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Easter by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 17-Apr-2014
What did you do at easter as a kid ?. Our easter was pretty much the same as any other weekend, on occasion we got some chocolate
eggs but i don't remember it being every year. These days its moved on to a roast turkey lunch ( where did that come from ? ).
I recall we went to Daisy Nook fair as a treat once, and another time to Belle Vue but that was about it .
I don't have any religious pers... more >>
  
  • Re: Easter by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 17-Apr-2014
    I remember going to the fish shop Friday morning for fresh fish, Good Friday was the only Friday of the year that my mother insisted we had fish and no meat, we were not Catholics but it was a rule that was never broken, I never understood why. Her word was law and that was enough, but I still find it strange.Sylvia x

  • Re: Easter by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Apr-2014
    Looked forward to Easter time every year because it was my Birthday, but in my younger days everyone was hard up and I very often had to share a card between my twin and me, oh well I,m a sharer these days, so it did me some good, especially as my other sister has a birthday the day after mine, so no guesses as to who has an expensive time giving on their birthday these days

  • Re: Easter by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 18-Apr-2014
    Have a Peaceful and Happy Easter to all.

  • Re: Easter by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 22-Apr-2014
    Easter on Clowes Street meant a single Easter Egg apiece for me and our kid, usually filled with Smarties in a little plastic bag.
    Mother was brought up a Catholic and Dad a Protestant, and though Mother always wanted us to eat fish on Good Friday, we finished up with Dad's favourite - Cowboy's Dinner - bacon, beans fried bread and Dandelion and Burdock.

  • Re: Easter by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 23-Apr-2014
    I think we were a bit spoilt, we had many Easter eggs from Aunties, Grans, and Dads mates, lined up on a cupboard, we'd eat them for breakfast just to get thru them. Poor you John, you should have popped round our for a share of em. And we always went for fresh fish on Good Friday (usually plaice), to a corner fishmonger shop on Hyde Road near Margaret Street, cant recall the name of it just now. Mary will know it.

  • Re: Easter by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 23-Apr-2014
    Len Chaplo Lynda on Savoy Street corner (Think I've spelt his name wrong though ) xx

  • Re: Easter by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 23-Apr-2014
    Thats it Mary - Chappelows Fishmongers, thanks.

  • Re: Easter by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 23-Apr-2014
    I was really out with my spelling, and knew he wasn't Italian, like I made him sound x

  • Re: Easter by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 23-Apr-2014
    Mary, I recently saw a photo of Chappelows on Manchester Images, I think thats where I saw it. Thats when I recalled the 'Fish on Friday' routine.

  • Re: Easter by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 24-Apr-2014
    Does anyone remember whit week,one of the few times of year when you had a full outfit of new clothes,and you used to go and show your close neighbours how nice you looked, and if you were lucky they gave you a penny, which they almost certainly did,then you were either in the whit walks or you went and watched them.they were such innocent days.sylvia x

  • Re: Easter by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 25-Apr-2014
    Are you on Facebook Sylvia? Weve been chatting about Whit Week and putting our photos on Facebook 'Gorton M18' - had a real laugh, little boys looking like small men and the lasses looking like brides.

  • Re: Easter by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 25-Apr-2014
    Hi Lynda, no I am not on Facebook, and have no idea how to join, I am not really very computer literate, and just stumble along on knowhere. My daughter is coming in June, so I will ask her to assist me with quite a lot of things I have not got to grips with yet.Sylvia x

  • Re: Easter by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 3-May-2014
    Hi ,Sylvia,how are you still waiting for that letter you promised me,did Ken Frost go to Old hall Drive School ?

  • Re: Easter by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 3-May-2014
    Hi Lou, I have not forgotten you, I promise I will write next week,I don't know if ken frost went to old hall drive, I did not know him, but I think he is younger than us.are you going to the reunion at the Nelson , I would love to go but it's a bit too far to go for a day out, if you do go take some photos, and send them to me, love Sylvia xx

  • Re: Easter by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 4-May-2014
    No i will try to make it to the reunions one day,but not going to this one.xx

  • Re: Easter by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 12-May-2014
    When is the reunion for Peacock street school and is it at The Lord Nelson :-)

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Anyone out there? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 11-Apr-2014
Hate to see this happening to this wonderful site. Say hello or tell me to piss off but silence is not golden on here.
Your pal billy.
  
  • Re: Anyone out there? by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 11-Apr-2014
    Hi Bill, just a quick hello before early night, have been DIY'ing all day and didn't sleep well last night, so getting my head down.
    Have a great weekend mate, give my best to Mrs B if you get the chance?
    Cheers Buddy.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 11-Apr-2014
    Feeling your age eh John. I will be with Mummy B tomorrow and will give her your regards. Cheers.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Anne Irving (Member 10289876) on 12-Apr-2014
    Hi Bill. It is a shame that this site seems to be losing out to Gorton M18. Please come back to this site everyone. I know you can post photos on M18, buts that's not everything. The chat's better on here.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 12-Apr-2014
    Hello there billy, I certainly won't tell you to piss off, I enjoy your banter too much to do that,but sometimes I get a bit stuck to find something interesting to say, anyway here goes.in Spain Easter is a much more important celebration than Christmas, there are fiestas everywhere, but to be honest it's a bit of a pain in the arse, because all the shops are closed and each fiesta has it's own me... more >>

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 12-Apr-2014
    Hi everyone, just thought I'de say it , to keep the messages flowing, and it's my birthday to day , so I'm off for a nice meal, and not feeling so lonely x

  • Re: Anyone out there? by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 12-Apr-2014
    Best wishes to you on this special day, enjoy it and may you have many more.x

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Ken Frost (Member 10254048) on 12-Apr-2014
    was it something I said, been reading the same things over the past two weeks. It gets lonely in Spain with no proper people to talk to
    Ken frost

  • Re: Anyone out there? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 12-Apr-2014
    Happy birthday Mary. Raise a glass for me.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 12-Apr-2014
    Today I met an old pal from West Gorton. His name is Tony McMunn and and we grew up together. We were in the same class at Tomas Street School and we had many adventures. Then when we were 13-14 they emigrated to Blackpool and that was the end of that. His mum and dad ran the corner shop on Robert Street and Tony was one of the original tank back kids.
    Our next mission is a pilgrimage to the tank... more >>

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 12-Apr-2014
    Mary, are you o.k you were feeling a bit under the weather,I am really missing your beautiful poetry, and your chat, let us know if you are alright .love Sylvia.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 12-Apr-2014
    Sorry Mary, I missed all the replies , put it downtown old age! Happy birthday sylvia

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Apr-2014
    Thanks everyone for birthday messages to me, here and on FB hope everyone has a nice Summer, I'm looking forward to a week in Lanzarote in May x

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 13-Apr-2014
    Lovely to hear you are ok Mary, the weather where I live is beautiful at the moment, it would do Alan's arthritis a world of good, but while you are looking forward to a week in lanzarote, I can't wait for my two weeks in Prestatyn, for a bit of rain and cool air, we are never satisfied with what we have, and look forward to something different , and can always guarantee some rain in Wales if not in Spain. Sylvia

