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Clay Street gorton by godge70 (Member 10262923) on 30-Jun-2011
Does anyone remember the crokers Georgina and frank.
We lived in clay street gorton in the early 70s. too many people to remember but can think of a few.
Chris Hannan, leggsy, skelly, jan dixon, alma turnbull kath udall to name a few. Hope some-one remembers us. Would like to get in contact with anyone who knows us. Have some great memories of them days.
  
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Help Needed by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 28-Jun-2011
Can any body help please? I am looking for I.S.B.N for Images of England: Gorton. by Jill Cronin, and A History of Gorton and Openshaw. by Ernest France. many thanks in advance.   
  • Re: Help Needed by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 28-Jun-2011
    History of Gorton & Openshaw ( just type in Gorton and Openshaw into Amazon Books ) By E france is ISBN-10 0951552805 And ISBN-13 978-0951552803 it was on sale at Amazon Books. Amazon have lots of titles similar to Images of England but not the author you mention.

  • Re: Help Needed by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 28-Jun-2011
    Further searching reveals:- Gorton ( images of England ) ISBN 0752415719 by J Cronin. If you type " Images of England Gorton" into Google the 6th one down will say "Sources of Information" and has lots of info about publications for in and around Gorton.
    I haven't lived in Gorton for 46 years I have a brother who still lives there and i find this site fascinating as every now and then a nam... more >>

  • Re: Help Needed by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 29-Jun-2011
    Many thanks, Dave. You are not THEE Dave Jones of The Monkees Fame by any chance ??.

  • Re: Help Needed by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 29-Jun-2011
    No not that one, got up to a few monkey tricks though.

  • Re: Help Needed by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 29-Jun-2011
    ssssssshhhhhhhhhh. Didn't we all....John Holmes is watching, hahaha lol. thanks again.

  • Re: Help Needed by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 29-Jun-2011
    Dave, you should have said yes. You would have taken me in. I'm a believer. (pun)

  • Re: Help Needed by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 29-Jun-2011
    Yeah, I'm a bit of a "DAYDREAM BELIEVER" ( 1967 )
    to. haha.

  • Re: Help Needed by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 29-Jun-2011
    Why I asked was, that way back I used to have a girl friend (Beryl Fisher / Lees st.Where are you now.)and her older sister used to go out with the REAL Dave Jones.No more than that. Thanks again.

  • Re: Help Needed by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 29-Jun-2011
    With THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE (1967) we TOOK THE LAST TRAIN TO CLARKESVILLE ( 1966 )to

  • Re: Help Needed by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 29-Jun-2011
    With THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE (1967) we TOOK THE LAST TRAIN TO CLARKESVILLE ( 1966 )to LISTEN TO THE BAND (1969 )but it was all GOOD CLEAN FUN (1969 ).....no more please. haha lol.

  • Re: Help Needed by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 29-Jun-2011
    Ever been sorry you spoke ?.

  • Re: Help Needed by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 29-Jun-2011
    yip!!! sorry. lol.

  • Re: Help Needed by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 30-Jun-2011
    Dave, it's alright coming on here with your dubious claims to fame, but I'm not your steppin' stone.
    :-)

    That's enough now.

  • Re: Help Needed by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 30-Jun-2011
    Just changed my name to Joe Bloggs.

  • Re: Help Needed by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 1-Jul-2011
    Your not THEE joe Bloggs,:) are you?
    Joe Bloggs Clothing
    A fashion website selling Joe Bloggs branded clothing for boys and teens.

    joebloggsclothing.co.uk........haha PMSL. LOL!

  • Re: Help Needed by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 1-Jul-2011
    I give up.

  • Re: Help Needed by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 1-Jul-2011
    you lot have got far too much time on your hands lol

  • Re: Help Needed by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 1-Jul-2011
    hold my hands up. All good fun, no harm intended.But funny.lol. Now your not THEE HELEN lORD???????????????.PMSL.

  • Re: Help Needed by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Jul-2011
    Funny, but yesterday (Saturday) I drove down Hyde Road from Denton, and past Clumber Road, where I believe that Davy JONES was born.
    It hasn't changed at all there until you get to Reddish Bridge and on to Far Lane.
    It was great to drive down Tan Yard Brow and not get that terrible stink from the Tannery like when I was a nipper.
    Wellington Street looks like going downhill now, but at least the... more >>

  • Re: Help Needed by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 3-Jul-2011
    Dave, it's the fault of your parents. They christened you David, and I must admit Dave Jones is a very unusual name. I'd never heard of it until I watched the Monkees.

    (Do ignore me, sense of humour a bit warped, but I enjoy it. :-).

    John, (Holmes) These nostalgia trips are only saddening. I'd say that 85% of other places have also been spoilt by 'progress'. But we've been privileged to live... more >>

  • Re: Help Needed by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Jul-2011
    Peter, That's so true mate.
    It's funny, but the more I go back, the sadder I feel.
    It's almost as though you don't want to let go of your childhood, but your dead right, it's time to file the memories under "GONE" and just move on for me.

  • Re: Help Needed by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 3-Jul-2011
    Davy Jones of the Monkees fame did live in Clumber road but with his gran or other relation i dont think he was born there, I lived just over Reddish bridge not far from him and can vaguely remember the small interest from the girls visiting Clumber road to see if he was there but he was in the USA at the time. He did appear in Coronation St before the Monkees. At the time nobody linked my name ... more >>

  • Re: Help Needed by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 7-Sep-2011
    Never let go of the memories John, I won't, it's part of our make up, it's like forgetting your family.

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Anyone out there who lived in Blackwin Street, and, or went to All Saints School? by Patricia Crossley (Member 10252199) on 25-Jun-2011
Hi all
I lived on Blackwin Street until 1963 and attended All Saints school.Anyone else out there? My maiden name was Garry.
  
  • Re: Anyone out there who lived in Blackwin Street, and, or went to All Saints School? by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 27-Jun-2011
    Were you near Lenardoe's Pies, or the Gorton Park end? Lenardoe's building is still standing, and was last used as an hairdressers. My great grandad use to live on Blackwin Street just passed Godson St, ( facing Bobby's Croft.)
    Do you remember the name of the coal yard on the corner of Birch St and Godson St ?

  • Re: Anyone out there who lived in Blackwin Street, and, or went to All Saints School? by mavis fluerty (Member 10062155) on 16-Aug-2011
    Hi,
    Lived in neill street was in Audrey's class at All Saints your sister?

  • Re: Anyone out there who lived in Blackwin Street, and, or went to All Saints School? by Patricia Crossley (Member 10252199) on 8-Sep-2011
    Hi Mavis, think we have communicated before, via
    Friends Reunited. Trust that you are well. Will tell Audrey that you remember your school days together.

  • Re: Anyone out there who lived in Blackwin Street, and, or went to All Saints School? by Patricia Crossley (Member 10252199) on 8-Sep-2011
    Hi Paul, will do some family research re. the coal yard. Don't remember it myself but family may do.

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The HOLMES/PHILLIPS/QUINN Family of Gorton by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Jun-2011
Dear All,
I am trying to find details of the above, and would appreciate memories that anyone may have:
My great-uncle Samuel HOLME(S)was born at Garsdale in the Yorkshire Dales in 1878.
He married Agnes Laura PHILLIPS of 99, Taylor Street, Gorton at the Congregational Church on Church (Cambert) Lane, Gorton and they had one child, a girl, Minnie HOLMES, who was born in 1910.
Samuel HOLMES(S)... more >>
  
  • Re: The HOLMES/PHILLIPS/QUINN Family of Gorton by colin barber (Member 10261221) on 27-Jun-2011
    Hi John,

    I don't know if it is any help, but I used to go to school with a girl called Angela Quinn, that was in the 70's. She and her family lived on Wisteria Road off Chapman Street...

  • Re: The HOLMES/PHILLIPS/QUINN Family of Gorton by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Jun-2011
    Thanks Colin, I'll start there mate.

  • Re: The HOLMES/PHILLIPS/QUINN Family of Gorton by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Jul-2011
    Colin,
    I drew a blank there but many thanks mate,
    John.

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Belle vue zoo by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 22-Jun-2011
Does anyone remember the yearly statement in the local paper, which read, "Belle Vue zoo, has been bombarded with so many phone calls again to day, asking is Mr Lion there?" it was repeated every April fool's day.   
  • Re: Belle vue zoo by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Jun-2011
    Mary, would that have been Mr C Lions?

