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RAG-BONE.......... by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 24-Jan-2016
Weve been talking about the Rag-bone man who used to come round with his cart, our guy was Tommy Speed, he lived/worked just off Clowes St/William St behind the Club. He'd shout "Bone - Rag-Bone" and you could swap your old clothes/linen for Donkey Stones, Bow & Arrow, Goldfish, Kindling, or a Balloon. Anyone remember him ???   
  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 25-Jan-2016
    Well, it seems I got some of this tale wrong. After speaking with Mum & Bill, OUR Rag&Bone man was Charlie Millward, he would leave his handcart at the end of the entry and come down to put a bet on with Dad - illegal bet of course pre 1961. This was Robert Street, West Gorton of course.

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 26-Jan-2016
    Hi Linda. Did your Rag-Bone man have a horse drawn cart? The one that used to come around the Parker Street/Church Lane area did! The Pigswill man was another regular as well, his waggon was also pulled by a horse, it was covered in dustbins to put the swill into, he used to give out Donkey Stones every every now and then.
    Of course pig swill collecting has not been allowed for years, hence our p... more >>

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 27-Jan-2016
    I remember the rag bone man's call too My favourite treat was a wooden whip and top The top was round with a flat top had a pointed metal bit at the bottom which we would push between the slabs of the pavement then wrapping the leather strip attached to the whip around the top would pull the the whip sharply sending the top into a spin Then when we decorated the flat top it made a Kaleidoscop... more >>

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 27-Jan-2016
    The Bones literally were Bones Jean. Rags, Bones and Scrap Metal were the preference of the Rag&Bone Man. Jim, I dont recall our man having a horse, just a hand-cart. BUT the milkman who delivered to McMunns corner shop (opposite Jean's house) arrived on a horse-drawn cart in the 50's. We have a fabulous photo sent from Tony McMunn, he is sitting atop the cart hanging on to the reigns, aged abo... more >>

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 29-Jan-2016
    The bones were taken to workshops where they were boiled down into a thick gloop which was used as an adhesive in the carpentery trade. The Mosquito fighter bomber of WW2 was held together with this stuff and they called it the wooden wonder and any schoolboy from the sixties will tell you what a terrible pong woodwork classes had.

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 1-Feb-2016
    Quite right Billy, I still remember the glue smell from woodwork lessons at Varna Street in the '50s'. That smell also followed me into my working years as well. 'Glue size' was an everyday item in the Painting Trade, half pound packet of the stuff ( just like brown granulated sugar) mixed with boiling water and left overnight till it set. Cut off a lump and mix with hot water and you had a bucket... more >>

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 1-Feb-2016
    Being at Sacred Heart we had to walk to Stanley Grove school for woodwork in the late fifties. That glue smell stays with you for life
    i can still smell it.
    I was at Gorton Cemetery yesterday (Sunday) and was sad to look across the old filled in canal and see that the Pomona pub has been demolished.

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 1-Feb-2016
    I think smelly bone glue is still in limited use in specialised trades such as antique furniture and musical instrument repair, to maintain authenticity.

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 1-Feb-2016
    One of the few advantages of bone glue is that by applying gentle heat, the glue melts allowing old carpentry joints in antiques to be separated and damaged sections replaced as the old craftsmen made them thus maintaining originality.

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Fueds...! by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 16-Jan-2016
As we look back on our Gorton memories ( mainly through Rose Tinted Glasses!?),I wonder how many remember the 'Fueds' that were apt to break out over what we would now consider trivial things!
There were several individuals in the Parker St.,Bryson Grove and Hampden Grove area who had 'run ins'( no names, no pack drill!) about such remarks as, 'her windows are dirty' or 'those steps haven't been ... more >>
  
  • Re: Fueds...! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 21-Jan-2016
    hello Jim Hello all
    I'm sorry that I can't contribute to your "feuds post" My memories of earliest days were evidently viewed through"rose coloured specs" I can only remember living in a very protected extended family environment There were some very notable eccentrics who lived close by not least Mrs Gaskill next door but one to us who thought she owned the pavement in front of her house and us... more >>

  • Re: Fueds...! by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 21-Jan-2016
    I remember Mrs Gaskill and her broom and another angry old lady called Mrs cooper who lived two or three doors from us near the bend in Robert Street. Hated kids and thought they owned the street.