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Apr-2014
    I was only saying the same to my son Paul, he longs to live in Florida, for the hot all round the year weather, but many a time on holiday I've longed for the cooling rain of home, but I love Spain your so lucky living there, enjoy your holiday in Wales, it is lovely there too xx

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Apr-2014
    I have bad Arthritas in my knees and spine Sylvia, can't walk or stand for long, that is the thing that shows my age, hope some sun helps me

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 13-Apr-2014
    Hi Mary it's me again, I'm sure the heat will do your arthritis good, I too have it in my spine knees and hips, and can't stand for long or walk far, but there is a definite improvement when I am here in Spain, I am more mobile and able to manage better than when I am in wales, after a week in wales I am almost totally immobile, and it takes me a while to get back to normal once I get back here, ... more >>

  • Re: Anyone out there? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 13-Apr-2014
    I suffer terribly with cystitis in Blackpool but it hardly bothers me in Lytham St Annes.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Apr-2014
    Do you live in St Annes William? My relatives are in Cleveleys, Fleetwood and Thornton.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Apr-2014
    Don,t know what treatment I can get Sylvia, but my family are pestering me to get something done, the pain is so bad when I'm walking far.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 13-Apr-2014
    Happy Belated Birthday greetings Mary, hope you had a lovely day, and Hi to Sylvia in Spain. I was away all weekend on a mini reunion with big bro William and our old friend from the 50's and early 60's, Tony. What a lovely man he is - and guess what girls he was a FIREMAN, not just any old fireman, but a Fire Chief. After 54 years we have vowed to meet up often, all the old photos came out, b... more >>

  • Re: Anyone out there? by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 14-Apr-2014
    Here's something to ponder:
    During the month of August 2014, you will experience something that only occurs once every 823 years, in other words, don't hang around for the next experience, and it's this:
    July 2014 will have five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays in the one month.
    The fragility of life eh folks?

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 14-Apr-2014
    Well John , that's at least 15 days that billy won't get his cystitis for the next 800 years or so, I guess some good comes of the most unexpected things cheers Sylvia.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 14-Apr-2014
    And Mary, well I think the only treatment apart from pain control, is new knees ,new hips no new spine, and a spanking new wheelchair, which is to be avoided as long as possible. I am on pain patches which vary from day to day in their efficiency, I am about to start on stronger ones .until there are no stronger ones left , and then you are back to square one. It's an unwinnable battle. So we just... more >>

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 14-Apr-2014
    Hi Lynda, it sounds as though you had a lovely weekend. We also had a good one , it was Fred's 80th birthday so we went out with a few friends for a lovely meal, and of course wine and beer. Fred said he was just glad he reached 80 and looked forward to 81, and now looks forward to summer and the family visits. Love sylvia

  • Re: Anyone out there? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 14-Apr-2014
    I am banking on 100+ Sylvia. I may have to give up running marathons by then though.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 14-Apr-2014
    Thanks for the Birthday greetings Lynda,glad you enjoyed the week end. sunshine and fireman, lucky you,xx

  • Re: Anyone out there? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 14-Apr-2014
    Mary. Our Lynda promised that she would send me the photos of that meeting but she must be too busy.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 15-Apr-2014
    Soz Bill, completely forgot to get them off the camera, will do it shortly.

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What's Happening on Clowes Street by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 4-Apr-2014
I was looking at Manchester City Council's Planning Appendix, Phase Two, dated 16th December 2009, which is a colour plan of the proposed redevelopment of that triangle of land bounded by Hyde Road, Bennett Street and Belle Vue Street.
The plans show lots of houses, shops, green spaces, a school and new roads, but when I visit the area, I can see that only a small area has been redeveloped, and t... more >>
  
  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 4-Apr-2014
    M.C.C. done more damage than Mr. Hitlers bombers did.!!!

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 4-Apr-2014
    And they bombed Stan Boardman's chippy too.haha

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 4-Apr-2014
    They bombed me grans sweet shop on Ordsall Lane.

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 4-Apr-2014
    It was high on Hermann Goering's list of targets.

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 4-Apr-2014
    It was bad enough when they sold belle vue to developers! It was not theirs to sell, it belonged to the people of manchester.Thats us,why weren't we consulted? I know nobody asked me.Sylvia

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 4-Apr-2014
    Nice one Sylvia......

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 5-Apr-2014
    John the land at the bottom of Bennett Street is being developed for the HS Train track that the government intend building there The whole of Rostron Ave is being pulled down to make way for this track My friend lives in Rostron Ave and has formed a neighbourhood protest group

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 5-Apr-2014
    Alan, I had absolutely no idea that the train track was in the plans, glad a group has been formed to protest about it.
    Many thanks Alan, hope you are well mate?
    John H.

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 6-Apr-2014
    not fit and well John having problems with left instep then that gets better to a point where i can walk on it and Sunday morning wake up to massive pain in right ankle so now cant walk on that one yet You know I wouldn't recommend old age to anyone

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 6-Apr-2014
    Alan, it sounds as if you are suffering from a touch of gout, which is not in the least funny, it's very very painful, if you ask your doctor for some naproxen, it helps to clear it,but the naproxen can upset your stomach, so you would need some omneprazole to protect your stomach, but it is usually a fairly efficient combination, and the relief from pain is good and I know when I have a attack of... more >>

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 6-Apr-2014
    Hi Alan, yes it does sound like Gout. Ive had similar pains, possibly gout. Hospital recommended changing my diet ie No Red Meat, No Shellfish or Oily fish (just white fish}, and cut back on sugar. Started that mid-Feb and felt loads better really fast - with no tablets. I do miss the meat but I can have chicken. Check Peter Warrender's posts on M18, he is into alternative medicine and posted l... more >>

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 7-Apr-2014
    Oh Alan, re Gout. I forgot to say NO ALCOHOL as well. The worst offender is BEER.

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 7-Apr-2014
    Alan,
    I'm sorry to hear that mate, it sounds very painful and I can imagine it's frustrating not being able to get around like you want to.
    I have trouble with my knees (too much rugby years ago) and sometimes I can't put the weight on my right knee sufficient to get into or out of the car.
    I see what you mean about old age, we don't like to accept that we are slowing down a bit, except roller-... more >>

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 7-Apr-2014
    That really is pouring pain on pain. all these aches and pains are bad enough but not being able to have a beer is just one pain too many.

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 7-Apr-2014
    Fuelled by Guiness. Skating on the black stuff.

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 7-Apr-2014
    i was tested for a possible blood clot in my left leg, but was cleared on that one probably an infection so on anti bioctics now just as that goes down i wake up Sunday morning with what I feel is tendonites in my right ankle so back to the word of pain in the other leg ....You just cant win

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 10-Apr-2014
    Hope your feeling better Alan?

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Info for Stuart Parsonage by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 31-Mar-2014
Stuart, I don't know if you are still interested in who was in the shop on Birch St prior to Fongs being there in the early sixties.
Went to the Central library today for a nosy round and had a look at the electoral rolls which are on microfiche.
In 1959 there was a Horace and Monica Priestley there. hope this information is of some interest to you.
  
  • Re: Info for Stuart Parsonage by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 31-Mar-2014
    I would like to hear your comments on Central Library Kate.

