get sidetracked easily - which is a shame for those who are NOT on F/B. Our old brains only store so much information and sometimes you feel like you've mentioned everything, then someone comes up with a snippet that you can answer or join in with. Those are... more >>

  • Re: Facebook by Ken Frost (Member 10254048) on 21-Sep-2014
    Hi Jim
    My mother was a whittaker her father was from Middleton/Hadfield we have don the family tree so email me on Norkenf@aol.com and I will send you a copy of our family tree it goes back to 1660
    Ken

  • Re: Facebook by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 21-Sep-2014
    Ken, many thanks, email on the way, looking forward to this as it sounds like the right area for my G/father !! Jim.

  • Re: Facebook by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 22-Sep-2014
    Hello everyone, I agree with the comments here, especially where Lynda says that the attraction of being able to post photographs on other sites is a great attraction, and it's sometimes a bit disheartening on this site when you post a message or make a comment which remains unanswered for weeks and sometimes months.
    However, I can understand that, as we all lead busy lives, though we like to thi... more >>

  • Re: Facebook by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 22-Sep-2014
    Geoff Goldthorpe was in the Waggon & Horses the day we first met up in April 2013. Its his local pub, so anyone going in, just ask the landlord if he's there - he's a mine of information, but he wasnt on the internet at that time. He's about 64 and went to Ryder Brow School, seems to know everyone.

  • Re: Facebook by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 22-Sep-2014
    I was his brothers mate ( Steve ) for a while, we lived on Whittaker St. Last time I saw Steve was in The Clock Face , was telling Billy Briggs about the last meeting in there it was like a seen from a cowboy movie, haha chairs flying through the air, bodies every where.. women, men and bouncers all fighting........haha

  • Re: Facebook by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Sep-2014
    I think I was there that night John. There again it could have been any Saturday night.

  • Re: Facebook by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Sep-2014
    Any pub in Gorton.

  • Re: Facebook by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Sep-2014
    Just realised that the Clock Face was in Beswick but the same rules apply.

  • Re: Facebook by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Sep-2014
    Hi Bill, I have a feeling it was near where the Etihad Stadium is now, but it has been demolished for years now.
    Beswick was literally awash with pubs in the 1970's.

  • Re: Facebook by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Sep-2014
    The clock face was on Ashton Old Road opposite Gorton Road John. It was one of my regular watering holes. Chesters House.

  • Re: Facebook by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 30-Sep-2014
    Hi Bill, yes I remember it now you have pinpointed it, I remember it as being a big handsome building.
    Another lovely building consigned to the skip!

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Death of Sandy BUSBY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 16-Sep-2014
Sandy Busby, the son of the late Sir Matt Busby died last night (Monday 15th September 2014).
Never as enigmatic as his Dad, he was nevertheless a devoted supporter of Manchester United and an asset to it's financial management over a number of years prior to the Glazer's aquisition - RIP.
  
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Mr Parry by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 6-Sep-2014
If any of our members attended Nicholls School Ardwick in the early 60s and remembers our fantastic maths and rugby teacher, the Welsh wizard Mr Parry, you may be interested to know that he is alive and well and lives in Edale in Derbyshire. Well a fortnight tomorrow a small group of old boys are going there to buy him a pint and I for one will be giving him some souvenier photos of his lads from ... more >>   
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A few things! by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 6-Sep-2014
Hello Billy Briggs. Will contact you next week about getting into M/c 18 on FB, have had a look and will give it a go, will be in touch!
John Holmes, During your time living on Church Lane did you ever know the Turner family who lived on Church Lane at thec corner of Belper Street, I think the lad was called Harry but could be wrong about that. Wasn't there a 'chippy' just past the 'entry' on Bel... more >>
  
  • Re: A few things! by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 6-Sep-2014
    Good lad Jim. Soon as you join FB let me know and I will propose you on M18. You have my email address. I can recommend other sites which I am sure will interest you.