  • Re: Belle vue zoo by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 24-Jun-2011
    Could be John, I never thought of that.

  • Re: Belle vue zoo by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 2-Sep-2011
    SO DISSOPOINTED THAT THERE WASN'T MORE ON THE SUBJECT OF BELLE VUE, THERE MUST BE MILLIONS WITH A TALE TO TELL FOR WE WILL NEVER FORGET BELLE VUE SURELY ........GORTON HAS NEVER BEEN THE SAME WITHOUT IT

  • Re: Belle vue zoo by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 5-Sep-2011
    Hi Mary
    Have you gone back onto some of the older threads about Belle Vue. Can you remember when a monkey escaped, there is quite a bit about Belle Vue, speedway, fireworks displays etc,etc.It takes some trolling through but if you have time there are loads of memories there for you.
    Dave

  • Re: Belle vue zoo by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 5-Sep-2011
    Yes Dave, I remember the monkey escaping, all the kids passed a rumour that it was a Lion had escaped, we were daft enough to follow the crowd though to investigate

  • Re: Belle vue zoo by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 5-Sep-2011
    I went on all the rides, even the famous Bobs, so confident was I , even sat on the front and the back seat alone.

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OLD FREINDS by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 22-Jun-2011
WHO WAS IT LOOKING FOR A GUY CALLED DAVE GRIMSHAW
FROM WOODLAND RD AREA,
  
  • Re: OLD FREINDS by julie (Member 10255407) on 22-Jun-2011
    Hi , does anyone know of two sisters one called Mavis and one called Jean will be in their 70's.
    I think lived around the Ryder Brow area was that part of Gorton anyway ( top end of Hyde Road
    Its the surname of the sisters I am after.
    I believe Mavis married a Gordon her sister married a Roy .... I think
    any info will be great ... thanks Julie

  • Re: OLD FREINDS by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 22-Jun-2011
    It's probably not the same two Julie, but the only two I knew of with the same names lived in Barnard Road, Gorton - Mavis and Jean Holland. Unfortunately Mavis died young so it will probably not be the one you are after. Strange though, because I think this Mavis married a Gordon too and would have been in her seventies now as is Jean? Sorry I can't be more help.

  • Re: OLD FREINDS by julie (Member 10255407) on 23-Jun-2011
    Hi Jack
    Thankyou for your message, Mavis is still alive but the chap she married Gordon has died about 5 yrs ago ish he was in his 70's it could be the same ones but perhaps someone could add further info , thanks again Jack

  • Re: OLD FREINDS by julie (Member 10255407) on 23-Jun-2011
    Update , the Gordon was a regular in the Gorton Mount pub and his parents lived when they were alive in the 70's on Stanley Grove

  • Re: OLD FREINDS by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 27-Jun-2011
    Hi Julie. With regards to the Holland family, they lived opposite Second Ave when I lived there.Not sure about Mavis, but I certainly knew Jean Holland. A few of us used to knock about together. Harry Anderson lived next door. Others were Margaret Wilkinson, Muriel Cork Hilda Beaumont, and a John (can`t remember surname), also Desmond Booth, moved to Second Ave. from Balmain Ave. Does anyone recal... more >>

  • Re: OLD FREINDS by julie (Member 10255407) on 30-Jun-2011
    Thanks Roy , not the same Mavis and Jean I dont think .
    The Mavis and Jean did live around the Ryder Brow area both in their 70's both still alive.
    Mavis Married a Gordon and Jean married a Roy.
    Mavis's ex husband Gordon died a few yrs back but they had been devorced for many years perhaps 30 or so yrs.
    Gordon did drink in the Mount and he last lived near Suttons club on Suttons estate.
    He h... more >>

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Strange Old Sayings You Heard as a Child by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 22-Jun-2011
Does anyone else remember some of the strange sayings we heard in Gorton and West Gorton as kids?
Here's a few I remember and what I think they meant:
"Live horse and get grass" - which meant, if you live your life a certain way, then you get what you deserve out of life.
"Don't talk like a ha'penny book" - which meant, don't talk so much rubbish.
"You've a head full of Dolly Mixtures" - which... more >>
  
  • Re: Strange Old Sayings You Heard as a Child by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 22-Jun-2011
    My mam used to tell me that I looked like "The Wreck of The Espress" when I was untidy. I found out years later that it was a ship that had foundered some place.

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Strange Old Sayings You Heard as a Child by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 22-Jun-2011
Does anyone else remember some of the strange sayings we heard in Gorton and West Gorton as kids?
Here's a few I remember and what I think they meant:
"Live horse and get grass" - which meant, if you live your life a certain way, then you get what you deserve out of life.
"Don't talk like a ha'penny book" - which meant, don't talk so much rubbish.
"You've a head full of Dolly Mixtures" - which... more >>
  
  • Re: Strange Old Sayings You Heard as a Child by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 22-Jun-2011
    Oooooops sorry everyone - slip of the mouse. John.

  • Re: Strange Old Sayings You Heard as a Child by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 22-Jun-2011
    Nice one John....When I was learning to get dressed by my self , my big sister used to say I looked like a " HAWE GAWE " ?????? After all these years I still cannot fathom that saying out. But I knew it meant I was a scruffy little so and so.( still no change here then as my missus sez. ) lol.

  • Re: Strange Old Sayings You Heard as a Child by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 22-Jun-2011
    Not so much as an old saying but every new Years Day, Dad would say to us "If you stand at the top of the street, you will see a man with as many noses as there are days in a year. If you ask him for 5/-, he will pay up"

    Of course we looked for a man with 365 noses, but never saw him, even after standing there for over an hour. We were only about 7 years old, but that got us out of the house. H... more >>

  • Re: Strange Old Sayings You Heard as a Child by Patricia Crossley (Member 10252199) on 17-Oct-2011
    Yes, I remember looking out for "Joe Nose" on New years eve!! Happy days!

  • Re: Strange Old Sayings You Heard as a Child by Robert (Bob) Moore (Member 10099906) on 18-Dec-2011
    "HAWE GAWE" would have been "Oh Gawd"(God) with a broad Manchester accent

  • Re: Strange Old Sayings You Heard as a Child by Robert (Bob) Moore (Member 10099906) on 18-Dec-2011
    "HAWE GAWE" would have been "Oh Gawd"(God) with a broad Manchester accent

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ADOBE by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Jun-2011
Does anybody on here do Adobe,I love it renewing damaged photographs facinates me, along with the other clever things done with pictures.   
  • Re: ADOBE by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 23-Jun-2011
    Yes, Mary, I use Adobe to touch photos up. The only problem I have sometimes is if the face has a big scratch on it. The rest of the body and surrounds is nearly always easy to take care of and repair, but the face, when in bad condition, well, that's another story. I recently found an old school photo from Gorton Mount with my girl friend of later years in it, and she had a big scratch mark right... more >>

  • Re: ADOBE by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 23-Jun-2011
    It is very hard to do the face, you have to get it as large as you can, and clone with a very small brush, it's sort of hit and miss, and if the crack is near the nose, all the more disfiguring, I like the challenge though, if you want me to have a try you can't lose anything by e mailing me the photo if you want to, at harke33@googlemail.com

  • Re: ADOBE by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 23-Jun-2011
    I have saved myself a small fortune in making cards and invites, but lost alot on doing it for friends and relations, as I hate to ask a charge, and with a couple of hundred invites the ink and materials run expensive, I do love to design them though, and never get fed up with the work put into it all. I don't know what I would do without my photoshop 7

  • Re: ADOBE by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 24-Jun-2011
    Cheers Mary, I will do that. I will have to find the photo again first. I will try and get it off to you today because I am off the Babbacombe for two weeks tomorrow. Thanks again.

  • Re: ADOBE by David Mills (Member 10264731) on 11-Feb-2012
    Hi Yes have used Adobe now for near on 20 years started off with adobe one when you had to use about ten floppy disc to load it on to your p.c this was way before cd and dvd was out. I still use it today with my work as a pro photographer. No photo ever goes to print without some work being done first with adobe. White balance not always accurate on digi cameras not like film cameras, even the mos... more >>

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Comunication by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Jun-2011
I used to love writing and receiving letters, infact I still do, but doesn't it seem pointless now, when you can send and receive news much more quickely, would you want to be without a mobile or computer? although they can spoil the social side of life, and cause people to be so ignorant at times, when people ignore you when using them.
  
