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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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Robert Duncan Darren Nolan by cw (Member 10242991) on 21-May-2015
Hi all does any one know the people above thanks   
  • Re: Robert Duncan Darren Nolan by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 22-May-2015
    Hi, one of the surnames you posted, ie. Nolan, is familiar to me but a few more details would be a big help. Where did he live , his school, approx. age etc. All these points could jog the old brain cells.
    Keep in touch. J.

  • Re: Robert Duncan Darren Nolan by cw (Member 10242991) on 6-Jun-2015
    Hi thanks for responset Robert would be around fifty lived in westlea drive

  • Re: Robert Duncan Darren Nolan by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 9-Jun-2015
    Hi, sorry but your 'Nolan' is not the one I was thinking about. My 'Nolan' lived on Church Lane and would be in his 70,s now. Best of luck with your search. J.

  • Re: Robert Duncan Darren Nolan by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Jul-2015
    Sorry CW, can't help on this, but good luck.

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Keep Calm and Carry On --------- by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 12-May-2015
Hi Folks, as we have seen on this site recently, there have been a few unwanted exchanges concerning sad happenings in the past. This appears to have dried up now, lets leave it that way, its not what this site is about!
John and Billy, stay with us and keep the poems flowing and the stories coming.
Jean MaClaren. Hi Jean, weather is great eh ? Did the Maxi Tour on Orkney last Friday with one of... more >>
  
  • Re: Keep Calm and Carry On --------- by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 12-May-2015
    Hi Jim,
    Great to hear from you again mate.
    How's the weather been up with you?
    My nephew is up at Pitlochrie at the moment, his third visit this year, he loves that area.
    Keep in touch Jim, kindest regards,
    John.

  • Re: Keep Calm and Carry On --------- by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 12-May-2015
    Nice post Jim. Good to hear from proper people.

  • Re: Keep Calm and Carry On --------- by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 19-May-2015
    Hello Jim Sorry this reply took so long I have been Busy Busy!
    You make the Maxi Tour of Orkney sound interesting Of course the weather would make all the difference I'm assuming you took the Ferry across the Pentland Firth from Scrabster to Stromness? That would be an adventure in itself! I am determined to see more of the Islands so may well try it Miserable weather here today Jim So I guess... more >>

  • Re: Keep Calm and Carry On --------- by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 20-May-2015
    Hi Jean, good to hear from you. Yes, the Orkney Tour is well worth it. We sailed from John O'Groats to just outside Kirkwall, this is where the bus meets you, a great day out and the 7pm. ferry back to 'Groats' by 7-40pm. G/son still talking about it, massive change from London !!.
    Lovely day today but the rain has just arrived, oh well ! Take care, regards to you both. P&J. X

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william parker by stuart scott (Member 10300168) on 30-Apr-2015
William parker born 1870 died 26/4/1959 in a road accident.lived in peacock st. as any one information on this large family.   
  • Re: william parker by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 7-Jun-2015
    Hi I remember the Parker family in Peacocks Street they laced onto the red Rev and the lady who lived oppisit me in Hampden Grove was related to them her name was Patty Parker

  • Re: william parker by Kathleen Parker (Member 10257688) on 8-Jun-2015
    Hi There I have just seen your message on the site . There was a George Parker and Alan Parker that lived on Peacock Street my friend married Alan Parker but later divorced .

  • Re: william parker by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Jul-2015
    Sorry Stuart, can't help on this, but good luck.

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Replies to messages by Michelle (Member 10300113) on 26-Apr-2015
I've just replied to a thread I made back in 2007. Do messages bump back up to the top when the get replies or do you have to scroll all the way back to find them? Thanks   
  • Re: Replies to messages by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 27-Apr-2015
    I don't think it will "bump" back to the top. It may be better to repeat your reply as a new subject and say who its for. That way i think it may gain the required attention.

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Robin Hood from Wigam by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 8-Apr-2015
When people think of Robin Hood, a few things spring to mind,
Like Sherwood Forest, and his trusty bow,
And sword-fights with the Sherriff’s men, and being wined and dined,
By Marion, yet little do they know.

He wasn’t born in Nottingham nor nearby York... more >>
  
  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 8-Apr-2015
    Brilliant John. Come 'ed mate, the Gorton poems site is crying out for new blood.