  • Re: A few things! by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 7-Sep-2014
    Jim,
    I remember the Turner family, as I recall they played on the Red Rec at Casson Street with me and our kid plus others.
    I lost track of them later on in the mid 1960's, and never saw the family again.
    You are right about the chippy Jim, but for some reason we always went to the chippy on Engell Street, a bit further up Cambert Lane .
    Not sure about the barber's though, we used Bob "Snatch"... more >>

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My own safari by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 26-Aug-2014
Maybe I need my head testing but because the last two attempts to stand on the spot where I was born were failures I have unfinished business in Gorton!
So Billy and I are going to M/c next monday 1st Sept for a week That is not the sole reason of course, my sister Renee moved house in April and I told her we would go back and see her settled in
If by the remotest chance any of you were free it... more >>
  
  • Re: My own safari by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 28-Aug-2014
    Hi Jean and Billy. We hope your trip to M/c goes well and it would be great to fix up a meeting when you get back. We do visit Inverness every now and then, Pat can then mount an 'attack' on M&S etc.! We usually travel by either bus (free!) or train (cheap!). We are usually there from about 10-30am until approx 6pm. for the train. No doubt there would be much of mutual interest to natter about, on... more >>

  • Re: My own safari by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 28-Aug-2014
    I shall look forward to that Jim Every good wish to you both
    Jean

  • Re: My own safari by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 28-Aug-2014
    email sent Jim.

  • Re: My own safari by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 29-Aug-2014
    hello Billy Briggs - no email received!

  • Re: My own safari by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 29-Aug-2014
    Tried again Jim.

  • Re: My own safari by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 29-Aug-2014
    Billy Briggs---- got it, will give the idea some thought. Cheers J.

  • Re: My own safari by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 29-Aug-2014
    Case anyone was wondering, it was photos. Can't send them on here.

  • Re: My own safari by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 7-Sep-2014
    Hi Jean, where was this "spot" you were born, Billy Briggs has a good knowledge of the area, he should be able to help you pinpoint it.

  • Re: My own safari by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 20-Sep-2014
    Hi John H - Bill will know where Jean's house was. When you found the location of Tony McMunn's shop on Robert Street the other week, Jean's house would be a few yards to the East, she lived on the 'evens' side.

  • Re: My own safari by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 22-Sep-2014
    Thanks Lynda, x.

  • Re: My own safari by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 22-Sep-2014
    Jean said she lived at No. 80, next door to Paul & Geoff Beard, close to Watson Street. (Your school playground looked up Watson Street) McMunns shop on Robert Street was No.75 I think.

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My own safari by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 26-Aug-2014
Maybe I need my head testing but because the last two attempts to stand on the spot where I was born were failures I have unfinished business in Gorton!
So Billy and I are going to M/c next monday 1st Sept for a week That is not the sole reason of course, my sister Renee moved house in April and I told her we would go back and see her settled in
If by the remotest chance any of you were free it... more >>
  
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North east Scotland. by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 23-Aug-2014
Hi Jean. I see from one of your messages that you live in the north east of Scotland. So do we!
I did mention it when I entered my message at the end of the 'visiting' section but its a long way down the scroll now.
We are 5 miles south of Wick, off the A99 in a tiny place called Sarclet. We missed the wild weather of last week as we enjoyed the sunshine of Manchester. Been up here for almost ei... more >>
  
  • Re: North east Scotland. by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 23-Aug-2014
    Come on Jim. Give us a report on your Manchester trip.

  • Re: North east Scotland. by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 24-Aug-2014
    Not that much to report Billy. Had a couple of hours in Gorton. Had a look at what used to be Peacock Street School, wandered across the park that used to be the 'rec', not as much litter as I was expecting! Tried to find my old street but no luck there, might have been close but no way of knowing. I did not enjoy the time, its so different. lots of gardens about the place. I said 'how do' to a fe... more >>

  • Re: North east Scotland. by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 25-Aug-2014
    Good morning folks
    Jim you are a fair bit further north than me then I live on the Moray Firth in a small fishing village and have been here for 49 years I have witnessed great changes in that time However I have stayed loyal to my M/c roots visiting almost every year driving down sometimes on my own with my two little ones on the back seat and that was on old roads there has been huge improvem... more >>

  • Re: North east Scotland. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Sep-2014
    Hi Jim,
    Glad you got a visit in to the Gorton area, like you say, lots of changes eh?
    I still get down to Clowes Street, West Gorton, but almost all cleared now, with some new houses built.
    I have a walk around Cambert Lane, Gorton too, and the saddest thing I see is the state of Hyde Road.
    When you consider its one of the main arterial roads in and out of the City, it's a real disgrace.
    Kind... more >>

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West Gorton 1949 - 1960 by Alan Clarke (Member 10295242) on 23-Aug-2014
I lived in Margaret Street until 1960 with my sister Marilyn, Mum Marjorie and Dad Eric. Went to Thomas Street Primary and then on to Openshaw Tech. Would like to make contact with any friends, schoolmates or neighbours who remember our family.   
  • Re: West Gorton 1949 - 1960 by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 23-Aug-2014
    Hello Alan, welcome to the site. What years were you at Thomas St school, my bro & I both went there too, lived on Robert Street. Can you recall any kids names, we may have known you.