  • Re: Comunication by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 17-Jun-2011
    I love writing and receiving letters myself, Mary, but you're right I would certainly miss my computer, though not so much my mobile phone. I think a mobile comes in very handy for emergencies such as letting people know where you are or what time your train gets in or what time you will be home, or your children letting you know they are safe. Unfortunately most of today's teenagers never have th... more >>

  • Re: Comunication by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Jun-2011
    Like Jack, my pet hate is having a peaceful journey constantly interrupted by inane conversations people have on their mobile phones.
    The way they shout down the thing really annoys me, and if you listen to the conversations there's hardly any real substance to them.
    Most consist of:- "how are you?" "yes, we're fine," "yes so and so's fine too," "how's the weather with you?", "yes, it's raining ... more >>

  • Re: Comunication by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 21-Jun-2011
    Does anyone else hate that phrase shouted into mobile phones - "WHATEVER"?, usually abbreviated to "WORREVVERR"?

  • Re: Comunication by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 21-Jun-2011
    I couldn't have described it better, John? That was exactly the same performance I experienced on the train to Torquay and other places. I wonder sometimes if today's generation are capable of sitting still and absorbing what is around them - the beauty of the countryside, architecture, people etc. All I ever hear is, "I'm bored." What about reading a book then? Do they not read books these days? ... more >>

  • Re: Comunication by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 21-Jun-2011
    Jack,
    How true's that?
    They have no idea what they are missing by not reading books, they transported you and I to other worlds, and all I do is try and get my grand-children into reading good books - mixed success I'm afraid.

  • Re: Comunication by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 21-Jun-2011
    Or yes we read some great books at school, and Gorton Library was a must, I loved the "Just William" books I think that's why I was so mischievous, I loved the pranks him and his gang got up to, school doesn't seem to teach the same to day, kids don't seem to have singing lessons either, we would walk home from school with a song on our minds that we could sing and enjoy years after, and if they ... more >>

  • Re: Comunication by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 22-Jun-2011
    I love to relax with a pint in the pub and a good book. I don't get the time to do it much, apart from when on holiday. Trouble is you get funny looks and comments from people, mainly those who sit in there all day every day, staring into space and occasionally talking about something they saw or heard while they weren't in the pub. You're all correct. You can enter a different world in a book, bu... more >>

  • Re: Comunication by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 31-Aug-2011
    In one lesson at school, we were asked, What age we would like to be, and why? I said 18 years of age, God! i wouldn't for the world give the same reply these days.

  • Re: Comunication by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 31-Aug-2011
    Hello, and welcome back........Didn't see you on shameless last night, haha.

  • Re: Comunication by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 31-Aug-2011
    When I go to visit relatives in Shropshire, one nephew kids me up about "Why don't you join the cast? do you know what John, I have never even seen it on TV but watched it a few times being acted on our area.

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More Pubs Shut by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 17-Jun-2011
The Travellers Call is up for sale, and the Nags Head is boarded up - both in West Gorton. Unbelievable. But with the cost of drinks and the overheads in pubs it's not surprising really. You could go on a pub crawl at one time in Gorton, and be merry after about 100 yards.   
  • Re: More Pubs Shut by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 17-Jun-2011
    Please could you tell me where these pubs are, as I can't just recall them, ta. It's been far to long since Ive been in Gorton / Manchester / England.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 17-Jun-2011
    Hi John, almost opposite where the Speedway used to be. Probably not quite, but on the main Hyde Road

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Jun-2011
    The Nags Head is on the corner of Birch Street. and the Travellers is a a few yards from it going towards town (Both on Hyde Road) Thanks for the news, I live just behind them.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Jun-2011
    The Nags Head is on the corner of Birch Street. and the Travellers is a a few yards from it going towards town (Both on Hyde Road) Thanks for the news, I live just behind them.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Jun-2011
    The Nags Head is on the corner of Birch Street. and the Travellers is a a few yards from it going towards town (Both on Hyde Road) Thanks for the news, I live just behind them.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Jun-2011
    The Nags Head is on the corner of Birch Street. and the Travellers is a a few yards from it going towards town (Both on Hyde Road) Thanks for the news, I live just behind them.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Jun-2011
    Sorry for that folk, my computer has gone funny

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 17-Jun-2011
    Many thanks.I will now look on the old maps that i received via here. Thanks again.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 17-Jun-2011
    It's not so much the price of drinks that is closing the pubs, as the ban on smoking. You see, nobody had the sense to suggest having smoking and no smoking pubs, or a blue room with adequate extraction that would have offended no one. I packed up smoking twenty-five years, but had I still been a heavy smoker and the drinker I once was, there is no way I would go in a pub either if I couldn't have a smoke.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 17-Jun-2011
    thought you had a stammer there mary lol

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 17-Jun-2011
    i have to agree with jack,as an ex smoker i still end up outside a pub with my friends who still smoke,and so do all the other non smokers,its no fun being the only one in a pub when everyone else is outside having fun and fags lol

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 17-Jun-2011
    Hi, guys...Just had a look at the old map.Question for you. If you turned into Birch st. from Hyde rd. Was there not a nightclub or something on the right hand side??? in an old cinema or old big building??? maybe a bingo hall??? i'm sure you will tell me many thanks.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Jun-2011
    Yes that was the Corona cinema , it later became the southern sporting club, and had some well known celebraties there, then it became (another place I forget) Anyway it went down hill after that and the kids set fire to it, and it had to be pulled down, I have a nice picture of it when it was the "Corona" it was a nice looking building.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Jun-2011
    Where the Corona was, is now an office block, and next door to it is a travel lodge, behind the office block (on Hyde Road ) there is now a petrol station and little shop.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Jun-2011
    On a visit to West Gorton about three years ago, I had a lunch-time pint in the very last old pub left standing on Clowes Street, but sadly I can't remember its name.
    It was on the left-hand-side just as you turn into Clowes Street off Hyde Road, and immediately next to the old Conway Cinema.
    I was born at 124 Clowes Street in 1947.
    At its height, there were thirteen pubs on the street, and whe... more >>

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Jun-2011
    Here's an idea!
    Why don't the housing egg-heads try re-building a few rows of terraced houses, with small paved front areas with low railings and gates and with small gardens at the back instead of the old flagstone back-yards we were all used to.
    They could still be back-to-back, and with central heating, double-glazing and decent windows and doors they would certainly appeal to people.
    How ha... more >>

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by colin barber (Member 10261221) on 20-Jun-2011
    I think that pub near the corner of clowes street was called the "Dolphin"...

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 21-Jun-2011
    Thanks Colin, it WAS the Dolphin - sadly now a pile of rubble.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 21-Jun-2011
    O.K. So what was the bingo hall called next to that pub. also just down that snickket was a works? what was that called...... Your all doing my haed in, HaHa ,lol It's making me homesick!!!

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 21-Jun-2011
    I think the works at the side of the Conway may have been Holden and Brooke's.
    No idea about the Bingo Hall though.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 21-Jun-2011
    I think the Conway and the bingo hall were one and the same place. Could be wrong though! Like a lot of cinemas in those days they became bingo halls after closure.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 21-Jun-2011
    I've lived in West Gorton all of my life, but can't remember any Bingo Hall at all near the Dolphin (Sorry )

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 21-Jun-2011
    Do you know what I think, West Gorton would have been a much better place than it is to day, if the old faces were still amongst us,we all think alike, and were all brought up alike. I know people have to better their selves in life, as with my own kids they have moved away from each other and me, but I do hate friends and relations being parted.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 23-Jun-2011
    Hi John, I pass Clowes Street each night and morning, and the Dolphin is still up. It says "bar and restaurant", but like most places it's boarded up.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 23-Jun-2011
    Sorry for misleading you John cos my husband say's he does remember a Bingo Hall, the Central picture house (Known to us local's as the "Bug Hut") he remembers was a bingo hall for so short a while no one seems to remember it, then it became a workshop for building fire surrounds.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 23-Jun-2011
    Mary, no problems, I had a look on google street map today,,pub and the bingo hall are still there.my mum would go to that bingo hall to change her luck,( bad to worse )many thanks anyway...PS hasn't west gorton changed, what happened to the Gorton Brook pub? It used to be on the corner of Clowes st. ..not any more. Wasn't there two lots of High rise flats further down Clowes st.?? think Iv'e lost... more >>

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 23-Jun-2011
    No there was no flats on Clowes Street John, But there was Greenwood House Flats on Bennett Street and Brookhouse Flats on Gorton Lane (Near the Monastery) and Adams House on Gorton Lane near to Cross Street Adams House is still there The Gorton Brook was pulled down

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by julie (Member 10255407) on 23-Jun-2011
    Greenwood house flats if you went down Kirkamshulme Lane Bell vue,just past Pink Bank Lane were they on the left hand side, if you carried on down Kirky Lane you ended up on Stockport Road , am I right ?

