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Lost friends of Gorton by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 21-Sep-2011
Who have you lost touch with who lived years ago in West Gorton, let's see if we can help each other find them, here is a few i can name, (Maiden names ) Margaret Horan, Emily Hindley, Rita Heffernan, Doris Whitney   
  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 21-Sep-2011
    Beryl Fisher( lees st.openshaw),Pauline Scase,( bennett st )Ian Moir( crossley st )Ray Glass & Malkie Sargent ( Hartland / Surrey Gdns.)...for now.wait 1 more Jimmy Stevenson (jock ) Beyer st.
    for now.

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 21-Sep-2011
    Bernard Burke (Spurgeon Street), Barry Slevin (Elizabeth Street), Eddie and Raymond Frost (Clowes Street), Marilyn Tomlinson (Hyde Road) and Frank Partland (not sure where Frank lived).

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 21-Sep-2011
    thanks for the good feed back everyone i'm looking for a name i know as i still live in West gorton and hope to help someone find an old friend who may still live here too

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 21-Sep-2011
    Methusala. ? ? sorry haha ha just had too.

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 21-Sep-2011
    For John Holmes...I went to Bishop Greer with a Barbara Frost, they lived just off Crossley St on Dalkieth St. Barbara is on friends reunited school list if you want to trace her.If thats any help.

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 22-Sep-2011
    John,
    Brilliant, and thank you very much.
    Will give this a go and see what I can find.
    Cheers, John.

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by julie (Member 10255407) on 28-Sep-2011
    Morning everyone hope you are all well .
    Can anyone please answer my question please.
    I have posted a message on another message board in Scotland on Monday of this week .
    I have just looked to see if anyone has replied only to find that my message has gone ?.
    I have searched the page but its nowhere to be seen.
    It was asking the whereabouts of a certain person just like many on there and o... more >>

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by julie (Member 10255407) on 28-Sep-2011
    A MASSIVE OOOOOOOOPS
    How do I remove the red flags it was a mistake I am trying to resolve my earlier post really sorry

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 28-Sep-2011
    Maybe your message has gone to the same place as your long lost friend. ! ! !
    Sorry, haha , you could try and retype and send/ enter again.

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by julie (Member 10255407) on 28-Sep-2011
    Thanks John I will try it again now
    Can anyone remove it do you know

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by julie (Member 10255407) on 28-Sep-2011
    John , I have posted a new message if you will have a look its on the Dunoon message board knowhere guide.
    My post is there now hopefully it will remain there, strange that its disapeared, if you dont mind having a look just to see that I have done it and I will check tomorrow if its still there
    thanks John , Julie

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 28-Sep-2011
    Yes all fine on Dunoon Board....Are you from doon the watter? I only ask as I was born in Paisley.
    What an embarrasment the message board site is.....Much prefer this one as Gorton was where I was dragged up and class as my home town.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK PEOPLE.

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 28-Sep-2011
    ERROR .... that should read " that message board "

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by julie (Member 10255407) on 28-Sep-2011
    Thanks for that John
    No a true lancashire lass me from Gorton .
    My friend who I am helping out is from Dunoon and trying to find someone so said I will do what I can.
    Yes that site is awful I agree, dont know whats up with people having a laugh is one thing but being filthy is another.
    You should read the Manchester message board, my goodness John, I thought that I was broad minded and not at... more >>

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 28-Sep-2011
    AAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH ! ! ! And we were supposed to be rough n ready uneducated scamps from the 50's 60's. I'm glad I am, after looking at that tripe /drivel.( rubbish )

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by julie (Member 10255407) on 28-Sep-2011
    Belting site this = never once have I ever been offended. I mean everyone on here are so helpful and their posts make good reading.
    It does not matter where you are from where you are brought up it how that matters.
    I can remember when the neighbour gave you a clip if you was out of line and you addressed everyone with MRS OR MR then their surmame, or Auntie so and so .
    Manners dont cost a penny

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by julie (Member 10255407) on 28-Sep-2011
    whats up John lol did the manchester site scare you ..... scardy cat lol

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 28-Sep-2011
    I went on the Denton message board this morning. I think the latest post on there is about 2010. That whole section of the Knowhere site is so negative, and no one even wants to reminisce about the good old days either. Shame really as we used to dream about going on holiday to Denton when we lived in the two-up two down houses off Taylor Street in Gorton (exaggeration. Well, we had heard stories ... more >>

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 28-Sep-2011
    Yes how times change, I have just heard that they have found and closed 2 cannabis farms down in Denton.