  • Re: Info for Stuart Parsonage by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 31-Mar-2014
    Hi William,

    I'm not much into change but after a quick look round I was quite impressed.
    Upstairs I was disappointed that where there was once mahogany tables on the perimeter there are now modern bookcases which block out much of the light.
    Glad to see that the other bookcases remain untouched and that the centre of the 1st floor also remains unchanged.
    Used to prefer the cafe in the baseme... more >>

  • Re: Info for Stuart Parsonage by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 31-Mar-2014
    I was disappointed with all the high tech on the ground floor when I arrived Kate. I knew that the theatre had gone and is now an interactive kiddies playground and the children appeared to love it. The upper floors retain some of their charm but I agree with your statement about the modern shelving. Lots of the beautiful timber paneling has gone, I wonder where.
    I joined a guided tour and once s... more >>

  • Re: Info for Stuart Parsonage by Stuart parsonage (Member 10291244) on 2-Apr-2014
    Hi Kate, Thank you for going to so much trouble for me, much appreciated. Yes the names of Horace and Monica now ring a bell. Again many thanks

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Happy Mother's Day by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 30-Mar-2014
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL MUMS.
MOTHERS hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. Remembering all our Mums, wherever they are. xxx
  
  • Re: Happy Mother's Day by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 30-Mar-2014
    Jewish proverb.
    God couldn't be everywhere so he created mothers.

  • Re: Happy Mother's Day by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 30-Mar-2014
    Well Lynda, what a lovely thought, to greet all mothers, I never knew you or your brother personally, I think I am older than you both, but I think I lost out by not knowing you both.I think you must have been great fun, and how that brother of yours managed to escape the clutches of some woman,I don't know.because I for one would have found him very fanciable, he is funny and intelligent, a very... more >>

  • Re: Happy Mother's Day by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 30-Mar-2014
    Thanks Sylvia, lovely words from you there. Our Mum is 91 and still helps us to remember things from our childhood in West Gorton. I dont think we did know you then, but we are getting to know you and lots of other Gortonians on this site and the F/Book one. As for my big bro Bill, yes he is very clever and talented, and has done many exciting things the average man never gets to do, even now i... more >>

  • Re: Happy Mother's Day by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 30-Mar-2014
    I was captured a few times Sylvia but I managed the great escape.

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Annoyance by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 26-Mar-2014
Forgive me for straying from the subject of Gorton but, watching the news tonight has brought me some annoyance. All this tripe
of two famous people who are splitting up saying they are "conciously uncoupling" have you ever heard the like, who do they
think they are !. We have people living and dying on our streets and families with enormous difficulties, and the media choose to make
it a m... more >>
  
  • Re: Annoyance by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Mar-2014
    Never heard of Martin and Paltrow Dave. Glad I don't watch the news.

  • Re: Annoyance by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Mar-2014
    Even happier that I never got wed. Oscar Wilde said that getting remarried was a triumph of optimism over experience. Course, he was a poof.

  • Re: Annoyance by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Mar-2014
    These "stars" live in a world where they are protected against the realities of life, where their backsides are wiped for them and where people not on their "plane" are considered a lower class, so statements like they used to describe what you and I see as being a separation is no surprise.
    Problem is, WE boost their incomes and the Press boost their ego's.
    What a load of saddo's?

  • Re: Annoyance by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 27-Mar-2014
    Publicity Stunt methinks. Chris Martin has a new CD out very soon.

  • Re: Annoyance by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 29-Mar-2014
    Hi Mary,are you feeling better?hope all is well with you and your family, it will soon be your birthday, and I'm sure all you family will gather round to make sure you enjoy it.have a lovely day, it must be great being a twin, I bet you were never lonely. Love and best wishes for the day.Sylvia

  • Re: Annoyance by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 29-Mar-2014
    Thanks Sylvia, I'm fine, yes I was never lonely which makes it all the lonier now, it was my 59 wedding Anniversary yesterday, sad it never registerd with him though,went to see him but it's never a happy visit as he can't understand why he can't just come home with me.

  • Re: Annoyance by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 29-Mar-2014
    Mary
    I have posted some old maps of West Gorton on FB.
    Have a look and see if you can locate places you have lived. Eepkay ouryay inchay upway arlingday.

  • Re: Annoyance by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 29-Mar-2014
    Mary
    If you ask one of your lads to transfer those maps to your computer picture album, you can blow them up to full screen and then zoom in and have a look round.
    Enjoy.

  • Re: Annoyance by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 29-Mar-2014
    Right Thanks

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walter and doreen CARR by daniel boardman (Member 10292220) on 26-Mar-2014
my grandfather is walter carr and hes sister is Doreen we was looking at this and he was shocked to hear about all the memories of William street and hes school anyone who remembers my granddad he would love to get in touch with use thanks   
  • Re: walter and doreen CARR by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Mar-2014
    Give us some more details of your grandad if you can?
    There are several people on this site with strong connections to the William Street, Robert Street and Spurgeon Street area and with both St Marks' and Thomas Street Schools, and somebody may well know something that will help you.
    Good luck, and regards, John H.

  • Re: walter and doreen CARR by daniel boardman (Member 10292220) on 26-Mar-2014
    my grandad is called walter went to st marks in the years of 1943-1953 if anyone from these years recognise this name get it touch please

  • Re: walter and doreen CARR by Alan Wain (Member 10242957) on 5-Apr-2014
    Hi, I used to be at school with Walter,!! was'nt he Ronnie Coghlans cousin?? ,Ivy Coghlan lives round the corner from me off Stockport Rd Denton, nr the Fletchers Arms,give him my best regards ,always used to have a laugh with Walter at school!! Great times!!

  • Re: walter and doreen CARR by daniel boardman (Member 10292220) on 29-Apr-2014
    yes my granddad knows who you are he isn't ronnies cousin but does know who Ronnie is

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Revisiting Gorton and West Gorton by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Mar-2014
I am shortly planning a trip back to Gorton and West Gorton to take some photographs, and if anyone wants me to record a building for them, just let me know on here, and I will do my best to get them for you.
Eventually I will get them back to you via email or through Facebook.
Kindest Regards,
John H.
  
  • Re: Revisiting Gorton and West Gorton by daniel boardman (Member 10292220) on 26-Mar-2014
    what's the facebook page called ?

  • Re: Revisiting Gorton and West Gorton by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Mar-2014
    Daniel,
    You may want to search for the "Gorton M18" site.
    John H.

  • Re: Revisiting Gorton and West Gorton by norma wood (Member 10289432) on 2-May-2014
    memories of Ashmore Street

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M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 24-Mar-2014
John, I read your message on Facebook about the sadistic teacher at MCGS for boys but could not reply as there was no little box for my answer.
My brother went there from 1948 to 1953 and had a pretty rough time there apparently.
One teacher referred to him as 'the boy from the slums', the slums being West Gorton.
The teacher may have been correct in his statement but it was still out of place.... more >>
  
  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Hi Kate, lovely to hear from you.
    Yes, it was not a nice place at times, some of the teachers were a bit strange to say the least.
    I heard from one lad on FB that one teacher used to make kids lift up their shirts, and he would slap them as hard as he could on their bare back with his open palm, it must have hurt dreadfully.
    Another would use a piece of plastic hoop to hit kids across their bar... more >>

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Kate,
    As an after-thought, I heard that the teacher who was threatened with being thrown through the plate-glass window (and the kid WOULD have done it too), went to another school in Manchester, I don't know where, and was eventually arrested and charged with a physical assault on a pupil.
    I think he got the sack too.
    John.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Mar-2014
    So John. Can you explain why your posting on FB does not have a comment option. Puzzled.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 24-Mar-2014
    Would love to ask my brother more about the teachers but unfortunately he passed away three years ago.
    Like you say, I think the ones that did this needed psychiatric help and should never have gone into teaching. maybe there was nothing else they could do!