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 24-Jun-2011
    Sorry Mary, yes you are right, the flats I was on about are...Wenlock court. corner of Wenlock way / kniveton Rd.... and Benedict Court on Rearbrook Ave. / kniveton rd. Had to go on google street maps again to find them.. thought they were there somewhere. but hasn't it all changed down that neck of the woods. I used to cut through them flats to get to a friends house on Bennett st. last block bef... more >>

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 24-Jun-2011
    Ps. Brookhouse, Surrey Gdns, and Hartland Gdns, were a different type of Flats,Had some good mates in all of above. Sound people one and all.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 24-Jun-2011
    You may be right Julie, I get mixed up in Bennett Street name of flat and Kirkmanshulme Lane flats one was Heywood House and the other was Greenwood House

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 24-Jun-2011
    Yes John. I had a lot of mates in Brook House Flats, as it was right next to my school, St Francis My husband went to Thomas Street so although we didn't know each other until the age of 17 we found we had a lot of friends we both knew.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Jun-2011
    When I was born at Christmas 1947, the only midwife in West Gorton lived at Brookhouse flats.
    My Dad told me before he died in 1995 that he ran through a snowstorm to get her to come and tend my mother in my grandmother's house in Clowes Street.
    Dad ran back, and the midwifed cycle through the snow - hardy ladies were those midwives!

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 24-Jun-2011
    Does anyone remember Nurse Kirkwood? the only midwife I remember living in Birch Street West Gorton

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 25-Jun-2011
    I remember her vaguely, she lived just a stones throw away from our house in Sutton St. My mother told me that6 it6 was Miss Kirkwood who delivered me in the back bedroom. The things that we remember!

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 19-Jul-2011
    I was in Denton last night and the Angel is open again. I don't know for how long but it was good to see that it was open. I was in the car so i did not go in

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 5-Aug-2011
    Now the Nags Head in West Gorton is boarded up, and there is a sign up at the Travellers Call inviting interest. Surely the tongues in West Gorton must be hanging out with what must now be a shortage of pubs. In 10-20 years time I think the English pub will be regarded as a historic quaint custom.

  • Re: More Pubs Shut by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 5-Aug-2011
    To those who are not paying attention, I must have been having a senior moment as I started this thread off with the last bit of info. Where's me tablets?

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Fog in Manchester by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 16-Jun-2011
Yes Peter! those coal fires did a lot of damage to people's health, especially when the chimney needed sweeping, and it was foggy indoors too, and John I thought you were about to agree with my other half, my statement just caused an arguement between us he insisted the lady in
question died through a snowy icey night not fog, I have a feeling he is right, but I'm not telling him that.
  
  • Re: Fog in Manchester by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Jun-2011
    I remember my first year (1959) at Manchester Central Grammar School in Whitworth Street in town - across the road from the old Fire Station.
    The smog was so bad that we were all issued with those white linen face masks, and when I got home to Clowes Street, there was an oily stain all over my face outside of the line of the mask.
    One of the main causes was this:
    The Manchester Corporation Tran... more >>

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Fog in Manchester by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 16-Jun-2011
Does anyone remember the thick fog we had in Gorton years ago? I remember one such time as a young girl, I read in the local paper of some old dear cutting through Gorton park on the way home from a night in the pub, the night was really foggy, and she had twisted her ankle in the middle of cutting through the park, and was found dead next morning.   
  • Re: Fog in Manchester by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 16-Jun-2011
    Sorry......... That wasn't FOG it was me mam Burning our tea AGAIN, haha .

  • Re: Fog in Manchester by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 16-Jun-2011
    I remember fog being bad news for the chest Mary, and that was as recent as the 1960's. It was obviously smog due to coal fires and factory chimneys. Yes, the fog we get now is nowhere near as bad as we used to have, nor as often.

  • Re: Fog in Manchester by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 17-Jun-2011
    I used to go to St. Johns college in Manchester,c 52/53, and I can recall days when it was as dark as night at midday- literally. there were days when the "sky" was sometimes brown, green or orangy yellow, and the fog was `thick as a bag` as we used to say. Before the trams disappeared (1948),they would be the only means of transport on these thick foggy days,with of course rails to guide them. Th... more >>

  • Re: Fog in Manchester by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Jun-2011
    Those thick fogs were really frightening, you never knew whether you were on the pavement or the road, and sometimes there would be a vehicle chancing things although moving very slow, you didn't know whether you were going to walk into a car head on.

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The Essoldo Cinema, Mount Road by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 15-Jun-2011
I remember three queues; 6d, 9d and 1/-. I seem to recall that once you had got in after paying, you could really go to any seat you liked. I think it became like this towards the end (1968-69)

Anyone else remember that, or can correct me?
  
  • Re: The Essoldo Cinema, Mount Road by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 15-Jun-2011
    I can't remember the prices at the Essoldo, although I went there often, but 1/- sounds cheap for the back seats, the Corona at the back was 1/6 I remember the Speedway being 1/6 too. now that is £17 each, when I remarked on this expence someone said "well they pay more than that at the football stadium".

  • Re: The Essoldo Cinema, Mount Road by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 6-Jul-2011
    An old joke, I think by Bernard Manning:
    A chap went to a football match, and was asked for ten shillings to get in. He said "ten shilling? I can go to a brothel for that"
    The man at the gate said "Yeah, but you won't get 45 minutes each way and a band at half time"

  • Re: The Essoldo Cinema, Mount Road by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 9-Jul-2011
    Peter, another Manning Classic:
    At two minutes to three, Sebastian Coe turns up at Old Trafford to see Manchester United play Chelsea, and is anxious to get in for the kick-off.
    The Gateman looks at his ticket and says "sorry mate, you're at the wrong gate, yours is right round the other side of the ground, you'll have to get a move on".
    "But I'm Sebastian Coe" bleats his Lordship.
    "Well it wo... more >>

  • Re: The Essoldo Cinema, Mount Road by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 12-Jul-2011
    More Manning jokes:

    I went to see that Pavarotti last week and he was a right miserable git. He doesn’t like it when you join in.

    Quasimodo was running down the street chased by a group of kids. He said, ‘For the last time, I haven’t got your foot... more >>

  • Re: The Essoldo Cinema, Mount Road by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 12-Jul-2011
    Hi Peter
    What about the Jewish Kamikaze Pilot who crashed his plane in his brothers scrapyard.
    Dave

  • Re: The Essoldo Cinema, Mount Road by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 12-Jul-2011
    Bloke opens his front door and sees a man running past, soaked in sweat and wild-eyed.
    "What's up pal?" he says.
    "There's a tiger escaped from the zoo".
    "Which was is it going?" asks the householder.
    "Well, you don't think I'm chasing it do you?".

  • Re: The Essoldo Cinema, Mount Road by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 12-Jul-2011
    For WAS please read WAY

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Old movie star by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 15-Jun-2011
What by gone day movie star did you fall for, i loved Tyrone Power, then heard he was gay, and it put a dampenor on it, I heard my other heart throb Gene Kelly was gay too, but I refused to believe that one.   
  • Re: Old movie star by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 15-Jun-2011
    i remember my mother being most put out when she found out that rock hudson was gay,it was hilarious

  • Re: Old movie star by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 15-Jun-2011
    See your mum had goog taste too Helen (I know how she felt, I was thinking of him too)

  • Re: Old movie star by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 15-Jun-2011
    Sorry I Meant good taste, I got carried away.