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by julie (Member 10255407) on 28-Sep-2011
    Well thats no surprise to me , its a real shame that people feel the need to have to go to those extremes to earn a few bob.
    Whats wrong in doing something for nothing ( out of the goodness of your heart )
    I am in contact everyday with people that have been out of work for a long time and then decided to do some charity work. This has resulted in full time employment for quite a few of them tho... more >>

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by julie (Member 10255407) on 28-Sep-2011
    Just had a look at the Denton one Peter.
    A little like a dating site

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 28-Sep-2011
    Whats wrong with hitting the woman of your life over the head with your club and then dragging her to your cave, like we did in gorton in the dark ages ( late 1960's ) haha. semed to work then. Maybe they had a harsher upbringing than us in Gorton.?

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 28-Sep-2011
    Hi John. Yes we do seem to have a strong farming community here in Denton.

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by julie (Member 10255407) on 28-Sep-2011
    Our Angela used to live in Denton( Boundry Green ) the houses around the cricket field, do you know it Peter ?
    She now lives in Gee Cross.
    I take the bust up Hyde road to go and visit her my how it has changed its so sad really

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by julie (Member 10255407) on 28-Sep-2011
    ooops I meant to say bus not bust ( though I do take my bust with me ) lol ..... sorry

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 28-Sep-2011
    Hi Julie, I have seen it, yes. I really liked the village green concept where all the houses surrounded the cricket pitch. Not been for a while - but you don't hang around when you've no business there.

    Hi again John. I'm past that now, as the wife can get the club off me and give as good as she gets. She's from Denton, but has never understood nor appreciated that old Gorton custom. Women eh?

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 28-Sep-2011
    Julie, I meant I've seen Boundary Green, not your bust. You added that post while I was typing the last.

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by julie (Member 10255407) on 28-Sep-2011
    Lol Peter

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 29-Sep-2011
    RE above missing people......have they fallen off the face of the earth??? does nobody recognise anyone??.

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by julie (Member 10255407) on 29-Sep-2011
    I dont John

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by julie (Member 10255407) on 29-Sep-2011
    I am still trying to locate an Eric Ogden be in his late 60's to mid 70's in age.
    He did drink in the pubs that was running up and down Hyde Road in the 1950's but no one has heard of him.
    My Aunt used to have the Three Arrows back then then when it was pulled down had the Blue Pig

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 29-Sep-2011
    Me neither. !!

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 29-Sep-2011
    Thanks guys. maybe john Holmes will do a search for Beryl Fisher, late of 93 lees st openshaw....It's in his blood yaknow, haha.thaks John H. if you do.

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 29-Sep-2011
    Hi all,
    Am here in the USA for the next four weeks.
    Only got limited access to the Net.
    Speak when I get home,
    John.

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by kevin lomas (Member 10265376) on 2-Oct-2011
    hi all,does anyone remember the parkinsons from gorton,my mum is alethea parkinson,sister alma,brothers john,roy,my mum became lomas married to my dad,i was born at 79 newton street in 1958 then we moved to saint james street,with my big sister vivenne lomas we went to st jimmy's then viv went to ducie,i went to live with my dad after he and my mum split up so i lost touch with my cousins steven ... more >>

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by kevin lomas (Member 10265376) on 3-Oct-2011
    julie,re eric ogden, my neighbour lived in the rock on hyde road with his mum and dad,he's 69 and may know eric i'll ask him and let you know.

    cheers

    kevin.

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 6-Oct-2011
    For a while in the sixties I used to knock about with Tony Dean, Frank McHale and a lad called Brierley. We drank mainly in the Wellington on Clowes Street, which was a Bent's house. I think Tony later took over a pub in Salford and Frank McHale, as far as I know, was still living on Belle Vue Street in the nineties. Don't know what happened to Brierley.

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by george gee (Member 10245909) on 11-Oct-2011
    I lived in ELLESMERE STREET GORTON before the WAR and I had quite a few pals living in my street and the streets around there BUT they have demolished gorton now and i was hoping that if any of my old PALS were still around they would like to get in touch with GEORGE (JOGGER ) GEE

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 27-Oct-2011
    Hi George i think you are about the same age as my brothers who lived in Hampden Grove, Robert and Eric Carson they both went to Peacocks Street School

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by george gee (Member 10245909) on 2-Nov-2011
    HI JOYCE I think your brothers would have known BILLY ANDREWS who went to PEACOCK STREET SCHOOL HE lived next door but one to me in ELLESMERE STREET I personally went to SAINT JAMES in GORTON LANE next to TOMMY LAMBS the carter oh wat HAPPY DAYS those were ALL THE BEST GEORGE XXXXX

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by Mike Thatcher (Member 10230387) on 17-Jan-2012
    I've been trying to find Anne Fitzpatrick, Bob White, Fran Fitzpatrick, Steve White all who lived in Newton St which ran between Cambert Lane and Cross St in Gorton. Bob got married to Fran and eventually moved out of the area. Steve I believe lives in Mottram. And does anyone remember Des Winstanley who lived in Gloustester St.