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by Erica Gregory (Member 10299926) on 12-Apr-2015
    Dear Mr Holmes, I was reading your message from 2012 with regards to the Moors Murders and John Stalker..I was wondering if I could have a chat with you.. things found but also things you may like to listen to.. I can pass you my email address this regards on going research..

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by Erica Gregory (Member 10299926) on 12-Apr-2015
    paul.gregory30@btopenworld.com

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 13-Apr-2015
    Dear Mr Gregory,
    I am having trouble remembering what I wrote so far back on this site, can you remind me please, and let me know what enquiries you are making please?
    Regards, JH.

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 13-Apr-2015
    Personally I think those two bastards have been covered to death on this site in the past. Next thing I want to hear is that he has snuffed it. Preferably in excruciating circumstances and Gorton folk can draw a line under the whole tragic business.

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 29-Apr-2015
    Bill,
    I have heard nothing in response to my remarks seen here.
    However, I have learned that Erica Gregory has written a book called "The Secret Key to the Moors Murders" which is reviewed on Amazon's Kindle Books.
    The critique I read refers to the book as being "pure fantasy concocted by a paranormal group", which "does not, and never will, take the investigation into this case any further".
    ... more >>

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 29-Apr-2015
    A popular Gorton site on Facebook has been taken advantage of in the last few months by yet another author rehashing this subject John. I won't mention his name or the title of his book as he is adept at abusing FB for free advertising without my assistance.

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by Erica Gregory (Member 10299926) on 4-May-2015
    Well Mr Holmes sorry to bother you but we already have .. and it was Mr Stalker I was hoping to get in touch with.. and its ok now because I have found an ex policeman to help thanks for your silly comment about the book as we have many who have read the book and as for the co writer she is John Kilbrides niece,, the book shows all we had found to get help with the search.. What we have found sinc... more >>

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by Erica Gregory (Member 10299926) on 4-May-2015
    Oh and we also have the Diocese helping too on a dig that should of happened also by the police and yet again they did nothing.. its obvious that there was a cover up in the 60s, what with Savile around and he too knowing Brady...

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 6-May-2015
    My last word about your "book".
    It is written in childish and mis-spelt English with many grammatical mistakes and other factual inaccuracies, far too many to mention on here.
    You should read some of your critics' comments a little more closely, most of which are written in better English than your "book".
    I have to agree with the one I read which stated that yours was "the worst book they had ... more >>

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 6-May-2015
    Careful big John. The data comes from impeccable sources. Ouija boards, Tarot cards and tea leaf readings. Don't mess with the forces of darkness mate.

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 6-May-2015

    I have read a great many books in my time but this is probably the worst I've ever read! Just a list of facts non of which can be regarded as evidence in the search for Keith. As far as the quality of the writing is concerned, the author appears to be illiterate and my five year old daughter has a better grasp of the English language!
    1 Comment... more >>

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by witchfinder general (Member 10300249) on 7-May-2015
    good to see someone is researching the occult aspect to this case and other missing children.
    I believe there is an occult aspect to the disappearance of my friend from West Gorton because I was one of the children approached by horrible smelly old ladies with an apple as we were on our way home and then gangstalked for ever by their stinking progeny. Well done Erica.

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by witchfinder general (Member 10300249) on 7-May-2015
    and as for simple plain english, when me and a little boy and my friend were locked screaming in a cupboard in a derelict house I didnt notice anyone understanding the simple words of help or leave us alone or I want to go home.

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by Erica Gregory (Member 10299926) on 7-May-2015
    You read a comment by a troll of the book by the way, and they have trolled many,, why not read the comments by the criminologists who have written what they think of the book and the work since which is bringing out more victims , we have the Diocese of Manchester supporting us, and all members of St James Gorton and public who have witnessed Brady doing things, like Tommy Rattigan who escaped Br... more >>

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by Erica Gregory (Member 10299926) on 7-May-2015
    e
    I have bought the book and read .. I have noticed many of the 1 star reviews have not purchased the book.. it was because of this I will state that they all must be Brady followers.. The book is en eye opener , it shows a side to Ian Brady which others have also seen in their contact with Brady over the years ,, Colin Wilson is just one,in his book A Plague of Murder , also includes the Moors M... more >>

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by Erica Gregory (Member 10299926) on 7-May-2015
    while I am on what does any one know of the Quality street gang and did Brady know of them also

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by witchfinder general (Member 10300249) on 7-May-2015
    Its not Bennet street not

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 7-May-2015
    Can't work out which witch is which. It is clear however that the loonies are taking this site over. I am out of here, ta ta.