  • Re: Old movie star by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 15-Jun-2011
    i remember going to the local odeon on a saturday possibly paying a shilling and getting the film,popcorn and a drink,mum and dad dropped me off there while they went shopping,i could only have been 5 or 6

  • Re: Old movie star by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Jun-2011
    I was madly in love with the singer Kathy Kirby, until I found out she was gay - it nearly ruined my childhood.
    One of my cowboy heroes was Jeff Chandler - and a few years ago the late, great Jane Russell told a story about him inviting her back to his Hollywood pad for a drink and what she presumed would be a romantic encounter - only to see his appear at the top of the stairs wearing a woman's ... more >>

  • Re: Old movie star by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 24-Jun-2011
    Jeff Chandler was married to Esther Williams, John, and when she found out about his cross dressing, she went into his walk-in wardrobe and nearly fainted. She said he had dearer dresses and shoes than she had; his wardrobe of women's clothes was worth thousands. Randolph Scott was one of my favourites and even he was gay, living with Cary Grant for many years. I'm a bit of a film buff and I can ... more >>

  • Re: Old movie star by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Jun-2011
    Good God Jack, Randolph Scott?
    That's a real eye-opener.
    Mind you Jack, didn't he always wear his cowboy hat's strap right underneath his chin?
    Sure sign I would say mate?

  • Re: Old movie star by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 24-Jun-2011
    Good one that, John. I'll be looking in western from now on to see who has their hat strapped down. Ha, ha.Mind you at least he had his hat strapped on, the others used to knock seven bells out of each other, do cartwheels through the saloon doors and their hats never came off and they weren't strapped down. Some hats they were?

  • Re: Old movie star by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Jun-2011
    That's very true Jack.
    You have to laugh, I know they were our bread and butter when we were kids, but when you look at them now, some of the things you notice, like the women dressed in immaculate dresses and make-up with permed hair, the men falling off horses and getting right back up without a limp or a scratch.
    The way their clothes were always pressed and the men wore neat neckerchiefs - v... more >>

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A poverty dinner by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 14-Jun-2011
Lets hear some of the cheapest make do dinner you had as a kid, I,ve had a mug of oxo with bread in it, shared a meat & potatoe pie, and often had a cup of milk with toast fingers dipped in it, do i enjoy or feel better on my modern day good meals? not really, there was something about those make do meals we enjoyed as kids.   
  • Re: A poverty dinner by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 14-Jun-2011
    hi i dont think im quite as old as some on here(sorry!!!!)but i always knew when my mum and dad were a bit skint because we had potato fritters,and i still love them and i made them for my children when i wasnt skint x

  • Re: A poverty dinner by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 14-Jun-2011
    Hi Helen, I was going to say there's one good thing about them old days, you didn't have to spend time over a hot stove cooking, you didn't have the money half the time for the meter,let alone the food, but it's surprising how many of these young ones don't cook, they live on take aways, they must spend a fortune.

  • Re: A poverty dinner by julie (Member 10255407) on 14-Jun-2011
    Potato fritters ???? a make do meal Helen
    you must have been posh

  • Re: A poverty dinner by julie (Member 10255407) on 14-Jun-2011
    Mary , I dont think the kids would know what an oxo is

  • Re: A poverty dinner by julie (Member 10255407) on 14-Jun-2011
    cant beat a a good pan of potato hash, better the following day

  • Re: A poverty dinner by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 15-Jun-2011
    Potatoes, peas and bacon - I love it still, especially withe bacon fat dripped over the potatoes.
    Porridge with ice cold "sterra" milk.
    Sugar "butties", the cheapest meal we ever ate.

  • Re: A poverty dinner by julie (Member 10255407) on 15-Jun-2011
    Morning ! I used to enjoy brown sauce butties.
    What happened to Adams best butter in the yellow striped wrapper.
    Lots of butter on the market now and my mam still says best butter even its another brand
    dont think you can get Adams best butter now

  • Re: A poverty dinner by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 15-Jun-2011
    Bacon ribs and cabbage with butter all over it, although I might find that a little bland nowadays. Mum used to soak the salt out of them overnight.

    I used to love Sharples meat and potato pies. A treat for lunch with gravy or Oxo.

  • Re: A poverty dinner by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 15-Jun-2011
    Home made bread rolls and mum's Pea & ham soup. must just have a pinch of sugar in it. Mum would say "it'll stick ta ya ribs."...had it for a week at a time, cause there was nowt else. Still love it. But it never tastes the same as mum's.

  • Re: A poverty dinner by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 15-Jun-2011
    i wouldnt say we were posh lol,corned beef hash is one of my kids fave meal,even though they are 30,24 and 18,i used to love brown sauce butties julie,still do if i have to admit and beetroot butties x

  • Re: A poverty dinner by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 15-Jun-2011
    i just want to say that im so glad that i found this website,not only has it helped me with tracing members of my family but it cheers me up everyday reading the little anecdotes,keep it up everyone xxx

  • Re: A poverty dinner by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 15-Jun-2011
    DITTO. Well done everyone.!!!

  • Re: A poverty dinner by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 16-Jun-2011
    Last night we had Lentil soup made by my considerably better half it was lovely. This might have been regarded one time as a poverty meal but give me a simple dish like that anytime.
    There's a bit left for tonight if i want and you know it will taste even better when it's rested.
    Cheers Dave

  • Re: A poverty dinner by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 16-Jun-2011
    All round to yours then !!!! What time you dishhen up, I'll bring my own bread...haha.

  • Re: A poverty dinner by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 16-Jun-2011
    i remember my mum boiling up the carcass of the sunday chicken with onion and carrots and making the tastiest chicken broth ever,still love it today with warm bread rolls and lashings of butter yum yum

  • Re: A poverty dinner by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 16-Jun-2011
    Sounds better Helen than the sheepd head my mum used to boil, it was a lovely broth with barley, lentils etc, but oh the thought of it now, the things we enjoyed as youngsters, just turns my stomach, and it was nothing for us to enjoy my grans treat for us, a crust of bread thick with fatty dripping from her roast, and sprinkled with salt, did us no harm though, my sibblings are now aged between ... more >>

  • Re: A poverty dinner by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 16-Jun-2011
    things mustve got much easier for my parents mary,im 48 and had a good diet really when i think about it,even though i didnt think so at the time

  • Re: A poverty dinner by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 17-Jun-2011
    As a child living in Gorton, I did`nt realise it at the time of course, but we were very fortunate in the 40`s. My Grandfather worked in the large abbatoir at Mode Wheel.He would bring no end of goodies home,like tripe cowheel, pigs trotters chittlings (pigs gut) lambs fries,- delicious fried with the Sunday breakfast. Also rabbit,and other offel- stuff that people turn their noses up at these day... more >>

  • Re: A poverty dinner by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Jun-2011
    I don't know your age Roy, but I grew up in Gorton too, when I think of those foggy days, I always remember a work mate telling me of an instance where a young employee in town had led a group of girls home through the fog from town to Gorton, when they finished work and there was no buses running, she said she didn't know how they would have got home safely only for this girl, the following week,... more >>

  • Re: A poverty dinner by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Jun-2011
    When my Dad left Beyer Peacocks in 1966, he went to work as a riveter at Salford Docks at Old Trafford repairing ships - he was a member of the Boilermakers, Shipbuilders, Structural Workers and Blacksmiths Union.
    One of the perks was to "mooch around" during the night-shift all over the ships, looking for things to "borrow".
    He would often come home with very large tins of rock-hard barley-suga... more >>

  • Re: A poverty dinner by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 20-Jun-2011
    Prince Philip visited Salford Docks and went to see the dockers. There was a commotion with a small circle of blokes standing round a man who was writhing in agony on the floor. Philip asked

    "What's wrong with him?"

    The shop steward host said "Oh, he needs to go to the toilet very... more >>

  • Re: A poverty dinner by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Jun-2011
    Brilliant Peter, and oh so true.

  • Re: A poverty dinner by george gee (Member 10245909) on 8-Jul-2011
    my goodness gracious who were the lucky kids who had BUTTER when i was a kid my butties were spread with DRIPPING and when MUM had been to the C-O-O-P on her weekly visit we got MARGERINE AND JAM BUTTIES BUT WE WERE HAPPY GEORGE GEE

  • Re: A poverty dinner by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 8-Jul-2011
    George, I think the answer is you never miss what you never had. We used to have that Echo margarine. Generally, we don't like to go back to what we had once we've had something better. Did you know that if you leave margarine at room temperature, even for months, nothing will happen to it. Flies won't touch it either.

  • Re: A poverty dinner by julie (Member 10255407) on 8-Jul-2011
    Peter, how did you find this out ?
    Guess where I am at the mo ?
    Golden Gate caravan Park North Wales, its throwing it down the sound of the rain on the caravan its just lovely

  • Re: A poverty dinner by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 8-Jul-2011
    Say hello to Towyn and Rhyl for me.
    Our kid has just moved from Manchester along the coast at Prestatyn.