  • Re: West Gorton 1949 - 1960 by Alan Clarke (Member 10295242) on 24-Aug-2014
    Hi!
    I was at Thomas street from 55 - 60 and as for names I don`t remember many. Had a crush on a girl called Avril Bradley but that's about it. If you prompt me it may refresh the old grey matter!!
    Thanks for your response.

  • Re: West Gorton 1949 - 1960 by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Aug-2014
    Alan. Lynda left Tommo in 1960 and I left in 59. We both have class photos and if you are on facebook we could send them to you or you could post your e mail on here.

  • Re: West Gorton 1949 - 1960 by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 24-Aug-2014
    Hi Alan, I was at Tommo Nursery 1954 - 1961. Started Ryder Brow Sept 1961. Do you know Dave Wright, maybe same age as you, he went from Tommo to O/Tech around same time as you. (Dave's on this site). Lads in my class were Brian Farrell, David Duckworth, Brian Lawrence (from Margaret Street), Graham Fielding (from the newsagents near Margaret St/Clowes St I think), Jimmy Woodcock, Brian Towler, and there's more.

  • Re: West Gorton 1949 - 1960 by Alan Clarke (Member 10295242) on 25-Aug-2014
    Any class photos would be great alanwaterloo@gmail.com
    Many Thanks.

  • Re: West Gorton 1949 - 1960 by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 25-Aug-2014
    Hi Alan, you dont need to join Facebook to see all our photos. Can I suggest you take a look at 2 sites. One is Gorton M18 and the other is Wenlock Way Primary school. Click PHOTOS near the top of the F/B site page. If you like what you see, you could always sign up and join in the fun. Did you recognise any of the names I posted??

  • Re: West Gorton 1949 - 1960 by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 25-Aug-2014
    email sent.

  • Re: West Gorton 1949 - 1960 by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 25-Aug-2014
    Hi Alan
    I only have one name for you: Jennifer Johnson she lived in Margaret Street and was my older sister Ann's friend She would be coming up for seventy now She had very unusual colouring as most blondes have blue eyes hers were brown and her hair was a strong blonde and very thick which she wore in plaits She lived on the left looking towards Hyde Road just before the bend

  • Re: West Gorton 1949 - 1960 by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Sep-2014
    Hi Alan,
    I wonder if you knew our kid, Christopher (Chris) Holmes, who was at Openshaw Tech (from St Marks') between 1961(2) to 1966(7).
    He lived with us at 126 Clowes Street, right next door to St Marks's Church, in a house between William (Hoyland) Street and Elizabeth Street.
    Just to help with the location, our house was a former Tripe Shop that stood next to the Beswick
    Co-op's Butchers' ... more >>

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some more names by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 18-Aug-2014
Does anyone remember the very eccentric Mrs Gaskill who lived next door but one to us(80 Robert St)and almost facing McMunns shop she had old newspapers stacked floor to ceiling all around her sitting room she would sit on a chair on her doorstep and considered the pavement in front of her house her property Anyone who lingered there too long was quickly despatched by the broom which she kept just... more >>   
  • Re: some more names by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 18-Aug-2014
    Hello Jean, glad you mentioned Mrs Gaskell, we were talking about her last week. Yes she was the original grumpy old woman with a broom, and she hated us going past her house. One day, she took great pleasure in chucking a bucket of cold water over us just coz we were making a bit of noise. That was when our Mum went over and gave her "what for". Did you see Dave Wright's post below about Paul ... more >>

  • Re: some more names by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 18-Aug-2014
    Hi Lynda and Jean
    Those names have brought back some memories.I remember Mrs Gaskell and Mrs Cooper who shouted at us when the football went over into her yard from the Tank Back "If that ball comes over my wall again I will put a knife in it" I can still her voice now.
    Jean you will remember Ray Hattons gran and granddad Mr and Mrs Taylor and how they would sit outside their house on a couple o... more >>

  • Re: some more names by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 18-Aug-2014
    Hiya Dave, how are you and Linda? Your post about Mr & Mrs Taylor reminded me about the lovely Dennis Taylor and his wife Shirley, I thought they had 2 children. I have a couple of photos here from 1961, one is outside Ray's Gran's house - me with Ray Hatton and 2 small children. On the back the names say GAIL & STEPHEN. I wonder if they were Dennis & Shirley's children. Gail looks about 2 yrs... more >>