  • Re: Fueds...! by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 21-Jan-2016
    Hi Jean, its a wild day here today! Pat and I are also working our way through the post Christmas 'debris'!
    Not as isolated as you might think here, have a neighbour opposite us (ex Yorkshire!) and another one soon to move in next to them. There are a few houses spaced out along our tiny road, ten minutes can see us in Tesco carpark, that's just the other side of town. All our space is behind our... more >>

  • Re: Fueds...! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 23-Jan-2016
    Hello Jean, had to reply re old Mrs Gaskill. She lived almost opposite McMunns shop didnt she. Yes you're right, you could hardly walk past her door without her coming out and shooing you away. One occasion we (probably purposely) made a racket outside her house, she came out and chucked a bucket of water over us. Shocking old biddy she was.

  • Re: Fueds...! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 24-Jan-2016
    Hello Jim Lynda and all
    I looked at the map Jim and I see that you have neighbours right enough but with plenty of space between You could shout and swear and no one would hear you!! Nice part of the country though
    Yes Lynda Mrs Gaskell had nothing better to do but wait for someone to trespass It was probably her only entertainment! A few years later and she would probably have been out to bi... more >>

  • Re: Fueds...! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 24-Jan-2016
    Hi Jean, re: old-fashioned sweets. I forgot to mention theres a lovely little sweet shop called Sweet Reunion on Vine St, off Ashton Old Road, sells all the old sweets, and if shes not got them, she'll get them. I called in there on the way to my school reunion and bought bags and bags of all kinds of things that everyone appreciated and scoffed. Spanish laces, cherry lips, midget gems, flying s... more >>

  • Re: Fueds...! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 24-Jan-2016
    Hi Jim, hope you're not too cold & lonely up there. Met an old Gorton school friend recently who moved with his young family up to The Shetland Isles many years ago while working in the Oil Industry, and stayed for quite some time. They were lonely at first but when the locals realised his wife was a scot and her parents were already in the Shetlands, they fitted in quite well. Theyre back near Lancaster now.

  • Re: Fueds...! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 25-Jan-2016
    for Jean:- Hi, Mum's asking what your name was when you lived in Robert St, and did u live next door to Mrs Gaskill. Are you related to the Burdicans or Taylors from your side of the street.

  • Re: Fueds...! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 25-Jan-2016
    I did say right at the beginning Lynda my mother was married twice Her first husband was Merton then she married my father My maiden name was McLaren My mother would have been there a good bit earlier than your family I think as my eldest sister was born in 1936 We lived next door to the beards

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Gorton in the Nineteen-Twenties......... by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 29-Dec-2015
Hi Folks, hope you all had a great Christmas.
I'm wondering if anybody out there has a copy of a booklet titled 'Childhood Memories of Gorton in the Nineteen-Twenties', written by Harry Chadwick.
I have a copy. It was published in 1994 by Neil Richardson (?) and carries the following code :-
ISBN 1 85216 096 9.
Its well worth a read if you can get hold of a copy, lots of photos, many of which ... more >>
  
  • Re: Gorton in the Nineteen-Twenties......... by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 29-Dec-2015
    Hi Jim, thats sounds good. Its before my time but is of the time of my parents and their families. i'll see if i can track it down.

  • Re: Gorton in the Nineteen-Twenties......... by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 31-Dec-2015
    Hello Jim
    I tried without success using the ISBN number online Perhaps because it is a Booklet? I'll have another go sometime
    Wishing you a Happy Healthy 2016
    Jean

  • Re: Gorton in the Nineteen-Twenties......... by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 2-Jan-2016
    Hi Jean, trust that your Festive Season went well?
    Do hope you manage to track down that Gorton booklet, its a good read.
    Its a wild day here, a really rough sea is running and there is spray coming up and over the cliffs, that's a good 120 feet! The winds have shredded our little plastic covered greenhouse, will use the plastic sheet to re-cover the coldframe top which blew off in the last stor... more >>

  • Re: Gorton in the Nineteen-Twenties......... by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 3-Jan-2016
    Waterstones are the ones showing it as being in stock.