  • Re: A poverty dinner by julie (Member 10255407) on 8-Jul-2011
    I will do that John , My daughter lives in prestatyn thats why I bought the van so I can catch up with the kids during the school hols.
    Sadly Rhyl and Towyn is not like it used to be when we were all kids. I tell you though thousands still come here during the summer and its not cheap how a lot can afford it to be honest I dont know .
    Llandudno is still very appealing, at one time you only saw t... more >>

  • Re: A poverty dinner by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 8-Jul-2011
    Hello Julie. If you ever go in Sandy Cove Club in Kinmel Bay - well at least that was what it was called back in the eighties - remember me to John, the owner. I used to have a shop in Kinmel Bay between 1981-84. I loved the place and had lots of customers from Golden Sands Holiday Camp which was close by, as well as local custom. Unfortunately ASDA almost put paid to us, as it did all the other s... more >>

  • Re: A poverty dinner by julie (Member 10255407) on 8-Jul-2011
    Yes I think it is an Indian restaurant,
    The site you mention is still there I will pop in and see whats what and say hi for you.
    They are in the process of doing Rhyl up well the beach and the front that is.
    The small shops are going as there is now a precint but thats it really some of the shops are going to prestatyn is that a good thing I am not sure

  • Re: A poverty dinner by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 9-Jul-2011
    Morning all,
    Our very first holidays were spent in Towyn.
    We would get ourselves to Exchange Station in Manchester by bus, and then a train to Abergele for Pensarn Railway Station.
    Then it was a mile or so walk along to Towyn and a fortnight's stay in a tiny, tiny caravan at Owen's Camp on the Abergele side of Towyn Church.
    The camp (this would be 1953 onwards) had no toilets, but a covered ce... more >>

  • Re: A poverty dinner by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 9-Jul-2011
    John H, dont forget your bucket n spade!!! and your Wollie hand knit trolleys, skiddies, erh, swimming trunks. and bring back a stick of rock... have a nice time.BOYO.

  • Re: A poverty dinner by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 9-Jul-2011
    Thanks Julie. Just mention Jack & Ethel who used to have the shop across the road. Glad they are doing something about Rhyl at last. They have done the seafront at Cleveley's, and are just in the process of finishing Blackpool's and they are both wonderful. All they need to do now is get the hotels sorted out. I have seen what they have done at the north end in Blackpool and am really impressed wi... more >>

  • Re: A poverty dinner by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 9-Jul-2011
    John C, thanks mate will do.
    Did you ever get a Revojet?
    They were like a kite but had two rotating "wings" that made a real racket when airborne, great fun.
    How's this for a lack of brains - I found an old rubber spade on the beach and because it was raining, Dad got us some paper to draw on in the caravan.
    Smarty pants here decided to use a sharp kitchen knife to cut the spade to made a rub... more >>

  • Re: A poverty dinner by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 11-Jul-2011
    We love the Babbacombe area, and South Devon in general. We enjoy the model village, and there is an excellent chippy/restaurant called Hanburys.
    We are in North Devon at the moment - camping in a field with wireless internet. This is our favourite place, which we think is just a bit better than the very busy Torquay area. We are just outside Ilfracombe by a little village called Berrynarbor. Al... more >>

  • Re: A poverty dinner by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 11-Jul-2011
    Peter, you lucky man, it sounds absolutely beautiful.

  • Re: A poverty dinner by julie (Member 10255407) on 12-Jul-2011
    Jack Forshaw
    Hi Jack , I went into the Kinmel Bay Social Club today to say hello on your behalf.
    The Manager John is not there anymore though he is believed to be alive and well the new manger has no idea where he is now.
    The current manager has been there years so your pal has moved on .
    I dont think it will be hard to track him down if you want me to ask around.
    The club did not look as wel... more >>

  • Re: A poverty dinner by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 19-Jul-2011
    Julie, re margarine - read the following:

    What we have today is entirely different from the original oleomargarine invented by a French scientist in 1870. That was done quite naturally. Today, we get a highly unnatural process called hydrogenation in which liquid vegetable oil is converted into a solid or semi-solid grease.

    In the jargon of the chemicals industry, this process of turning a l... more >>

  • Re: A poverty dinner by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 19-Jul-2011
    Scary sh** and we trust them to look after our well being! ! !Think I will adopt the Mediterranean way....just pour neat olive oil onto my bread from now on, Thanks Peter.Mind you the Lancashire way was just as good..Dripping on toast.mmmmmmmmmm.

  • Re: A poverty dinner by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 19-Jul-2011
    I only copied it from the internet, but have known for quite some time. You can't beat a bit of butter.

  • Re: A poverty dinner by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 19-Jul-2011
    Thanks Julie. Pity John has moved on, mind you thinking about it time really flies and he would probably have retired. Thanks for checking for me anyway. I'll tell you one thing you can do for me though next time you are in there if it's not too much trouble, ask if Terry Harper still goes in?

    I remember the floods in Kinmel Bay; mind you they had been warned for years what would happen one day... more >>

  • Re: A poverty dinner by julie (Member 10255407) on 19-Jul-2011
    No problem Jack I will of course have a toot , It will be next week now as I am at home .
    I take my comp with me while I am away so I can keep up with all the goss on here.
    Peter as for the margarine ( URGH ) not sure how I feel about it now think I will follow John

  • Re: A poverty dinner by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 22-Jul-2011
    Cheers Julie. I can remember walking across Fforyd Road to the club in 14inches of snow, with drifts up to two feet deep back in 1981-82. What a man will do for his pint. There was a great crowd in the club during those years. I loved it. The other thing which stands out during the three years we were there, is the wind never seemed to let up between September and April.

  • Re: A poverty dinner by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 26-Jul-2011
    what about Heinz Salad Cream butties???
    or even Heinz Sandwich Spread.???. mmmmmmmmm.

  • Re: A poverty dinner by harold wood (Member 10209840) on 13-Aug-2011
    Does anyone remember the soup kitchen on Hyde Rd it was near where the RBS is now i went in 1945.

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MEMORIES OF POVERTY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 10-Jun-2011
We may have been happy, content and certainly proud of our childhood, and of the efforts our parents made to do the best they could, but what do you recall of circumstances that today would be regarded as poverty, or certainly hardships?
My initial thoughts, to kick this off would be:
The lack of fresh fruit to eat, except the apple and orange that appeared in my Christmas "stocking".
The lack ... more >>
  
  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 10-Jun-2011
    Don't forget the MOONLIGHT FLITS, I know all about them !!! came home from school and we had moved.... I knew it was on the cards but when??? All I got was if we are not here we are there...haha. thanks for that one JOHN, classic.

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 10-Jun-2011
    And the way they talk these days about child poverty. Child neglect more like if you ask me. But putting up with the above wasn't so bad when we didn't know anything else. Going back to it would hurt more.

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 10-Jun-2011
    Yes, certainly rough old days they were, but we were happy. We, like lots of other people who lived in Gorton and surrounding areas in those days, only ever saw chicken at Christmas. The rest of the year it was dripping on toast, sugar butties, nestles milk butties, jam butties etc. My very first birthday when I was ten we had jam butties and a few cakes my mam had made. They don't know they are b... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 10-Jun-2011
    Yes but when we did get anything a bit special in those days, didn't we appreciate it and enjoy it, these days Christmas isn't special, we have a Turkey dinner often, so that is no novelty, nor is most things, the only change in Christmas is for the worst, because these times it doesn't have the same sacred meaning. how about that big tin of fruit we had in the cupboard being saved for Christmas, ... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 10-Jun-2011
    Yes, you are so right Mary. Big business has certainly ruined Christmas today. I don't remember even thinking about Christmas until well into December, then, like you say, looking forward to those little treats that we dare not touch until the day. Now, well, Christmas starts around July and goes on and one and on, until by the time you get there you're sick and tired of the whole affair - and, of... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 11-Jun-2011
    Well done John C, Peter, Jack and Mary - you always come up with those little gems that jog the memory (moonlight flits - when do you hear that today?), sugar butties (my kids thought I was winding them up) and Christmas (Dandy or Beano Annual and chicken if you were VERY lucky) - brilliant memories.
    I have also remembered the following:
    Sharing clothes with my younger brother for school.
    Strin... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 11-Jun-2011
    Just one more thing about wearing wellington's in the Winter:
    Does anyone else remember getting a red-raw ring round your bare legs when the tops of your wellington's got wet and rubbed your skin?
    We called it getting "chaps" and the remedy was VASELINE rubbed round the red ring on your leg to stop the rubber chaffing your already sore skin.