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Mar-2014
    We had monsters at both my schools Kate but remember that they had lived through at least one world war and had a different mind set. The beatings I got from the women at Thomas Street School were far worse than we got from the men, and that is why I am a misogynist.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Hi Bill, have no idea about the comments box on FB, I have not made any alterations at all, so will have a look now mate and let you know.
    Cheers Bill.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Mar-2014
    No big deal John but I am still learning FB and sometimes this happens.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Bill, just checked again and can't trace this at all.
    I went to my old school site where this story began, and the Comment box is there, got me beat mate.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 24-Mar-2014
    Billy, I thought there was only one old witch at Thomas St, namely Mrs Kenyon. Who were the others and what exactly did they do to you to make you hate women? Remember, some grown men pay good money for these awful things to be done to them.
    I only knew one old witch whose name I can't remember who gave me an almighty shove across the cloakroom for no good reason.
    No wonder we left Thomas St wit... more >>

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 25-Mar-2014
    The other one was Ms Kenyons husband, Ms Armitage the headmistress of the infants and they lived together. I don't hate women Kate. I'm just scared of them. Maybe I used the wrong word but childhood scars run deep.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Mar-2014
    Bill,
    Would love to see a photograph of these two little angels - are they on any class photos at all?

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 25-Mar-2014
    Sorry Billy, I thought the word hate was too strong a term.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 25-Mar-2014
    Hi Kate, Bill might be busy with Mum today, he may be on later. Dont worry about him Kate, he doesn't hate women and isn't scared of them either, he's a man's man and just doesn't "get" us - and he doesnt want one. haha

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 25-Mar-2014
    Hiya Lynda, nice to hear from you. Sorry I didn't reply to one of your postings on FB but I think I went out for the evening and the following day it was nowhere to be seen, there had been so many further postings.
    I realise that many a time your Billy is talking tongue in cheek and that's part and parcel of the enjoyment. Hope you and your mother are well and hope to see you all in the not too distant future.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 25-Mar-2014
    And my little sister used to beat me up.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 25-Mar-2014
    She must have had good reason!

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 25-Mar-2014
    Misandry?

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 26-Mar-2014
    That's definitely a misnomer Billy. PS: Thanks Kate, you're right.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 26-Mar-2014
    Doubt it very much. You probably just needed a good hiding. Brothers can be very macho and bossy at times and need to be shown just who is the boss. No doubt your experiences with Mrs Kenyon stood you in good stead!

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Mar-2014
    See what I mean.
    They gang up on you, just like the fragrant Ms Kenyon and Ms Armitage.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 26-Mar-2014
    Lynda, I'm sure you are not misandrous and methinks Billy deserves yet another beating, this time worse than the last one!

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Mar-2014
    See.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 26-Mar-2014
    From my own experience some brother,s can really make your blood boil the way they tease

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Mar-2014
    They're all at it now.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 26-Mar-2014
    Go Mary go !!!

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 26-Mar-2014
    Sugar and spice and all things nice!

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 27-Mar-2014
    What are little boys made of?
    What are little boys made of?
    Slugs and snails
    And puppy-dogs' tails,
    That's what little boys are made of.
    What are little girl... more >>

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 27-Mar-2014
    Comments please ladies.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 27-Mar-2014
    We live and learn.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 27-Mar-2014
    yeh, thats new to me too Mary.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 6-Apr-2014
    John and William just to clear the air about comments on facebook .........if there is no comment box sometimes means that you are not friended (not Always)and if you cant post a pic on your friends page (that is simmilar) but because you two are obviously friended its different so let me try and explain...if no comment box is showing
    try double click on the article so it comes full page then l... more >>

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 6-Apr-2014
    Thanks for that Alan,I will try that next time it happens. I hope you are better soon Bodzy.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 7-Apr-2014
    Thanks Alan, it seems OK now, cheers, John H.

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George Harrison by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Mar-2014
"Behind The Locked Door"
I have just read this biography. I always admired George and thought he was the best Beatle, but now I see him as a whingeing spoilt brat and a hypocrite. Sorry George RIP.
  
  • Re: George Harrison by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    I read some time ago that several Formula One racing drivers were forever being pestered by George Harrison, and that he used his "fame" to gain access to Pit Lanes, continually interrupting discussions drivers were trying to have with both sponsors and team members.
    It got so bad that he was considered to be a nuisance, and his presence anywhere in those areas was seen to be an irritation by ev... more >>

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MEETING by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 22-Mar-2014
If what Colin Lloyd says below is accurate ( and i have no reason to disbelieve it ) can some body please explain why the rest of the people on this site were not informed ?. I have been thinking that a few names were no appearing so often, has the interest switched to
Facebook now ?. Its not a problem to me whatever people do i have never met any body on this site. Although i do think we have s... more >>
  
  • Re: MEETING by Anne Irving (Member 10289876) on 22-Mar-2014
    Is this true that there has been a meeting at the Wagon recently? It was not mentioned on Facebook, because I read it all the time. Some explanations please?

  • Re: MEETING by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 22-Mar-2014
    P S. i've tried looking on Facebook but as i don't understand it and never used it i have not found anything, Can anybody enlighten me how to find the Facebook site for Gorton.

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    Explanation.
    I made contact with one of my old 60s motorbike pals on Facebook Gorton M18 site recently and we made arrangements to meet another old biker buddy at the Waggon last Sunday between the three of us. There I met three other old buddies coincidentally and the only one who is on this site was me. Only two of us are on FB so there is no conspiracy. Two weeks ago there was a gathering at t... more >>

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    PS. Last years successful gathering at The Waggon in April was partly down to the organisation of me and our kid.

  • Re: MEETING by Frank Simpson (Member 10274229) on 22-Mar-2014
    Hi. To everyone.Just to answer the query re:a gathering at the Waggon I am in there every Saturday lunchtime and can cofirm there has not been any in the last few weeks or so.

  • Re: MEETING by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 22-Mar-2014
    Thanks for all the replies, That clears that up then.

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    Dave. If you can find me on FB click on friends and I will sign you up on "Gorton M18 Place Of All Places." I promise you will enjoy it.

  • Re: MEETING by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 22-Mar-2014
    To Dave,
    Once on Facebook if you type in the words " Gorton M18" in the Facebook search engine you should be taken to that page. It is a closed group and I think you have to be nominated by another member or by the head guy of the group.
    Hope this helps.

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    Frank. I looked for you in the Waggon on Sunday but I had to mark you absent. I did see Jimmy Jones though, I bet you know him, everybody does.

  • Re: MEETING by Anne Irving (Member 10289876) on 22-Mar-2014
    Thanks for the reply Bill. Its true Linda and yourself did ask about another reunion a while back and not many replied. I think there would be a few more people now, due to the reaction to Colin's post, I would definitely go.