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Pat o'neil by Gary morris (Member 10236122) on 20-Dec-2015
Hello.
Just thought i would re post this message from a few years ago.I am trying to trace Patricia (Pat) o'Neil from the Gorton area.I worked with Pat at Cee n Cee Sulermarket in the late 70's.She worked on the butchers counter there.She had a brother called Patrick & i believe they lived with their father.They had a cappucin monkey as a pet.Pat had short,wavy red hair & liked a cigarette!! If a... more >>
  
  • Re: Pat o'neil by Gary morris (Member 10236122) on 20-Dec-2015
    In addition,Pat lived either around the Hengist St area or off Chapman st.For those who dont know,Cee n Cee supermarket was on Reddish Lane & became Kwik save.
    Regards.

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ITS BACK !! by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 11-Dec-2015
This has been missing for weeks, nothing has changed.
Did anybody notice it wasn't there ?.
  
  • Re: ITS BACK !! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 20-Dec-2015
    hello Dave
    Hello evryone
    I had given up on this site thinking that perhaps it wasn't really for me but something keeps drawing me back could it b roots do you think

  • Re: ITS BACK !! by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 20-Dec-2015
    Hi Jean and one and all. Does anybody know what happened? Whatever, its good that its back.
    Jean, how did you trip go?
    What strange weather, here we are on 20th. Dec. and we have clear blue skies and sunshine, a strong breeze and its mild outside. We have lupins in the garden about to bloom for the second time this year, if this is the promised 'harsh' winter, I'm all for it. Any more unusual ga... more >>

  • Re: ITS BACK !! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 20-Dec-2015
    Hi Jim
    I too have just had a wander round the garden and discovered lupins about to bloom polyanthus in full bloom and a good few buds on the rose bushes But then it has been mild
    I had three trips to M/c this year so I've had my "fix" Weather unfortunately was wet and cold!
    Hope you and your wife have a Happy time at Christmas Jim
    Jean

  • Re: ITS BACK !! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 22-Dec-2015
    Hi all, yes Ive been checking this page too and thought it was gone forever. Well maybe we can get back with some old tales now. About the weather Jim & Jean, Im in Cumbria and though we had loads of rain - as you will know with the floods - I planted garlic early November and they're shooting up already even though they wont be ready till June/July. So I took advantage of the warmer days and ha... more >>

  • Re: ITS BACK !! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 22-Dec-2015
    Hello Lynda Hope the flooding didn't affect you
    The weather has been strange and the garden is where you often see the effects but glad to hear about your garlic success Hang in there its good for you!!!
    I hope you have a Happy Peaceful Christmas
    Jean x

  • Re: ITS BACK !! by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 23-Dec-2015
    Jean and Lynda, Hi!Trust that you are all ready for the Festive activities, noted today that the floods are causing problems in Cumbria once more hope you are not neat that lot Lynda? I have tried to grow garlic several times without success, you must have the secret touch, perhaps my location has something to do with it. We are very open and exposed, salt from the sea is carried our way, it cover... more >>

  • Re: ITS BACK !! by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 23-Dec-2015
    Jim. I have added you to our poems site on facebook. All you have to do is accept. "Poems and Ditties About Gorton and other things"

  • Re: ITS BACK !! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 23-Dec-2015
    Hi Jim, firstly, I bought the garlic bulbs from a garden centre, not the supermarket.Those ones have some suppressant added to stop them getting too big. I bought a pack of Thermidrome Garlics and followed instruction online, and used my fab compost - I pulled around 12 cloves from each bulb. This is the 1st time Ive used proper bulbs, the supermarket ones didnt grow at all last year. Its reasona... more >>

  • Re: ITS BACK !! by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 24-Dec-2015
    Lynda and Billy, many thanks for the info. I will certainly follow up on it .
    You and yours have a great Christmas. J.

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All gone by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 10-Oct-2015
Just looked at this site for the first time in a while. It looks like everybody has "Facebooked off". I suppose it is a better site to
be on for this kind of thing as this one has only text to get your views accross, and not pictures etc. I wonder if Facebook has more
contributors than this one as it was only a small number. However i will continue to look in from time to time .
  
  • Re: All gone by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 20-Oct-2015
    True, I'm guilty of forgetting to look on here Dave, Gorton Facebook and other Manchester sites entice you with old photos and tales from the old days. There are dozens of pics posted daily, you just get drawn in. And maybe we've already covered stories from our past. Would be a shame if this failed, it started me off looking at old Gorton tales so I wish it luck and hope it flourishes. Lx

  • Re: All gone by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Oct-2015
    I agree Dave and I owe this site a lot with old friends rediscovered and new friends made but if you scroll down this once thriving site you will see that there are probably only 10 regular posters in the last couple of years and that is not enough to sustain it. Makes me sad.