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by Christine Dawson (Member 10272372) on 7-Apr-2012
    I used to hang around with a girl called Jane, havn't seen her for years. I believe she lived on Sutton estate. Still lucky Jane !!!

  • Re: Lost friends of Gorton by Karen (Member 10279443) on 31-Oct-2012
    Anybody remember Caron Gaskell of 5 Turner street? Went to St James until 1968.

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Varna Street School by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 20-Sep-2011
I have been asked by a good and long term friend of mine to post some names on here and see if anyone remembers him,- Phil Bailey. He was at Varna St. c61/62.
He has a school photo of the following.- Malcolm Sterns,Niel Jackson,Ian Belton,Barry Suddens,Roy Broom,David Lee. Andrew Taylor Phil Bailey,Chris Mathews,Geoff Wolfenden,Peter Heywood. Teacher Mr. Cook, Headmaster Mr Arnold. Should anyone ... more >>
  
  • Re: Varna Street School by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Sep-2011
    Hi Roy,
    You mentioned a ROY Broom at Varna Street.
    I was at Central Grammar School with a RAY Broom, who was a very accomplished footballer.
    Could this be the same person Roy?
    John.

  • Re: Varna Street School by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 20-Sep-2011
    Hello again John. You could be right about Ray Broom. I will check with Phil either tomorrow or Thursday. I will get back to you and let you know what he says.

  • Re: Varna Street School by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 21-Sep-2011
    Thanks Roy.

  • Re: Varna Street School by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 23-Sep-2011
    Looks like you were right about Ray Broom John, checked with Phil and it looks like his trashy writing was to blame !!

  • Re: Varna Street School by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 23-Sep-2011
    Thanks Roy, Ray is on the Manchester Central Grammar School old boys site under Friends Reunited.
    He was a great footballer.
    Cheers Roy,
    John.

  • Re: Varna Street School by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 23-Sep-2011
    John .... I remember a lad that went to Manchester Central Grammer, his dad had the pub on Clowes St / Ainsworth St corner, was that the Cheshire Cheese? He would have been around 7 years older than me, so around 62 or 63 now. He stands out in my mind for driving around in his dads 3 litre Capri at the time, about 1968, did you know him?

  • Re: Varna Street School by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Sep-2011
    Paul,
    I should know this lad because it's right in the middle of my time round Cambert Lane.
    It certainly rings a bell but I have lost the name, sorry mate but thanks for the information.
    John.

  • Re: Varna Street School by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 2-Nov-2011
    Did anyone remember my old girlfriend who was at Varna Street around 1962-1966, he name was Janet ELLOR, and she lived above her father's Newsagent's Shop on Gorton Lane, near Froxmer Street?

  • Re: Varna Street School by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 2-Nov-2011
    John, was'nt her dad an ex police man? If it is I was a paperboy for him. He would not let us do any mornig rounds only a Sunday. God I hated The day of the double issue ( Thurday I think )I had the biggest round so had to have two bags, I could have done with a donkey, haha. He was a real gentleman, and I ended up working for his brother inlaw Les Page the butcher across from him, also Cyril Shel... more >>

  • Re: Varna Street School by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Nov-2011
    Spot on John, her Dad was a Policeman on the "A" Division, working out of Bootle Street before he retired, his name was Charlie Ellor and his wife's brother was Les Page the butcher, a really nice bloke.
    Janet had an older brother Keith who was in the Church Lad's Brigade at St James' on Cambert Lane, Janet was a Girl Guide there too.
    They moved to a house at Dane Bank Denton in the 1970's and I... more >>

  • Re: Varna Street School by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Nov-2011
    John, I just heard that Charlie Ellor died in Devon in the 1980's and his wife died shortly afterwards in Tameside (presumably she may have moved back to that area just after her husbands death).

  • Re: Varna Street School by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 3-Nov-2011
    Thanks for that, how sad........Scary that we dont know each other eh. mind you with your chosen path ,I was allways on the other side.haha. Thats the wrong side....lol.

  • Re: Varna Street School by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Nov-2011
    John, I was born in 1947, were you born close to that year?
    I was at St Marks' from 1953 to 1959.

  • Re: Varna Street School by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 3-Nov-2011
    For John H. 1954, in Paisley,Scotland.We moved to Gorton 1966. Had to wait for the New Taylor St. school to open, even went to St.Francis for 6mths but went back to Bishop Greer. Great days.

  • Re: Varna Street School by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Nov-2011
    John,
    I lived at the top of Taylor Street on Cambert Lane, between 1960 and 1970 when I got married and moved to Denton.
    In 1966 I was living on a kibbutz in Northern Israel for a year, came back just after the Aberfan disaster later that year.