  • Re: some more names by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 19-Aug-2014
    Hi Linda
    Hope you are both well over there we are fine, me at work Linda in Scarborough.
    Yes you are right Dennis and Shirley had the two children, my memory slipping again. Dennis was a black belt in karate and was very fit it was a shock when he died so young.
    Will tell you of some of his exploits at work sometime he was a riot.
    Dave

  • Re: some more names by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 19-Aug-2014
    Good morning folks enjoyed your amusing stories Lynda about the Robert Street haridans All part of the rich tapestry of life No I do not remember Paul Beard's accident we must have been away by then You may well be right about the train fanatic but he was really into it,wheeling arm movement too It was all very "innocent" wasn't it?
    Dave did you live on Robert Street Do either of you remember ol... more >>

  • Re: some more names by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 19-Aug-2014
    Hi there Dave & Jean. When are we meeting again Dave, we didnt really have much time to talk in depth did we. Jean, I cant recall Mrs Webster, did she live close to The Frost family just past the bend on my side - they had maybe 3 sons all older than me. Frank & Brenda (maybe called Slater) lived next door (or 2 away) to the little middle shop. She gave me a sugar butty and my Mum went mad. I... more >>

  • Re: some more names by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 19-Aug-2014
    Dave I forgot to say yes I clearly remember the Taylor's They often brought kitchen chairs and sat on the pavement outside their home watching the goings on they had a good spot there looking down Anthony Street there was something very comforting about them being there almost as if all the kids were their extended family Do you remember any of my cousins the wood's who lived on Anthony Street las... more >>

  • Re: some more names by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 19-Aug-2014
    Hi Jean, I think Dave Wright will agree that his cousin Marguerite Johnson and her parents lived in the last house next to the entry on Anthony Street, nearly at the end near Hoyland St (where Dave lived). Maybe the Woods were there before Marguerite. xx

  • Re: some more names by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 19-Aug-2014
    I remember David Moss very well. I never had a conversation with him and I never saw him interact in any way with any of the other kids.

  • Re: some more names by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 19-Aug-2014
    I remember the MOSS kid, but remember him as being Ian MOSS from The Concrete (Great Jackson Street), but I may have his first name wrong.
    He used to reverse and blow an imaginary whistle if he thought you were behind him and in danger of being shunted off the kerbstone, bless him.
    Does anyone know which school he went to, because I have looked for him on my St Marks' photographs, and he's not t... more >>

  • Re: some more names by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 19-Aug-2014
    David Moss is that boy's name John, I played with both of them in the 50's but mostly his sister Janice (apparently Billy fancied her) - David was a bit quiet. No idea how old he would be and dont know which school either. Hope he's OK.

  • Re: some more names by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 19-Aug-2014
    Hi Lynda, I only ever saw him of The Concrete, when we ventured up there with our "bogie", but he was a very quiet lad and quite immersed in his passion for steam trains, in fact, I never heard him speak at all.
    Wonder where he went?

  • Re: some more names by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 19-Aug-2014
    It is possible then My cousins the Woods too left Gorton for Higher Blackley in 1955 just weeks before us in fact
    We are speaking about the last house on the left looking down Anthony St from Robert St? That was my second home My eldest cousin Alan Woods had homing pigeons he would have been about 16 when they left We used to have great fun with him in the water tank back with his home made bog... more >>

  • Re: some more names by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 19-Aug-2014
    Jean, maybe your friends the Woods, moved out and Marguerite move in then. Yes I do mean the last house on the left after you turn off Robert Street, with the Tank at the rear of the house and next to an entry. Dave Wright will probably know - if not he could always ring Marguerite and solve the query.

  • Re: some more names by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 19-Aug-2014
    Jean
    My cousin Marguerite and her Mum and Dad lived at number 2 Abbotsbury Street which was the one next to the entry. It would have been about 1955 when they moved in I think as my Uncle Brian came out of his National Service. My Aunt Margaret still lives in Gorton. My Gran and Grandad lived at number 16 Abbotsbury Street which was two houses from the entry at the other end of the street. Can y... more >>

  • Re: some more names by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 21-Aug-2014
    Happy Thursday everyone
    Dave it is a small world isn't it my cousins the Wood's will be interested to know that They did indeed live at No 2 They are all still in the M/c area In the minds eye our home stays the same it's hard to imagine it becomes someone else's
    Which street did you live on Dave?