  • Re: All gone by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 25-Oct-2015
    Hi Guys, of course, you are quite right but what can we do to keep this site going? Basically, its a 'Gorton Memories' site but the Gorton of 'our; memories is long gone and, if we are to be honest the present Gorton hasn't got much going for it!!
    But, whilst Old Gortonians from our era are still existing there must be other memories in the old grey cells that don't include Gorton !? Lets dig de... more >>

  • Re: All gone by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 25-Oct-2015

    I joined the cubs at 298 Havelock scout hut on Clowes Street West Gorton and when I got my neckerchief and woggle and had learnt how to dib dib dib properly I was invited onto a church parade. We gathered on Clowes Street outside St Marks Church and lined up in three files behind an enormous banner.

    Then came the band and the boy scouts followed by the cubs and the girl guides and brownies br... more >>

  • Re: All gone by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 25-Oct-2015

    Once upon a time in England.s green and pleasant land
    The boy scouts and the girl guides used to march behind the band
    The cub scouts and the brownies followed closely in their trail
    And all the dads outside the pubs were drinking pint... more >>

  • Re: All gone by Robert (Bob) Moore (Member 10099906) on 18-Dec-2015
    I am another member who has not visited for yonks, I started a poetry page on Facebook with Billy Briggs, dedicated to poems, so we could keep them all together, it started out being a page for the Gorton Poems (with a Gorton accent) which Billy does so well, but being away from Gorton for over 50 years I found it a bit difficult to do that, so the group name became "Poems and Ditties about Gorton... more >>

  • Re: All gone by dave hodkinson (Member 10266434) on 26-Feb-2016
    That poem was brill! brings back the basics of life how it was, clean simple not trying to keep up the jones's. excellant

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The New Clowes Street by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 15-Sep-2015
Has anybody taken a trip down what used to be Clowes Street in the 1950's lately?
I took another trip some weeks ago and was surprised to see that the first of the third-generation houses are already built on what used to be Thomas Street, opposite Holden and Brookes' old factory, and new side roads are being laid.
One thing that sort of pleased me was seeing what appears to be a 'new, Clowes St... more >>
  
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Tall Hat Band by Annette Archer-Whitmarsh (Member 10301462) on 1-Sep-2015
I wonder if anybody can help me? I am looking for information about the Failsworth Tall Hat Band that was around (I think) in the late 1800's/early 1900. My Great Grandfather was reported to be a prominent musician who was associated with that band and other bands in Openshaw, Bradford, the Central Hall (Manchester,) and The Salvation Army. His name was Robert Beddall. Any information would be mos... more >>   
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JH ..re: Ancestry. by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 9-Aug-2015
Hi John, only just come upon your post of 27th.July., many thanks for the info. Been busy with visitors. Plan is to sign up with Ancestry in late Sept., will probably use their 'free' two week trial first then go for it. Already have some documentation and certificates plus some war and, in my Fathers case, police service records. The latter is something you would find interesting and very funny!!... more >>   
  • Re: JH ..re: Ancestry. by Ken Frost (Member 10254048) on 10-Aug-2015
    Jim
    there are several ways to get information on your family tree.
    Family search is a free website linked to Ancestry
    Free BMD will give you marriage details if you can remember dates.
    look for census from 1841 to 1911 these will give you complete household mum dad and kids.
    It is very interesting but you have to verify each member the last resort is to purchase certificates... more >>

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chilhood toys. by Frank Ravlen (Member 10276433) on 28-Jul-2015
When talking of childhood times, apart from us all having a cycle or light rubber tyre to run around with I remember 2 things I really enjoyed in the late 40s. One was a tinplate boat with crude boiler you poured water into via one of the outlet pipes, put a candle end under it and after a few seconds it would shoot off across the water!!
The second is something that none of my friends can ever r... more >>
  
  • Re: chilhood toys. by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 28-Jul-2015
    I remember those little silver boats Frank but in the 50s they were powered by a white tablet, a bit like an Alka Seltzer which burnt more fiercely than a candle and I still remember the smell. We got them from Lewis,s toy dept on the third floor.