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    Me and our kid have chucked the towel in Anne but the post of organiser is open to all. Any takers?

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    I hope Colin reconsiders. I owe this site a great deal with old friends and new.

  • Re: MEETING by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 22-Mar-2014
    I do think this site is losing it to fb though,but I can't see how hard it is to get on fb and what's this about someone having to nominate you to join fb m18 group, that's not right I joined easy enough, it would be nice if all our Gortonion friends joined they are such a nice crowd, and the photographs you can put on makes it better.

  • Re: MEETING by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 22-Mar-2014
    I was really concerned and upset today to read Colin Lloyd's misunderstanding and other comments on a supposed "meeting" of folk on this site. Bill is right, we have tried and tried to get feedback about us all meeting up in Gorton, but it came to nothing. Bill's trip to Manchester was to meet a couple of old biker friends (who are not on this site). Colin has totally missed the point. He had ... more >>

  • Re: MEETING by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 22-Mar-2014
    Kate i think your right .. Sorry .. for Paul tell's me you do have to be nominated or something, so how I found my way on I'll never know, so whoever nominated me.. thanks

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    If Dave Jones just contacts the friendly moderator Mikey Colebourne, he will sign him up.

  • Re: MEETING by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 22-Mar-2014
    Got to admit to being astonished to remarks on this site regarding Billy's messages re: Pomona. It was clear that he was meeting up with old mates contacted via FB, there was no hint of a Gorton gathering! After reading the remarks made by Colin Lloyd and the follow-ups posted today it appears to me that Billy should be receiving opologies and not demands for explanations!
    If Colin Lloyd is not,a... more >>

  • Re: MEETING by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 22-Mar-2014
    I sincerly doubt!), I can only hope that somebody may know him and can point out that he should be the first to tender an opology !!
    Jim W.

  • Re: MEETING by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 22-Mar-2014
    Well Jim, if Colin does read this, he will now know there was nothing underhand going on. I guess he just mis-read Bills 'personal' report. We all need to stick together at this time of our lives don;t we.... And Mary, hope you are OK, would love to meet up with you one day. Love to you and yours. Lxx

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    Apology unnecessary and unwanted. It would be nice to see Colin back with his Gorton family, on here or FB or in the Waggon. This site is short of active members and that is why it has quiet times.

  • Re: MEETING by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 22-Mar-2014
    Perfect response Bill, no apology necessary Colin, just come back and bring your tall tales with you.

  • Re: MEETING by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 22-Mar-2014
    Thanks for the FB info William i will get it done.

  • Re: MEETING by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 23-Mar-2014
    I'm O.K Lynda, thanks for asking x

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 23-Mar-2014
    Say what you like about Colin, but he livened this site up for a bit. It is better to participate than to spectate. I think we are loosing it.

  • Re: MEETING by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 23-Mar-2014
    People in this house say i lost it years ago. Not yet had chance to do the FB yet William , but i will.

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 23-Mar-2014
    Click on friends Dave.

  • Re: MEETING by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    I've missed something here, having been away for a few days, but can I throw my tuppenyworth in please?
    I was well aware that Billy was to meet some old pals who he had been in touch with, and it was not connected to this or any other site as far as I could make out - it was just a social meeting of old friends.
    Billy and Lynda made great efforts to manage last years' meeting, which by all accou... more >>

  • Re: MEETING by Anne Irving (Member 10289876) on 24-Mar-2014
    John is right about this Nowhere site being the best. There are some really nice people on here, of a similar age and of the same background. Gorton M18 is o.k. but not as good as this.

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Mar-2014
    Well said Anne. I have reconnected with so many old pals courtesy of message board and last April In the Waggon I met old and new pals. It is nice however to be able to send pictures as Mary said.

  • Re: MEETING by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 24-Mar-2014
    I agree Billy, pictures can make an awful lot of difference. Same as reading a book, imagine if it didn't have any pictures in it.
    having said that, many books are gripping without any pictures.

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Pomona by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 16-Mar-2014
Went to Gorton cemetery yesterday ( Saturday ) and came out at the top gate nearest the old canal, looked over to the back of the
Pomona Hotel that stands in Reddish lane and was surprised to see it is a burnt out wreck. I used to live nearby and in its day it was a
very popular venue for entertainment. I don't know how long it has been closed but its another casualty of the demise of Gorton, ... more >>
  
  • Re: Pomona by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 16-Mar-2014
    I was there today Dave. Had a good walk round Debdale park and the ressers. I guess we have to let go what it was like and consign it to history and our own memories. I met up with some old pals in the Waggon and Horses and consoled myself with a few pints of Joey Holts finest. Met a mate that I hadn't seen for forty years or more, one of my old biker mates. And a lad I was at school with.

  • Re: Pomona by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 17-Mar-2014
    Billy, I remnember some time ago you mentioned how you had made contact with old, long lost mates via. this message board. Although I was a Gorton lad I did my secondary education in Openshaw at Varna Street school. In the past year or so I have put a few entries on the Openshaw site and low and behold, in the last few days I've had a contact with an old mate who I last saw in 1954 ! Amazing stuff... more >>

  • Re: Pomona by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 17-Mar-2014
    Jim. Yesterdays meeting was a result of contact made on Facebook Gorton M18 site.In a few weeks I will be meeting another old pal courtesy of FB.

  • Re: Pomona by Barbara Withey (Member 10292046) on 17-Mar-2014
    Hi
    I'm sorry but I am new to this site and don't know where to start.My name is Barbara (Frost) Withey. I used to live in Endcott St and Dalkieth (Derby) St,opposite Gorton Park.
    I went to All Saints then onto Bishop Greer.I have been following this site for a couple of weeks and it has brought some lovely memories back.I was born in 1953.

  • Re: Pomona by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 17-Mar-2014
    Welcome aboard Barbara. It is all about sharing memories and finding old friends.

  • Re: Pomona by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 18-Mar-2014
    Hello Mary, just wondering if you are o.k, not heard from you for a while, and as you have not been too well, just thought I would check, hope all is well , sylvia

  • Re: Pomona by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 18-Mar-2014
    Thanks Sylvia I'm Ok just a bit down at the moment, I'll brighten up again soon

  • Re: Pomona by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 18-Mar-2014
    O.k Mary , I understand . Hope you are soon feeling better.love Sylvia.

  • Re: Pomona by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 19-Mar-2014
    Chin up Mary, we all love you girl, John H.xx.

  • Re: Pomona by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 19-Mar-2014
    Hi John, I have seen from your messages, that your brother lives in Prestatyn, I lived there for 30 years until1997. I lived on gronant road near the duck pond, where does your brother live, I wondered if I know him. Sylvia

  • Re: Pomona by Colin Lloyd (Member 10289684) on 21-Mar-2014
    I'm surprised there was a meeting of the people from this message board at the Waggon and Horses recently and not everyone was informed. William said something to the effect that it was on Facebook but that is obviously a very poor excuse.
    It could easily have been disseminated on these pages.
    Well, if you want to keep your meetings exclusive and attended only by the the chosen few, that's your ... more >>

  • Re: Pomona by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Colin,
    It wasn't me, honest, I was still at school.
    However nothing ever surprises me at all, I'm too long in the tooth and have seen a lot, like most of the contributors here.
    I have commented at length today (Monday 24th) about your post, and was saddened to read your comments.
    It would be nice to think you would remain here, I have enjoyed your input (as have lots of others) so reconsider -... more >>

  • Re: Pomona by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 24-Mar-2014
    Barbara Frost, you were in my class at Bishop Greer, and my mate Ian Moir who lived on Crossley St. own near Gorton Lane went out with your sister....a long time ago. Welcome aboard.