  • Re: Robin Hood from Wigam by witchfinder general (Member 10300249) on 8-May-2015
    you dont mind using witchy language tho
    oooh ta ta

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Manchester, Sheffield, Railway, Aberdour Street by Jeepster (Member 10187810) on 5-Apr-2015
Hi Friends, I just wondered if anyone had any memories of these street that were demolished in the early seventies. Railway Street still exists and links Chapman Street to Froxmer Street. The little estate had the Albion Pub and Beattie's corner shop opposite the pub. My parents were Mollie and Albert Wilkinson. Mollie worked at Hugon's in Openshaw as a cleaner and was then a barmaid at The Ploug... more >>   
  • Re: Manchester, Sheffield, Railway, Aberdour Street by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 22-May-2015
    Hi Jeepster. Just been looking at old messages and find that I did know most of the pubs you mentioned and Railway Street. I travelled everyday between Froxmer Street and Chapman Street as I made my way to Varna Street School, this was between 1950 to 54. Not always on the actual street but mostly on the rough grassy area which ran close by. A narrow passage ran from Chapman Street, over the canal... more >>

  • Re: Manchester, Sheffield, Railway, Aberdour Street by Norma Jones (Member 10291343) on 6-Jun-2015
    My Auntie Edie & Uncle Stan lived on Sheffield Street at the end house nearest the grassy bank. Also my cousins John & Jimmy McEwan lived on same block

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Summer has arrived---------I think! by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 5-Apr-2015
Absolutely beautiful here today in the Far North of Scotland! After a week which has seen us battered by wind, rain, sleet and snow, a miracle of high pressure is bathing us in sunshine and its due to last most of the coming week! Sat out in the sun for the first time this year and two bottles of 'Old Peculier' have celebrated the occasion! What more could you want, come on now lets have some mem... more >>   
  • Re: Summer has arrived---------I think! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 6-Apr-2015
    Hi Jim
    My M/c trip was a complete washout I couldn't have chosen a worse week; Hail, storm force winds,lashing rain it was relentless( I visited my mams grave and the cemetery looked as if a tornado had ripped through it) I didn't venture near Gorton this time However I did force myself out to Galleries between invites from family and our daughter came down the last two days and we had a really... more >>

  • Re: Summer has arrived---------I think! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 6-Apr-2015
    P.S Jim
    Yes the weather is beautiful We sat in the garden yesterday too I was at church in the a.m and it is set on high ground What a magnificent view it affords across the Moray firth in your diection really beautiful
    Jean

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Gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone, Arizona, 1881. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 31-Mar-2015
Gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone, Arizona, 1881.

Throughout the Kansas summer months of 1881,
Ike Clanton had been itching for a fight,
New laws prevented citizens from carrying a gun,
But Ike believed to do so was ... more >>
  
  • Re: Gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone, Arizona, 1881. by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 1-Apr-2015
    I like it John.

  • Re: Gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone, Arizona, 1881. by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 5-Apr-2015
    John, you and Billy appear to be able to 'pour' out these poems at the drop of a hat! Why don't you get together and produce a collection ? I for one would be happy to purchase such a collection! Come on guys, you can do it!

  • Re: Gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone, Arizona, 1881. by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 5-Apr-2015
    Hi Jim, I think someone has put Bills odes together in some form of booklet. I'll give him a nudge to let you know.

  • Re: Gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone, Arizona, 1881. by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 5-Apr-2015
    "Poems and Ditties about Gorton and other things" Try this site Jim.

  • Re: Gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone, Arizona, 1881. by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 5-Apr-2015

    Back in the days of clogs and shawls
    And Chesters Mild and billiard halls
    When people weren't afraid of tripe
    And father couldn't afford a bike
    When fish and chips cost o... more >>

  • Re: Gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone, Arizona, 1881. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Jul-2015
    Another good'un Bill.

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Exploring------ by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 23-Mar-2015
Billy, how did your expedition on the Medlock go?
Anymore tales of daring-do out there, lets be hearing them! Hope we hear a full report from Jean on her return from M/C. Take care folks.
  