  • Re: chilhood toys. by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 29-Jul-2015
    Hi folks, never had one of those tin ships but I remember them clearly. Did inherit what was left of a huge Meccano set, all sorts of metal strips and plates plus thousands (seemed like it!) of tiny nut and bolts, tiny spanners as well. Given the space and a few pieces of wood we could build stuff for hours and dream of a train set that might come sometime in the future. 'Dinkies' from Donaldsons ... more >>

  • Re: chilhood toys. by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 29-Jul-2015
    I too was into all the meccano i could get which wasn't much as money was tight. I used to drool over the Dinkies and later the
    Matchbox series of cars etc. Only when i got a paper round could i buy my own. Wish i had them now, they are very popular on the
    auction shows on the telly.
    Bought my first proper bike from Donaldsons after i started work, my mam forged my dads signature so i could h... more >>

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The Smith Family by Terry (Member 10300522) on 21-Jul-2015
Hello to you all out there
Hoping someone can help me please
i'm really struggling to find any sons or daughters of John And Vera Smith who lived at 52 Sutton road Gorton
I believe they were quite a large family
Does anyone remember them and if so are any of them still in ... more >>
  
  • Re: The Smith Family by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Jul-2015
    Sorry Terry, can't help on this, but good luck.

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Beswick Cooperative Wholesale Society by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 7-Jul-2015
The Beswick Cooperative Wholesale Society

They had at least one in most districts, when I was a lad,
And everybody shopped there once a week,
They welcomed all their customers, the good, the broke and bad,
And everybody took the time... more >>
  
  • Re: Beswick Cooperative Wholesale Society by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 7-Jul-2015
    Memories of my childhood.

  • Re: Beswick Cooperative Wholesale Society by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 7-Jul-2015
    May I have your permission John to post this poem on the Gorton poems and ditties site on Facebook?
    Many people of a certain age would relate to it and read it with pleasure.

  • Re: Beswick Cooperative Wholesale Society by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 8-Jul-2015
    Bill,
    With pleasure mate, go ahead.
    Take care buddy.

  • Re: Beswick Cooperative Wholesale Society by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 8-Jul-2015
    Thanks John.

  • Re: Beswick Cooperative Wholesale Society by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 22-Jul-2015
    Great poem John - I have the same memories of the same shop (next door to you). Mum (Mrs B) was talking about the times we went to the Co-op near St Marks, recalling the lovely chunks of butter with lines on from the Butter Patter, the gorgeous Crumbly Lancashire cheese and the tasty Cheddar. Mum said the currants & raisins came in coloured bags too, blue and purple. I remember a very clean shop, ... more >>

  • Re: Beswick Cooperative Wholesale Society by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Jul-2015
    Hi Lynda,
    Glad you remembered the co-op near where I was born.
    The grocers (No.130) was right on the end of our block adjacent to William Street and then the butchers (No.128) was next to that, then our house, a converted Tripe Shop (No.126)was next to the butchers and next door was the first real terraced house (No.124) my grandparent's house, where I was actually born.
    The manager of the co-o... more >>

  • Re: Beswick Cooperative Wholesale Society by Vince Corbett (Member 10301123) on 31-Jul-2015
    Gawd.. your going back some !! I remember from back in 1960 (and before) the 'Coop' on Peacock Street over the road from the school and as a lad of 14 years of age I worked there on Saturday morning's for a while delivering groceries in cardboard boxes on an old bone shaker bike, (besides my morning and night paper round delivering the Chronicle (Chron) and Evening New, plus the Gorton & Openshaw ... more >>

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relatives. by louise (Member 10259968) on 4-Jul-2015
Hi this a long shot does anyone remember Val Brooks, Hilary Brooks, Lynda Brooks, Dave Brooks from Parkdale Rd Gorton? Moved some where else in Gorton. I think Val now lives in Longsite. Hilary and Val went to sacred heart.
Kind Regards
Louise B
  
  • Re: relatives. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Jul-2015
    Sorry Louise, can't help on this, but good luck.

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Reflections on a West Gorton Childhood by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 1-Jul-2015
Reflections on a Childhood in West Gorton, Manchester 12.