  • Re: some more names by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 21-Aug-2014
    Me again
    sorry Dave I don't remember your grand parents or the Dales but on the other side of your grandparents next to the alley In the deepest recessess of my mind I vaguely remember the mother died and her daughter of 16 tried to get the tenency

  • Re: some more names by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 21-Aug-2014
    Hiya Jean, I posted earlier that Dave lived past his cousin, he was on William St (parallel to Robert St - later named Hoyland St), it was the street that led up to the front of St Marks church.

    Do you recall The Sheriffs on our row? In fact they lived next to us at one time, Stuart, Beryl and a few more kids, they went to St Marks school. I think their Dad had a false leg, Billy will tell you... more >>

  • Re: some more names by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 25-Aug-2014
    hello again Lynda
    yes i do remember Stuart Sheriff He was Asian if I remember rightly quite novel in those days I think he must have had a sinus problem he always had a runny nose! I think he was in my class at St marks

  • Re: some more names by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 25-Aug-2014
    The Sherriffs were Gypsies Jean. You must have been in the same class as my pals John Holmes and Alan (Bunny) Clarke. Do you remember Fudgy Brooks?

  • Re: some more names by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 25-Aug-2014
    I was trying to be polite Billy My memory is of a very dark boy but not black I must be wrong about him being in my class then because John is almost a year younger than me and I did trawl through his class photo's and I'm not on any of them My sisters and I have no photo's of our St Marks days You may recall my earlier message telling you our family was split up when our parents died and all... more >>

  • Re: some more names by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Sep-2014
    Hi Jean,
    There were two families with darker complexions, and a lovely bunch they were too:
    One was the Sherriffs (Stuart was a mate of Billy and Linda's) and they were of gypsy stock.
    The other was the Lawrence/Daniels family, (Jimmy Lawrence/Daniels was in my class at St Marks') and they were a bit of a mixture of surnames.
    Mother Daniels used to keep me topped up with sugar butties, a lovel... more >>

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Phil Orme by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 12-Aug-2014
Are you still monitoring this site mate? I spent two hours with our old pal Johnnie Finn in The Vale Cottage on Saturday. We laughed ourselves sore. He is organising a trip for some Nicholls old boys in September to visit our old form master "Glyn Parry."
He lives in Edale and we are going on the train. Hope you can make it.
Billy Briggs.
  
  • Re: Phil Orme by philip orme (Member 10262543) on 17-Aug-2014
    hi billy.still check the sight usally at weekends.looking forward to meeting you sept 23rd.your a few years older i think. i had two older brothers at nicholls.eric and william {billy].best wishes phil

  • Re: Phil Orme by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 17-Aug-2014
    I have the date as Sun 21 Sept for Mr Parry, Phil. Request you check the date and let me know if I am wrong. I am two years older than Johnie Finn if that helps. Got some great school photo,s to show you and to present to Mr Parry when we meet in Edale in a few weeks.

  • Re: Phil Orme by philip orme (Member 10262543) on 23-Aug-2014
    hi billy sorry about the date.johnie told me over the phone he had probably had to many lemonades,regards phil

  • Re: Phil Orme by philip orme (Member 10262543) on 23-Aug-2014
    hi billy sorry about the date.johnie told me over the phone he had probably had to many lemonades,regards phil

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visiting by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 12-Aug-2014
Hi everybody, will be up M/c way between 14th and 21st of this month. Staying in 'Ducky' but bobbing about a bit. Hoping for an afternoon out in Gorton, its years since I have wandered there so looking forward to that. Will report later on my findings.
Anybody had problems with the latest weather, lots of wind and rain here but have had worse, other parts of Scotland were hammered.
Stay safe out there.
Jim.
  
  • Re: visiting by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 12-Aug-2014
    Bring your tissues, It's a crying shame what they did to OUR GORTON. :(

  • Re: visiting by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 12-Aug-2014
    That's very true JC - it's a disgrace.
    One thing I noticed when I was up there a couple of weeks ago, there are no decent "old fashioned" fish and chip shops, in fact I drove down Reddish Lane as far as Houldsworth Square and could not find a single one.
    I didn't get to Abbey Hey, but Gorton has nothing at all in that line any more.
    Hope Jim has a good look around the old stamping ground - or what's left of it.

  • Re: visiting by david moorhouse (Member 10275329) on 13-Aug-2014
    if you get near Manchester Airport John pop in and have a brew be good to catch up David Moorhouse

  • Re: visiting by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 13-Aug-2014
    Hi Dave, great to hear from you mate.
    I should be up in Manchester in about four weeks, will let you know, and perhaps we could meet and have a brew?
    Cheers Dave, John H.