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 11-Jun-2011
    Last one from me this weekend - does anyone recall referring to someone with less-than-effective personal hygiene as being "chatty" - and I'm not referring to being talkative here!
    The expression came back to Manchester from troops in the trenches in France during the First World War.
    "Chats" were what they called trench fleas that got inside their uniforms because of the warmth from their skin,... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 11-Jun-2011
    Them bloody wellies,mmmmmm winter time worewith dads socks, summer time turned down to half size, so as not to get the chaff....
    Also when did you last see someone stoneing the front door step???? God help you if you trod on it.!!!

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 11-Jun-2011
    Yes, I remember those red rings around the legs from wearing wellingtons. Also going to school with shredded wheat box cut outs the same size as my shoes so I could shove them in my shoes to stop the wet from coming in through the holes in the bottom. Happy days. My mam's co-op divi number I have never forgotten - 32369. Amazing how some things stay locked away in your brain until someone gives yo... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 11-Jun-2011
    Yes but what about them clogs? I could even do the clog dance on the tips of them, but a true give away when you tried to sneak in Church late, and they clonked and echoed round the Church and everybody turned round as you tried your best to walk steady and quiet.

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 11-Jun-2011
    Jack,
    Have just collapsed laughing about the margerine running down that lad's forehead, absolute classic mate.
    The shoe polish thing was what we did when wood was wet in the winter and the coal from the cellar was also damp, it was something I saw my Dad do, but I always thought it a big waste of Cherry Blossom polish myself.
    I bet your shovel had a charred handle like ours did, caused by plac... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 11-Jun-2011
    Sorry, that should read camphor NIGHT-lights.

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by julie (Member 10255407) on 12-Jun-2011
    Hi everyone
    Have you ever listened to the Bradshaw tapes or cd's that you can get ? they have been going years and I have at least 10 tapes that I often listen to .
    The mam and dad and their son Billy, all the stories that are on here come to life on the Bradshaw tapes , even background noises are included.
    Can be a little blue at times with all the inuendo's, listen to them they are just bril... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by julie (Member 10255407) on 12-Jun-2011
    erm .... I meant to say sound effects, but the side effects are great also

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 12-Jun-2011
    hi everyone,this is going to be a long shot,but does anyone remember a family called bray who lived either on abbey hey lane or around there in the late fifties to sixties,the father was called harry and will be about 76 now.thanks for reading this and i hope to hear from you soon helen xxxxx

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by julie (Member 10255407) on 12-Jun-2011
    H Helen
    Does this family have a daughter called Julie as I went to Levenshilme high school for girls and a girl in the year above me same year as my older sister she was called Julie Bray and lived in Abbey hey

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 12-Jun-2011
    hi julie,thanks for your reply,im not sure if julie was one of the daughters,how old would she be now?and if you have any info regarding any other members of the family i would be very grateful xx

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 12-Jun-2011
    Yes, John, we did have a shovel just like yours - burned where the back of the handle used to catch fire. I remember the camphor lights and also having camphorated oil rubbed on my chest when I had a cold and bad cough; I think it worked too, despite what they say today about it having been dangerous and banning the sale of it. When you think about it the kids of today don't know they are born wak... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 13-Jun-2011
    Despite all of those hardships above, while in the R.C. schools we still HAD to bring in a few bob to adopt " a Black Baby " I think it was 5/sh. in pennies or even a 3pennie bit....can you remember that Mary? All mine were called Anthony....wonder if they ever existed or did it go over the bar in the local catholic club with the Priest???? WHAT A BLOODY CON that one was. haha.

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 13-Jun-2011
    hi john,do you remember the bray family that lived on abbey hey lane in the 50s and 6os?,the father was harry,he will be around 76 now x

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 13-Jun-2011
    Sorry can't help you. My only memories of Abbeyhey ln. were when we was bunking off school to go up to the rezzers.!!

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by julie (Member 10255407) on 13-Jun-2011
    Hi Helen
    I think julie if I have the name right,she will be about 54/55 ish my sister Karen whi is 55 said the name rings a bell but cant really say.
    That will make the parents in the age bracket that you are saying.
    Try the electoral role 192 people finder you get a few free ones but at least you can see if they are still around .
    I will have a look now for you

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by julie (Member 10255407) on 13-Jun-2011
    Hi Helen
    I have had a look on electoral role , there is Harry Bray and a Kathleen Bray listed it does not give the address you can view the address but it will cost you .
    I have had a look in the bt online phone book
    and there is a Bray family still there on Abbeyhey lane might be related to who you are looking for .
    Also a Bray family Darrass Rd in Gorton
    and a Bray family some other part ... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 13-Jun-2011
    julie,thankyou so much,you have no idea how much you have helped and how much it means to me,if you have an email address i will mail you and explain why xxxxx

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by julie (Member 10255407) on 13-Jun-2011
    Helen I dont know if they are the people that you are looking for have you had a look for yourself in bt online phone book and 192 people search I am glad that you can at least have a go .
    This is a great site for searching for people but its also great just to read all the fab stories, Well done people keep them comming

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 13-Jun-2011
    Memories of poverty. My Mum sending my elder brother to the chip shop on a Wed evening with her last half crown, which he dropped down the grid. Then there was a scene where my Mum, brother and two neighbours were on all fours and had the grid up to try to recover the money. It was bread and jam that night.

    Wednesdays were often bread and jam. Mum would set the table with individual plates, kni... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 13-Jun-2011
    hi julie,thanks for the info,im sure they are the ones,contacting them is the next step which could be the difficult bit,i was adopted in 1962 and i think they are my half siblings xxx

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by julie (Member 10255407) on 13-Jun-2011
    Well good luck Helen , keep me posted
    juliejulie20@hotmail.com if you want to email me

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 13-Jun-2011
    thanks julie ill do that if you dont mind xx

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by julie (Member 10255407) on 13-Jun-2011
    not at all by all means

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 13-Jun-2011
    For Helen LORD
    Helen,
    The 1901 Census Records show that a BRAY family lived at 429, Abbey Hey Lane, Gorton, Manchester:
    John Richard BRAY, born 1851 in Gorton, aged 50.
    Annie BRAY (wife), aged 46, born Huddersfield.
    May BRAY (daughter)... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 13-Jun-2011
    For Ms LORD (Part 2):
    The Harry BRAY you refer to, if 76 now, will have been born in 1935.
    The Birth Records at the National Archive, Kew, show one likely match:
    Harry BRAY was born in July/August/September 1935 in Gorton, Manchester.
    His Birth Certificate Reference is 8D/157.
    His mother's Maiden Name would have bee... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 13-Jun-2011
    For Helen LORD:
    Helen,
    The John Richard BRAY I referred to in the 1901 Census appears to have been married to Annie BRAY, born in Huddersfield:
    There are two marriages shown in the National Archive at Kew, which MAY refer to this marriage.
    Both marriages occurred in July/August/September 1895, both occurred in Huddersfield, when a John Richard BRAY married EITHER - Annie KEATON or Annie RENSHA... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by julie (Member 10255407) on 13-Jun-2011
    Great info John well done , I am sure Helen will be pleased , Might consider asking you to find someone for me you are good at this sort of thing ... Julie

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 13-Jun-2011
    For Helen LORD:
    Helen,
    Just a word of caution:-
    Tread carefully when probing family histories, as sometimes people may be very sensitive.
    For instance, if you look at the age of John Richard BRAY when he married, it MAY have been his second marriage.
    Hope you don't mind me mentio... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by julie (Member 10255407) on 13-Jun-2011
    Hi John
    did you know of an Eric ogden ? may have asked you before
    I have heard that there was an ogden family in Gorton but it was two sisters no brother.
    The Eric Ogden I am looking for will be about 65/75 did live in the Gorton area in the 60's
    maybe on Stanley Grove but not sure
    I heard he was a bricklayer, the info I have may be incorrect but at least its s... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 13-Jun-2011
    hi john,thanks so much for all that amazing info,ive gone from knowing next to nothing,to knowing loads,i cant thank you and julie enough xxxx

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Jun-2011
    Yes I remember the adopt a black baby thing they had going, I forgot till you mentioned that, wasn't the picture of the child on some black and white shiney magazine paper? fancy you remembering the name of the baby,do you remember the St Joseph's penny? a card with squares round a Holy picture, and the squares had to be pricked for a penny a go, and the envelopes for the blind? the neighbours use... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Jun-2011
    My dad used to give us a threepenny bit for our spends each week, (threepenny joey we called them then) I remember that coin above any, we felt dead rich us kids if we had one, I walked in the scolars with the Monastery, and Peacocks factory collected a pile for us from the workers and sent them into our school to be given to each kid, i walked home with a smile on my face that day, knowing i was ... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 13-Jun-2011
    All my adoptees were called Anthony, haha it yoused to piss the teachers and nuns off....whats your baby going to be called, not Anthony AGAIN!!! yes I would Say, because we had 2 or 3 james's in the class as well as some micheal's.. so I thought why not. owt to wind them bitches up.