It disappeared quite quickly, did my old West Gorton home,
That happy playground shared with all my mates,
I go and stand and stare at what is left of where we’d roam,
Those putrid damp back entries filled with... more >>
  
  • Re: Reflections on a West Gorton Childhood by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 2-Jul-2015

    All the houses in West Gorton
    Had an outside bog
    A lovely place to have a wee
    Or even drop a log
    With squares of cut up... more >>

  • Re: Reflections on a West Gorton Childhood by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 2-Jul-2015
    John that was brilliant, and touching too, cheers. Bill, Ive seen that one before - clever lads.

  • Re: Reflections on a West Gorton Childhood by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Jul-2015
    Thanks Lynda, x.

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The Smith Family by Terry (Member 10300522) on 23-Jun-2015
I'm still hopeful that someone out there can help me

does anyone remember the Smith family who lived at 52 Sutton road , they were quite a large family
4 guys and 3 girls I think

anything... more >>
  
  • Re: The Smith Family by Tracey1965 (Member 10300192) on 23-Jun-2015
    Sorry but I can't seem to post on here please help.

  • Re: The Smith Family by Terry (Member 10300522) on 24-Jun-2015
    Hello Tracey
    can you please try again as I think there was a problem yesterday as I struggled to post as well
    Thanks
    Terry

  • Re: The Smith Family by Terry (Member 10300522) on 29-Jun-2015
    To Tracey 1965

    Can you help my regarding the members of the Smith Family
    are any of them still in the area ?

    Eagerly awaiting ... more >>

  • Re: The Smith Family by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Jul-2015
    Sorry Terry, can't help on this, but good luck.

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another M/c visit by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 12-Jun-2015
Hi Jim
We are off to M/c again on Wed for a few days and then at the end of next month we will be stopping off there on our way home from a wedding in the south The grandchildren want to see the old place so it's a good oportunity to spend some time with them I'll love showing them about
Hope you have been enjoying the warm weather
kind regards Jean

  
  • Re: another M/c visit by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 13-Jun-2015
    Hello there Jean, really good to hear from you again. We trust that you and yours are well, just as we are here! Yes, we really enjoyed the glorious weather of late, we even sat out for breakfast one morning! Sad to say its a lot different today, dull and rainy, cold as well, have even fired up the log burner!
    We do hope that your next trip to M/c is drier than your last and its good to hear that... more >>

  • Re: another M/c visit by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 14-Jun-2015
    Hello again Jim
    You may well know that Balquidder in the trossachs is the seat of the MacLaren's (note the different spelling again) If you have not decided where you will stop on your break you could do a lot worse than stop off there, that is of course if you are driving Personally I think it is a heavenly place to visit There is a stone to the left of the ruined church (there are two churche... more >>

  • Re: another M/c visit by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 15-Jun-2015
    Hello again Jean. Thank you for the info. Yes we did know about the site you mentioned as we have done a bit of research into the McClaren clan, I hope to do a great deal more in the future. The big mystery for me is how the name came to me !
    This autumn we are signing up to Ancestry for a 12 month period, hopefully we can then get to the bottom of this puzzle. My father was not a Scot but may ha... more >>

  • Re: another M/c visit by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 15-Jun-2015
    Thanks Jim
    Bye for now
    Jean

  • Re: another M/c visit by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 12-Jul-2015
    Hi Jean and Yours, Hope the M/c trip went well, I and all the others would love to hear all about it when you are well and truly home again!
    Keep in touch, regards from Jim,Pat and Gorton !!!

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'That Gorton Lad!' by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 9-Jun-2015
John, only just read your 'Gorton Lad was There' post. Absolutely great ! At the risk of repeating myself --- 'how do you do it?'. I have tried but nothing flows as it should. You and Billy should be able to pass on some words of wisdom on this topic !!
Whilst on the subject of 'That Gorton Lad', does anybody out there, know of or even remember a lad by the name of Roy Hobson. His family lived on... more >>
  
  • Re: 'That Gorton Lad!' by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 10-Jun-2015
    Thank you Jim.
    I sometimes have too much spare time on my hands sitting at my desk at work.
    Thinking these things up prevents those embarassing "he's asleep at his desk" moments.
    Cheers mate.

  • Re: 'That Gorton Lad!' by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 10-Jun-2015

    When I was a tiddler in West Gorton my gran gave me a book of illustrated monologues from Marriott Edgar who I thought was two people. I read and reread these funny clever poems and committed many to memory. He took Historical facts and presented them with a Lancashire dialect and yet he was a Scot. My stuff is just a second hand version of the masters work.