  • Re: Pomona by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Hi JC, how are you mate?
    That name Ian Moir rings a bell with me, he may well have been a friend of another lad I knew called Dave McKeown, who lived in a house on the corner of Cambert Lane and Casson Street.
    Dave went to St Bede's College.
    John.

  • Re: Pomona by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 25-Mar-2014
    JH, I am keeping fine now, had a viral chest and throat infection while in Australia ( probably got it on the plane )laid up for 2weeks. Anyway Ian Moir was a pal when we were about 11 / 12yrs old. think he went to that school near Arrowsmiths on Gorton Road / Ashbury Station. And he went on to Crossley Motors / Rolls Royce. That's about all I know about him. His father came from Kirkubright in Sc... more >>

  • Re: Pomona by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Mar-2014
    You too John, can't wait to hear about the trip.
    Like you, I suffer after long-haul flights, they say it's the air on, but I get flu-like symptoms for a couple of weeks afterwards.
    Glad you're on the mend buddy, stay upright, speak soon.
    John H.

  • Re: Pomona by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 25-Mar-2014
    Hi JC, thought you'd gone quiet, shame you didnt enjoy your trip 100%. Our school was near Arrowsmiths, behind Clowes Street (Thomas St Primary). Is that the one ur thinking of?

  • Re: Pomona by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 25-Mar-2014
    No it wasn't, thinking about it.....it may have been Openshaw Tec???. Even a good Throat infection cant shut me up for long, haha, thanks anyway.It's nice to feel wanted...other than being wanted by John H's mob. haha

  • Re: Pomona by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Mar-2014
    No problem John, have arranged a lifetime pardon for you, will get it framed and hung in the Waggon mate, get well soon John.

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The Yates Family. by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 13-Mar-2014
Does anybody remember the Yates family whi lived in Bryson Grove off Parker Street (Palin Street). As far as I can remember they had three lads, Donald was the eldest then came John and I cannot remember the name of the youngest! Could have been a daughter as well but not sure on that.
Mr. Yates used to drive a double decker bus and sometimes came home for his lunch in it !!
Was wondering what e... more >>
  
  • Re: The Yates Family. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Jim,
    Lynne Gregory may be able to help you out with this.
    She lived in the area for quite some time.
    Hope she picks up this thread for you,
    John H.

  • Re: The Yates Family. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Apologies to both, I meant Anne Irving - Lynne Gregory is a woman here at work, my heads gone this morning, sorry Anne.
    John.x.

  • Re: The Yates Family. by Anne Irving (Member 10289876) on 24-Mar-2014
    I'm sorry Jim but I don't remember anyone from Bryson Grove at all, apart from the Bowes in the shop, and Linda Cooper, who was related to my mate Margaret. Its strange that, because even though it was only one street away, we never played with anyone from there. John, I can't believe you have forgotten my name already. You are mixed up because my maiden name was Anne Gregory.

  • Re: The Yates Family. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Sorry Anne, we have a lady here with that name, whenever she rings me, I always think it's you, real grey moments, need more sleep I think.xx.

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The Birdcage by Frank Ravlen (Member 10276433) on 10-Mar-2014
I recently went to Riley's Sausage factory at the top end of Chapman Street to buy their yummy sausages, when passing over the railway line I seemed to remember from the distant past (1940s) we kids used to pass through what was called the Birdcage, a covered wire enclosure somewhere in the vicinity but I couldn't remember where. Can anyone put me right on this?Location and whether it still excists.
Many thanks.
  
  • Re: The Birdcage by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 10-Mar-2014
    The birdcage was down at the bottom of what was called(I think) froxmer street, it passed over beyer peacocks factory and railway yard, it was the street at the side of the Vulcan pub, that was also better known as the monkey.I don't know if it's still there, because it's 40 years since I lived in gorton.sylvia

  • Re: The Birdcage by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 10-Mar-2014
    Where on earth is Riley's sausage factory? I have never heard of that place , is it fairly new?.sylvia.

  • Re: The Birdcage by dave hodkinson (Member 10266434) on 10-Mar-2014
    hello everyone, The bird cage was at the end of Railway St? off by the side of the main Beyer Peacock offices , once at the top of the stairs it went 90 degrees to the right over the main man/Sheffield line,over Gorton tank and along to ? can't remember the street but basically towards Ashton Old Rd, Happy days!
    Dave

  • Re: The Birdcage by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 12-Mar-2014
    Sylvia,
    The Birdcage has long gone.
    The Vulcan is still going strong on Gorton Lane.
    John H.

  • Re: The Birdcage by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 12-Mar-2014
    Sylvia,
    Riley's Sausage Factory is located at 9 Cornwall Street, Openshaw, Manchester 11.
    It's been going since 1956.
    John H.

  • Re: The Birdcage by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 12-Mar-2014
    Thank you john , I honestly have never heard of Riley's sausage factory, and I was in gorton until 1970, so I really don't know how I missed it, but there you are, I'm still not too old to learn something about gorton, and I thought I knew it all.sylvia.

  • Re: The Birdcage by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 12-Mar-2014
    Me too Sylvia, I've lived in Gorton all my life, and have relatives near Cornwall Street, and I've never heard of it.

  • Re: The Birdcage by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 13-Mar-2014
    I think Mary, that gorton has probably changed so much since I lived there, that I. Would not recognise many of the places that were so familiar to me in the past.I suppose that like so many people my age, I'm looking for a time that does not exist anymore, only in my memories, that's the price we pay for the so called progress.love sylvia

  • Re: The Birdcage by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Mar-2014
    I understand what your saying Sylvia, thank God for a good memory, don't know your age, but you sound as if you feel like me, my husband has got dementia, and it's the cruelest thing that can happen I think.

  • Re: The Birdcage by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 13-Mar-2014
    I'm 77in June and my husband is 80 in April, it must be terrible for you, I think dementia is the worst thing that can happen to a partner. My husband had a spell of undiagnosed diabetes, and he was very confused until his blood was stabilised, and I thought he was starting with dementia, thank god I was wrong, he is fine now. It must seem very lonely for you now, we are so used to asking for opin... more >>

  • Re: The Birdcage by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Mar-2014
    What date in April Sylvia? I am 81 on the 12th April

  • Re: The Birdcage by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 13-Mar-2014
    Fred is 80 on the 6th April.are you going to celebrate yours? Or like Fred just be glad you got there, we will probably go out for a meal with some friends, there are not a lot of options left open to you when you reach 80, are there?anyway whatever you do I hope you enjoy it with your family. Love Sylvia.