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 14-Jun-2011
    For Helenj LORD:
    Helen,
    I have managed to trace Richard John BRAY and his family back as far as 1851, when he was a one year-old child living at a place known as the Aspinal Smithy in the Village of Gorton.
    His Father was called John BRAY, shown to be a Lead Miner born in Cornwall, and his Mother was called Nanny BRAY.
    Last night I typed out all I have been able to find for you, too much to pl... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 14-Jun-2011
    For Julie:
    Hi Julie, you will need a little more detail I'm afraid, as Census Records run from 1841 to 1911,and you would need to pay to access the 1911 Census Records via Ancestry.co.uk
    If you have any details of names or addresses of OGDEN family members, particularly if they lived in 1901 and where, then you may have a chance.
    The place to start, I would suggest, is to trace current younger ... more >>

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 14-Jun-2011
    hi john,i have sent you an email to which you can forward the attachment,thanks helen xx

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by julie (Member 10255407) on 14-Jun-2011
    Hi John , Thankyou so much for your message.
    Sadly I dont have any other info apart from what I have said , but I will keep on digging and get back to you if you dont mind as you have said I do need more to go off .
    Thanks again John , Julie

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 14-Jun-2011
    hi julie,how are you today?xxx

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 14-Jun-2011
    Julie,
    Thanks for getting back.
    Ideally you should try and get a name, age and address for a member of their family that would have been be alive in 1901.
    That way it's possible to back-track against Census Records to 1841.
    I know it's difficult, but that's the only positive way of doing it.
    Let me know how you get on.
    John.

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 14-Jun-2011
    You didn't tell me John, did you ever get an Anthony in your family? By the way we didn't have a nun teaching us, but my sister did, and she said one of them could really be cruel with the kids, us girls all had our favourite priest to confess too though at confession, I WONDER IF THEY WERE FLATTERD AT THE ATTENTION?

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 14-Jun-2011
    Mary: The answer is no, Ive only one off spring and she has a good jewish name, Rebecca. and as a middle name of Senga. Its Scottish and also if spelled bacwards its Agnes, after my wife's gran.

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 14-Jun-2011
    It's a lovely name "Rebecca" hope no one spoils it and calls her Beccy, come to think of it Anthony is a nice name too, and they spoil that and call them Tony,

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by julie (Member 10255407) on 14-Jun-2011
    My kids are Adam and Rachel, I like the biblical names Rebecca was going to be for my 2nd daughter If I had one and Luke or Matthew if I had a 2nd son but no I decided that 2 is enough

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by julie (Member 10255407) on 14-Jun-2011
    Thanks again John, I have no way of knowing any other details I am afraid, and to be honest not sure if Eric Ogden really excists it was just a name given to me to try and find .
    His name and age dont match up with any records so I have a feeling its a bit of a red herring situation, not to worry, will keep asking now and then, thanks Julie

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 15-Jun-2011
    Thanks Mary. When some of Rebecca's friends used to phone up...Is Beck's there? or is becky in. I would say in a stern voice NO BECKY or BECKS lives in this house and hang up. 2 mins later ...Hello Mr. Carlton can I speak to Rebecca please. Yes certainly..It may have taught them something.Well maybe not.haha lol.

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 15-Jun-2011
    Did you ever see that old film John? called Rebecca, such a good film, and I liked the name ever since seeing it.

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Jun-2011
    For Helen LORD:
    Helen,
    Have you had any further luck with the BRAY family of Abbey Hey at all?
    John.

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 20-Jun-2011
    hi john,i have found some that are now living in droylsden,ive tried contacting them but as to yet no reply,did you look up that death for me that i mentioned,or have you been far too busy replying to all the messages on here lol,its been very quiet without you x

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Jun-2011
    FOR Helen LORD:
    Just back home, catching up, what was the death, please remind me?
    John.

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 20-Jun-2011
    hi john,it was christopher lord born 28/12/62,but registered jan 63,he died we think around april/may 1985,in lewes east sussex.he was born in blackburn,thanks

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 20-Jun-2011
    ive sent you an email john with some more details

  • Re: MEMORIES OF POVERTY by Mary Linnell-Simmons (Member 10286306) on 12-Jun-2013
    Mary Clarke - Did you know the St Joseph's Penny is still running and will celebrate 110 years of helping people next year? We are trying to recreate the old boxes and prick cards and need your help! Please ring Mary on 0161 817 2252 or email m.linnell-simmons@caritassalford.org.uk. For more information about the St Joseph's Penny today, visit: www.caritassalford.org.uk/appeals/st-josephs-penny

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schooooool reunion??? by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 9-Jun-2011
Well was it a success ??? or did everybody need gum sheilds and headgear.???   
  • Re: schooooool reunion??? by george gee (Member 10245909) on 9-Jun-2011
    the first one i av attended AND I THOUHGT IT WAS GREAT MY ONLY FAULT WAS I DID NOT SEE ANY OF MY OLD SCHOOL FRIENDS NEVER MIND MAYBE NEXT YEAR all tes BEST george gee

  • Re: schooooool reunion??? by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Jun-2011
    Does anyone know of any planned reunion for ex-St Marks', West Gorton pupils at all please?

  • Re: schooooool reunion??? by lee michelle roseweir nee tomlinson (Member 10251311) on 31-Dec-2011
    george gee u were a friend of my dads i think tommy/bert tomlinson

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Gregs Cotton Mill by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-Jun-2011
Did anyone work at Gregs cotton mill in Stockport in 1950 in the fancy doubling room ?   
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all sckoooools reunion. by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 1-Jun-2011
I have just been told there is a Reunion again this Sunday at The Nelson Hyde Road for all the Gorton Schools its in the afternoon i hope , If your not sure give them a ring to confirm   
  • Re: all sckoooools reunion. by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 1-Jun-2011
    yes it is definatley in the afternoon

  • Re: all sckoooools reunion. by julie (Member 10255407) on 1-Jun-2011
    Hi
    The reunion's that take place do they happen regular I cant make this one but would like to in the future

  • Re: all sckoooools reunion. by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 2-Jun-2011
    not very often the last one was last june, problem is every time Alan Grafton arranges one im in Spain

  • Re: all sckoooools reunion. by julie (Member 10255407) on 2-Jun-2011
    So about once a year then , lucky you in Spain .
    I hope to attend a reunion at some point , I bet there really good

  • Re: all sckoooools reunion. by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 3-Jun-2011
    The answer is Yes There is a any age reunion for St Jimmys and Peacock street on Sunday at the Lord Nelson from 12 -3.00pm All are welcome I've been to the last 4 meeting and they were great Alan Grafton organises them but he has no computor so he leaves it to me to advertise on the net He try's to get them once a year but sometimes it fails so everyone please try to get to this one i... more >>

  • Re: all sckoooools reunion. by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 3-Jun-2011
    Like Barrie Roberts I went to St Jimmys from 1946-1956 and on Tuesday and Thursday (I think) we would go to Varna Street for wood work and metal work ( never forget the poker I made , really thought it was great ,but it wasnt )

  • Re: all sckoooools reunion. by Irene ( Dunn ) Truman (Member 10023158) on 3-Jun-2011
    Alan, for all of those who cannot make it to the reunion... pictures please!
    Cheers.

  • Re: all sckoooools reunion. by george gee (Member 10245909) on 4-Jun-2011
    I went to st jimmies and also did my woodwork at varna st school before the war born in 1926 i went to beyer peacocks in 1940 as a turning apprentice i am going to try my hardest to get to the re-union tomorrow it just depends on the availlability of the busseslooking forward to the day hoping to meet some of my old schoolmates allthe best george gee born 15-7-26

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