    Marriott, Edgar was born 5th Octob... more >>

  • Re: 'That Gorton Lad!' by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 10-Jun-2015
    I suppose Jim this means that if you want to write a bit of poetry you have to read a lot of it.

  • Re: 'That Gorton Lad!' by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 10-Jun-2015
    John and Billy, many thanks for your replies, I remain in awe of your poetic talents, I really do!
    Actually I do read a lot, probably not the right stuff to fire up poetic feelings but I shall give it a go in the not too distant future! Most of my time is spent outside looking after the veggies etc. Rainy days find me working on a few volumes for our G/Kids and their Kids, the subject being the l... more >>

  • Re: 'That Gorton Lad!' by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Jul-2015
    Hi Jim,
    If you need any support at all with the Ancestry project, please let me know.
    My advice always starts the same way, gather as much information you can before you start, from sources that are "still alive".
    I wish I had done this, but I had no birth, marriage or death certificates to start me off.
    I should have asked living relatives more than I did, especially about dates.
    Keep a good... more >>

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Remember That A Gorton Lad Was There by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 9-Jun-2015
Mount Everest (unconquered) beat all-comers year on year,
Its wind and ice and snow had killed them all,
Now everyone was looking for a man who held no fear,
Of climbing up its steep and frozen wall.

Up stepped a tough New Zealand lad who might just d... more >>
  
  • Re: Remember That A Gorton Lad Was There by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 9-Jun-2015
    SORRY EVERONE, HERE'S THE ENDING BIT -

    “United are at home weekend, there’s Holland’s pies for tea,
    You plant your flag, and take a photo too,
    I’m due back at me mam’s tonight, your secret’s safe with me,
    I’ll just jog on, I’m bursting for t... more >>

  • Re: Remember That A Gorton Lad Was There by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 9-Jun-2015
    Brill

  • Re: Remember That A Gorton Lad Was There by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 11-Jun-2015
    Another smasher John xxxx

  • Re: Remember That A Gorton Lad Was There by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Jul-2015
    Thanks Lynda, x.

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The Smith family by Terry (Member 10300522) on 29-May-2015
does anyone remember the smith family who lived in Sutton street gorton
I,m trying to trace any of the children of John & Vera smith thier children being keith,paul,allan,beverley Lesley and janet who will all now be in there 50's to 60,s
Thank You
  
  • Re: The Smith family by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 29-May-2015
    Hi Terry,
    Do you mean Sutton Rd Gorton or Sutton St West Gorton? I lived in Sutton St West Gorton for many years until 1965 and there was no family there of that name.

  • Re: The Smith family by Terry (Member 10300522) on 30-May-2015
    Thanks Kate
    It was number 52 Sutton road
    John and Vera married in West Gorton
    Thanks for your reply hopefully someone outhere can help

  • Re: The Smith family by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Jul-2015
    Sorry Terry, can't help on this, but good luck.

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Guy Fawkes - He Was a Gorton Lad by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-May-2015
Guy Fawkes, he was a Gorton lad, born just off old Far Lane,
He went to school at Ryder Brow as well,
Always disruptive in his class, he often got the cane,
It made him quite a hard-case, I hear tell.

His Mam and Dad were trying hard, to bring him up j... more >>
  
  • Re: Guy Fawkes - He Was a Gorton Lad by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 27-May-2015
    Nice one John, do not know how you do it! Whatever it is keep it going .
    Weather here is absolutely dismal, dull and grey plus a cold wind to add some spice!
    For nature lovers, please note, Killer Whales have recently been seen and photographed passing just off the coast, a matter of 300 metres from our front door, missed them, missed the last Northern Lights as well, must be going to bed too ea... more >>

  • Re: Guy Fawkes - He Was a Gorton Lad by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 27-May-2015
    Good one John. You have missed your true vocation.

  • Re: Guy Fawkes - He Was a Gorton Lad by Irene ( Dunn ) Truman (Member 10023158) on 31-May-2015
    John, great poem.. Thanks for sharing!

  • Re: Guy Fawkes - He Was a Gorton Lad by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Jul-2015
    Thanks Bill and Irene, John.

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