  • Re: The Birdcage by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Mar-2014
    I have a twin who doesn't like a fuss, so it wouldn't be right for one half to celebrate with a family party, I'll get her to join in one year though, perhaps when we reach 100, thanks for your well wishes and all the best to you and yours xx I'm a young 80 I hope so just glad to have my health and outlook

  • Re: The Birdcage by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 14-Mar-2014
    Mary and Sylvia, you sound like two lovely and brave ladies.
    Wouldn't it be nice to think that everyone had partners like you two,
    John H.

  • Re: The Birdcage by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 14-Mar-2014
    Aww thanks John, it's remarks like that, what keeps us going x

  • Re: The Birdcage by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 15-Mar-2014
    Dear John, thank you for your kind words, it's amazing what a difference a few kind words can make,especially when they are from someone you have never met, Sylvia.

  • Re: The Birdcage by Frank Ravlen (Member 10276433) on 16-Mar-2014
    Many thanks for all your memories. I only remember Froxmer Street from having to take my Dad his supper when on firewatch during the war. He was at Follows & Bates who at that time were making wooden bread slicers (or would it be meat slicers) plus other assorted wartime products I was about 7 or 8 at the time.Didn't we kids have a lot more responsibilities in those days! I also had to take Satur... more >>

  • Re: The Birdcage by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 16-Mar-2014
    Hi Frank, My Grandfather worked at Follows and Bates all through the war, Joe Whittaker was his name, your Dad probably knew him ? I think my Grandfather was an air-raid warden during those years, he was never in the air-raid shelters during the raids ! He was at Follows and Bates ( later it was Qualcast) until he retired when he was presented with a gold watch and an armchair !! Jim.

  • Re: The Birdcage by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 26-Mar-2014
    My Mother worked at fallows and Bates,I used to go and wait for her coming out of work, I must have been about 10 so it was after the war.

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Looking for JOHN FIELDING by Sam (Member 10250551) on 9-Mar-2014
Looking for any information on my friend John Fielding (known to friends as Kane)
Lost touch a few years back when he was living on Burstead Street in Abbey Hey, Gorton. He is 45 years old, tall, big built with long dark hair and tattoos. Any info greatly appreciated.
  
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Question by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 6-Mar-2014
to Sylvia Morgan Hiya just an inquiry, when you lived in Gorton in Gorton terrace did you know a fella called Eddie Kendell only he has just been introduced to the Gorton Facebook site , just figured you might
regards Bodzy
  
  • Re: Question by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 6-Mar-2014
    Hello again Alan, I knew an Edwin Kendal, he lived next to to me, he lived with his grandmother, his mother died when he was quite young, he may have changed his name, because he always hated the name Edwin. So it's probably the same guy, is a mate of yours.cheers Sylvia.

  • Re: Question by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 6-Mar-2014
    I meant to say is he a mate of yours, I'm sure you must know my brother keith buckley, he is the same age as Edwin,and he knows you and your brothers. Sylvia

  • Re: Question by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 7-Mar-2014
    Sylvia You gotta lean how to put photos in emails and send me some photos of your Keith I'm sure I know him , I know the name but cant place the face PPPPlease

  • Re: Question by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 7-Mar-2014
    Ps Sylvia where does Keith live now ??

  • Re: Question by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 8-Mar-2014
    Hi again Alan,keith lives in Denton, he lived on Dane bank for years and moved to haughton green about five years ago, my daughter is visiting in April so she will show me how to put photos on the I pad, keith is sixty seven now, I don't know if that is older or younger than you,he was big mates with Arthur Bell, who I think lived somewhere near you.sylvia

  • Re: Question by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 8-Mar-2014
    Hi Sylvia,you didn't say you were back on line,thanks for Christmas card did you get mine? Louxx :-)

  • Re: Question by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 8-Mar-2014
    Well! Hello Lou, a lot of things have happened since I last spoke to you, I will write to you and tell you all about it, we were in Britain for two years from 2011 to 2013. We returned sept 2013 I will explain in a letter. Far too much to explain on line. I wrote to Jean , as she told me about her illness, hope she is recovering. Promise I will write to you soon. Love syl.

  • Re: Question by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 8-Mar-2014
    Jean is recovering from her illness but she has other probs will tell u all about it when you write . I was in Spain last year went to Benidorm had a great time with my daughter-in-law and 2nieces .How far are you from Alicante?

  • Re: Question by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 8-Mar-2014
    We are about 2hours drive going south from Alicante, I was really glad to get back here, I thought we were never going to get back to Spain, it was one thing after another kept cropping up to stop us, but eventually after 2years we were able to return love syl.

  • Re: Question by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 8-Mar-2014
    After going to Benidorm in october i understand why u couldnt wait to get back as far as your arthritis was concerned,i was great while i was there.

  • Re: Question by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 11-Mar-2014
    Hello Mary, how are you, where are you and are you feeling better? Hope all is well with you, I am looking forward to your next poem.sylvia.

  • Re: Question by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 11-Mar-2014
    Hello again Sylvia, I'm not so bad now thanks,the weather has made a big difference, and I'll put another poem on soon just for you, hope everything is fine with you.....Mary x

  • Re: Question by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 11-Mar-2014
    Sylvia .......
    A LITTLE CHILD'S PRAYER
    A little toddler trustingly went on her knees to pray
    She wished to talk to Jesus she had heard about that day
    He was her Heavenly father to guide her was his plan
    Already in that childs bright mind he was a s... more >>

  • Re: Question by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 11-Mar-2014
    Thank you Mary , that is beautiful, you really have got to do something about getting into print!, it would be such a pleasure for you to do, and you could earn good money as well, which I'm sure would be very useful with all your grandchildren, and just ordinary household expenses, we can all use extra money these days, and you are certainly good enough Mary, so think about it I'm sure you would ... more >>

  • Re: Question by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 11-Mar-2014
    That was a beautiful poem Mary :-)

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John / KANE, Burstead Street, Abbey Hey Gorton by Sam (Member 10250551) on 2-Mar-2014
Hello all,

I'm looking for an old friend who I lost contact with many years ago. He lived at 14 Burstead Street, in Abbey Hey, his mum died some years back, her name was Joyce.
Tall, muscley biker looking man, with long dark hair and lots of tattoos, known locally as just 'Kane' but his name is John. Will be 45 this year.
Was very unwell last time I spoke to him - any news would be greatly ... more >>
  
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Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 28-Feb-2014
Born on my birthday she is my thirteenth grandchild
Nanna didn't get any roses, on that special April day
We knew it was her birthday but she had gone away
She went waiting by a bedside, for the patter of tiny feet
And all the time kept praying, it would be a little girl she'de greet
Her prayer was quickely answerd, for it was very soon, There was this great excitement all around... more >>
  
  • Re: Poem by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 28-Feb-2014
    Mary, that is beautiful, many thanks, what lovely words.
    Will copy them now, print off and save for the future.
    Really appreciated,
    John.xx.

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 28-Feb-2014
    I remember when my brother was born, I had not even been told my mother was pregnant,I was sent away to spend a week with a favourite aunt,I was 9 years old. When I returned home my father was waiting for me, he said your mum is upstairs and she has got a lovely surprise for you, I thought , bloody hell! They have got me that bike I wanted,what a shock when I saw the cot and new baby,I think it wa... more >>

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 28-Feb-2014
    By the way Mary, your poems are lovely, have you thought about publishing them?, there is a very good publishers for new authors, it's called the Minerva press I think the address is Buckingham gate London, but not too sure, but I'm sure if you were interested you could find the address, cheers Sylvia.