  • Re: visiting by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 13-Aug-2014
    Hello Jim
    re the weather I live in North East Scotland and yes we were hammered last sunday very heavy rain
    My husband and I have been in Gorton a couple of times in the last year I knew it had changed but it was beyond recognition be prepared

  • Re: visiting by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 21-Aug-2014
    Hello Jean and other Gortonians. Just back today from M/c and suroundings, didn't/couldn't do as much as planned but a few dreary miles around what used to be my childhood world certainly put the 'mockers' on my day! Walked across the old 'rec' after having a look at what was Peacock Street school, tried to imagine where Parker/Palin Street had been, gave up! Felt very sad and frustrated by what i... more >>

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what happened? by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 8-Aug-2014
Hello again I had just completed a message answering all the questions posed and was a fingertip away from posting it when the site went down for days Does this happen often?
Briefly then..yes Lynda I did go to St Marks(Miss Butterworth the head misstress always smelt of TCP remember?) Jeffrey and Paul Beard were our nextdoor neighbours and My maiden name was McLaren
I had two younger sisters ... more >>
  
  • Re: what happened? by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 8-Aug-2014
    Yes I have known it "go down" for a few days at a time about 2/3 days.....and welcome to the group.

  • Re: what happened? by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 8-Aug-2014
    Hi again Jean - wondered if you had given up on this site, yes it sometimes does go off for a few days, I think they spend time "cleaning" it up. Thanks for the memories, you must have left when I was 5 so Im not surprised I cant recall your family. Bill & I went to Thomas St School behind Clowes Street. You recall the Barnes family, they lived either next door to us or the next one up, next to... more >>

  • Re: what happened? by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 8-Aug-2014
    Thank-you for that John I was beginning to think I had been "excommunicated"! Did you go to St Mark's

  • Re: what happened? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 8-Aug-2014
    My kid sister, the sweet little girl used to beat me up. Not sure I found the right Jean on FB But if you click on friends with me I know some sites you may be interested in.

  • Re: what happened? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 8-Aug-2014
    Thinking about what you wrote Jean. The kids did look out for each other on Robert Street. I was in the gang based on the tank back where our dads bookies was and there was no leader, girlies were welcome and the little uns. David McDowell's dog "Bimbo" was a fully paid up, card carrying member of the Tank Back Kids.

  • Re: what happened? by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 9-Aug-2014
    Sorry Jean, I had nowt to do with that lot of scallies " The bash street kids ( The Tank Back lot )I am a blow - in from another planet and was never allowed to mix with West Gortoners, haha.
    John C.

  • Re: what happened? by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 12-Aug-2014
    Morning Jean, hope you are enjoying the site, and yes, it does go down sometimes, I spent all yesterday trying to get on it, but it looks to be OK now.
    You mentioned Mrs Butterworth at St Marks' - I have a class photograph from the 1950's where she is on the end, and if you ever do go onto FB (and a site such as Gorton M18) you will find most of the gang here on there, and some of the photographs... more >>

  • Re: what happened? by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 13-Aug-2014
    Hello Jean, you mentioned the Birdicans earlier. Mum remembers the Birdican girls (she recalls Ethel) and Leslie Howden, who was their half-brother or step-brother. Do those names ring a bell Jean??

  • Re: what happened? by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 13-Aug-2014
    greetings
    Lynda of the birdicans I think one of the girls was Lucy and Les I think was a Birdican all older than me but my sister Renee remembers them Is Your Mama sill alive I vaguely remember her as being a very pretty lady
    John H I have posted on facebook(Jean McLaren Young) the only Photo I have of our Gorton days its of my eldest sisters wedding I thought Susan's surname was Blockley? I hav... more >>

  • Re: what happened? by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 14-Aug-2014
    Hiya Jean, thanks for your lovely words about our Mum, yes she is still alive and 91 years old living in Bispham near Blackpool. She was tall, slim and pretty, still the same now bless her, but shrunk a few inches over the years...... She's on my facebook page photo, its a bonnie baby competition, (I'm No.84 by the way). If you recall the McMunn family from the corner shop, we met up with Tony e... more >>

  • Re: what happened? by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 19-Aug-2014
    Hi Jean, yes I remember the head passing the windows at Christmas time, I always wondered who it was?
    You mentioned the surname Blockley, did you know of a Tony Blockley at all, lived on Hyde Road in those Police Houises right opposite Debdale Lane, in the early 1970's?

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