  • Re: Exploring------ by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 23-Mar-2015
    Had a great day at Clayton Vale and Philips park Cemetery and Reddish Vale Jim. The Medlock as it runs through the Cem became known as the red river because it was lined with Accrington bricks after the valley flooded in the 18th century causing many bodies to be disinterred.
    I posted on FB with some great photos. Shame we can't do that on here. We ended up in the Vale Cottage pub in Gorton drinking mucky beer.

  • Re: Exploring------ by frank bamford (Member 10299126) on 24-Mar-2015
    would this be the Billy Briggs I used to drink with in west gorton in the welly.

  • Re: Exploring------ by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Mar-2015
    Franky Abbo as I live and breathe. Are you still in Canada and are you on facebook?

  • Re: Exploring------ by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 24-Mar-2015
    Hi Jim
    I'm still hoping to get to the old place despite having a huge workload to get through but then M/c is my inspiration! Just hope it doesn't rain
    Nice to hear from you Jim
    Every good wish Jean

  • Re: Exploring------ by frank bamford (Member 10299126) on 25-Mar-2015
    yes Billy still in Canada how are you keeping mate its great to hear from you.Do you see any of the old mates how is Dave Munroe doing. We are on facebook under Anns name

  • Re: Exploring------ by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Mar-2015
    Can't find you on FB Frank. If you can find me "William Briggs." Not Billy Whizz. We can communicate better. Meet up with Munro in Gorton a couple of times a year and got pickies to show. Daves Ex Missus and me are friends on FB. I have not lived in Manchester for thirty odd years. A bit like yourself.

  • Re: Exploring------ by frank bamford (Member 10299126) on 27-Mar-2015
    we sent a friend request to you is that you at openshaw tec hope so Billy

  • Re: Exploring------ by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 27-Mar-2015
    Got it Frankie. I will dig out a recent picture of Munro. Bald as a badgers.

  • Re: Exploring------ by dave hodkinson (Member 10266434) on 22-Apr-2015
    Hi Frank, Long time no speak, not using the friends site any more.
    Hope you and yours are all well. Down at Gorton recently , "remember Belle Vue" exhibition at the Monastery. Now building new houses opposite motor st,crossley st .
    All the best Dave

  • Re: Exploring------ by frank bamford (Member 10299126) on 22-Apr-2015
    hi Dave mate hows it going with you we are great hope you are the same.this is a great site i found an old mate on this site we are on facebook under ann,s name keep in touch mate take care frank

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Jim whittaker by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 10-Mar-2015
A wild wild night here tonight Jim! have you got it? I was out earlier at my choir practice at Gordonstoun school community choir (about 120 members) and the wind was ferrocious the ring around the moon is a fishermans indicator of wild weather and the span was huge tonight
I have a very busy life but still hoping to get to MY Manchester at the end of the month
I am getting a bit old to be doi... more >>
  
  • Re: Jim whittaker by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 10-Mar-2015
    On Friday I will be exploring the course of the River Medlock through Clayton Vale and Philips Park Cemetery. Must be 40 years since I was there.

  • Re: Jim whittaker by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 11-Mar-2015
    Hi Jean. a wild night it was!! No damage but not much sleep either which was a pity as we were on the first train to Inverness yesterday! Planned as a 'flying visit' just to pick up some items and back on the 2pm. As we discovered there was storm debris on the line, stopped three times whilst it was cleared, horror trip. Had time to dash to M&S for sarnies/drinks and then back for the return trip,... more >>

  • Re: Jim whittaker by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 11-Mar-2015
    hello again Jim
    Did you ever see that Mural of the coronation in Openshaw It was huge and a work of art I ask because I thought I read earlier that you knew Openshaw quite well

  • Re: Jim whittaker by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 12-Mar-2015
    Sorry Jean, not paying attention ! I only attended school in Openshaw and did not knock about much in that area! However, I have a picture in my mind of what we are talking about and I feel sure I have seen that mural sometime in the past. I did spend quite a bit of time in the Abbey Hey area on my G/fathers allotment which was opposite where the old mills used to be!
    Another wild day in Sarclet,... more >>

  • Re: Jim whittaker by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 12-Mar-2015
    Thanks Jim!
    Jean

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