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 28-Feb-2014
    Thanks Sylvia for that, I don't know how to go about these things

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 28-Feb-2014
    The Old Kitchen Clock

    We look upon it's face each day,sometimes we glance with dread
    But that old clock is comforting, when there's a chance to stay in bed,
    It makes a lovely picture, as it hangs upon the wall,
    That old familier kitchen clock'that succeeds to ru... more >>

  • Re: Poem by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 28-Feb-2014
    Lovely Mary.
    Publish and be damned as Arthur Welleseley, 1st Duke of Wellington once said.

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 28-Feb-2014
    Don't think they are quite good enough though William

  • Re: Poem by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 28-Feb-2014
    Better than mine Mary lass.

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 1-Mar-2014
    Mary, you are too modest, I think you are good enough for publication.all you have to do is type out your poems, and then send them to Minerva press, they will do the rest if they think you are good enough,they will negotiate with you.anyway you have nothing to lose, and you too Bill, you could try too,although I think maybe some of your poems might be a bit earthy, for some of their more genteel ... more >>

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-Mar-2014
    Thanks for that Sylvia

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-Mar-2014
    It's not so much the poems Sylvia, but the spelling and puntuation marks

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 1-Mar-2014
    Well Mary,if I can help you in any way I will, I have had a few things published myself, let me know what you want me to do and I will do it. Cheers Sylvia.

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 2-Mar-2014
    Thanks for that Sylvia,meant to thank you before now, but been in bed ill with flu

  • Re: Poem by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 2-Mar-2014
    Hi Mary, your poems are a darned sight better than that Pam Ayres woman. She spouts rubbish - in my opinion. Good Luck. Lx

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 3-Mar-2014
    Sorry to hear you have been ill Mary, all my family in Britain have had the flu, and my son in law was in hospital, did you have the flu jab? We have it every year, and up to now it has kept us clear, but I'm not holding my breath.hope you are now feeling better, and like Lynda, I think you are better than Pam ayers. Hope I spelled her name right,cheers Sylvia.

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 3-Mar-2014
    I bow to Lynda's correct spelling of her name.

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 3-Mar-2014
    Thanks Lynda and Sylvia, Feeling a bit better to day, at least I can make myself a brew, feeling so run down at the moment catch colds easy I'll have to toughen up, your messages keep me going anyway.

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 4-Mar-2014
    It's funny Mary, as we get older, things that we used to bounce back from so easily, become harder to deal with, but unlike so many of our contempories, we are still bouncing back, hope you continue to improve. Cheers sylvia

  • Re: Poem by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 8-Mar-2014
    Hi Mary, just thinking about you.
    Are you ok?
    John.x.

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 8-Mar-2014
    Thanks John , for thinking of me, I was thinking of you too, because I was on the verge of asking your advice, but the problem has been solved.

  • Re: Poem by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 8-Mar-2014
    Just been reading through the poems on here,what talent,thanks for sharing your poems,I have really enjoyed them .

  • Re: Poem by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 8-Mar-2014
    Hi Mary, I've also been wondering if you are OK, you're on here & M18 much more now you have some time to yourself. Hope your hubby is doing well.
    And Sylvia, hope your friend Eddie (Edwin) gets on here soon, he's also on the M18 site and asking what you remember from the old days. Come on Eddie, Sylvia wants to chat with you..... Lx

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 8-Mar-2014
    Hi Lynda and Mary, great to hear about Eddie, I remember him very well , and his cousin George they were very good mates with my brother keith,hope you are feeling better Mary, and back on form.I sometimes wonder what I did with my spare time before I thankfully discovered knowhere, it seems that most of old gorton people, can leave gorton behind, and it's amazing how much we all have in common wi... more >>

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 8-Mar-2014
    Meant to say can't leave gorton behind,syl.

  • Re: Poem by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 8-Mar-2014
    Many of us were forced to leave Gorton in the sixties. I moved around for years following the work and ended up in Blackpool. Gorton will always be special and I believe that Belle Vue gave us a specific identity which other places lack. Gorton lad at heart.

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 9-Mar-2014
    You are so right Bill, about belle vue it did set us apart from other manchester people,and gorton people had a quality that made us different.i have lived in different places, and even different countries, but never come across any one to beat us gortonians, I miss the old times, the old places. And the old people, unfortunately those things are gone forever. Sylvia.

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Trust in Gorton by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 27-Feb-2014
Do you remember in our childhood, when you could leave all your doors unlocked when the house was empty? Nice to know there are people still living, that could be trusted. Wouldn't like to do this now. Where did it go wrong?   
  • Re: Trust in Gorton by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 28-Feb-2014
    True.
    I feel nervous every time I leave the house, even though it has CCTV, intruder alarm and locks like the Tower of London.
    Sign of the times I expect.
    John H.

  • Re: Trust in Gorton by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 4-Mar-2014
    Hi, just catching up - again! I always remember the rule at No.5 Parker street, ie. 'last one in dropped the 'catch' and locked the front door ! it was forgotten on many occasions to no ill effect! As you say, couldn't do it these days! We were on the Isle of Arran 18 months ago and werre told that on the west side you never locked your doors, on the east you did ! Around where we live we have hea... more >>

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Kidded by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 27-Feb-2014
What silly thing did you believe as a Kid? I lived for a short while with friends of the family who had a farm, I was 8 years of age and the farmers son of 14 was showing me the animals, he came to a goat and had it sucking at his finger, he told me to be brave and do the same thing with it, but when I offerd the wrong finger, he said no only this first finger can it get milk from, I really beleiv... more >>   
  • Re: Kidded by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 28-Feb-2014
    We were so poor, that until I was twenty one I thought that knives and forks were jewellery, lol.

  • Re: Kidded by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 28-Feb-2014
    Dad gave us 'spends' every Friday and told us the piggy bank was on a wall in the cellar.
    It was only when I left school I realised it was the gas meter.
    John H.

  • Re: Kidded by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 28-Feb-2014
    That jewellery bit made me laugh John, I never new the difference between sheets and blankets, I called them all blankets, would have been more truthful to have called them coats.

  • Re: Kidded by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Mar-2014
    Mary, do you remember when a duvet was an eiderdown, when central heating was a fire grate in the middle of the kitchen wall and when a supermarket was the outdoor beer licence?

  • Re: Kidded by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Mar-2014
    We bought most of our clothes from the local Army and Navy store Mary.
    For three years I went to St Marks' dressed as a Japanese Rear Admiral, lol

  • Re: Kidded by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 3-Mar-2014
    That sounds smart to me John. I was Gunga Din.

  • Re: Kidded by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 3-Mar-2014
    I was never in the Brownies, but I was proud of my Brownie uniform

  • Re: Kidded by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 3-Mar-2014
    I tried to join the brownies but they wouldn't have me.

  • Re: Kidded by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 7-Mar-2014
    They Let us in one night , the Gore Street Mission Girl Guides cos we were hanging about in the door way trying to chat up some girls probably decieded it was better that way .........................

    I was going to use my old tale about The luton Girls Choir , The only reason I didnt get in was " I lied about my age " bum bum

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