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Back Entry by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 20-Sep-2011
Do you remember when the back entry played a big part in our lives, it used to hide a lot for us, sneaking down it, avoiding someone at the front door, avoiding the wag officer, taking a bundle to the pawn shop, taking a bet to be put on at a backdoor bookies, I bet you could add to this list, I remember one time a child at school had been chosen to look after the very much loved pet white mouse ... more >>   
  • Re: Back Entry by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 20-Sep-2011
    I remember going down the back entry to the bookies in Paker street on a Saturday for my Dadand passing the bet through the window.

  • Re: Back Entry by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 20-Sep-2011
    We had no end of fun up those back entries. They were good bolt holes,short cuts if we were being chased. we could post bangers and rip raps under those wooden back doors. they were a great place for our pals to meet to plan our next bit of mischief. Oh, and of course, a perfect place to take our girlfriends "in secret". My Dad used to go to one of those bookies you mentioned. It was round a back ... more >>

  • Re: Back Entry by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 20-Sep-2011
    The bookies I went to taking my dad's bet with my mum, was an entry in Henry Street and i live now on that same spot.

  • Re: Back Entry by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Sep-2011
    Mary,
    I remember the bookies in Henry Street but for the life of me I can't remember the owner's name but I recall his son was with me at St Marks' before 1959.
    Back entries were great for getting around West Gorton without using Clowes street, and my brother Christopher knew every inch of them.
    He could get from A to B quicker than the phone.

  • Re: Back Entry by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 20-Sep-2011
    Hi John
    I don't remember the bookies on Henry Street the only one I do remember was on Robert Street the entrance was down the back entry off Abbotsbury Street and onto the croft at the back of Robert Street Abbotsbury Street abd Hoyland Street.The bookie was Bill Briggs and he had two children Billy and Linda but I think that they both went to Thomas Street.I may be wrong and they may have gone to St Marks
    Dave

  • Re: Back Entry by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Sep-2011
    Thanks Dave, I think you're right, the name WAS Briggs and I remember it now being on Robert Street.
    Perhaps I knew the son just from the area and not St Marks'.
    Thanks mate,
    John.

  • Re: Back Entry by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Sep-2011
    Dave,
    One more thing, the "back" where the bookies was, did it have a huge circular concrete Emergency Water Tank built in it, and left over from the war?

  • Re: Back Entry by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 20-Sep-2011
    I was too young to remember any suenames John at the bookies bot i know one was nicknamed Ginger somebody (for obvious reasons0 and there was a Bernard, by the way dave we could be talking about the same bookies, because Robert street was the next street to Henry street so the entry divided both.

  • Re: Back Entry by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 20-Sep-2011
    sorry that should read surnames.

  • Re: Back Entry by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 20-Sep-2011
    Spot on John, there was the EWT on that back we used to use it as a speedway type track on our bikes, racing round and round it on our bikes or bogies.We (that is all the kids round there) eventualy demolished the tank.
    Dave

  • Re: Back Entry by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 21-Sep-2011
    The bookie was Stan Briggs,Billy was his son.

  • Re: Back Entry by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 21-Sep-2011
    Thanks Dave, spot on with the cycle track round the EWS tank, remember it well now.
    The tank always seemed to be part-filled with dirty water, old prams (great for bogie wheels), bricks and other rubbish - it was always a "dare" to climb in and rummage around.
    Remember the bookies now and the name Briggs.
    My Dad used to tell me that when betting was illegal in the 50's, bets were handed to a "b... more >>

  • Re: Back Entry by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 21-Sep-2011
    Don't think it's the area we miss, I think it's the childhood and carefree days we miss.

  • Re: Back Entry by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 21-Sep-2011
    YOU CANT BUILD A DESCENT BOGIE ANYMORE , THE WHEELS ARE TO SMALL ON THESE MODERN BUGGIES

  • Re: Back Entry by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 21-Sep-2011
    That's correct Danny, and with the cost of these modern buggies, it's almost cheaper to buy a small car!!

  • Re: Back Entry by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 24-Sep-2011
    I well remember Slater's back entry bookmaker just off Queens Road near Gorton baths. I had my first bet there when I was fifteen. I even remember the horse - Charles Mannering - which won at around 7/2. God, how I wish it had lost? It's cost me a bloody fortune since.

  • Re: Back Entry by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 24-Sep-2011
    Snap .... i know the feeling Jack, I won 800 on the irish lottery first go, on the computor a couple of years ago and have been trying for a repeat ever since.

  • Re: Back Entry by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 29-Sep-2011
    Nice one winning that £800 Mary. Funnily enough, I have been doing the Irish Lottery now for the past two years and been quite lucky. Both my wife and I started off doing the straight one pound for three numbers, but then found that they were coming up on the other draws (there are three draws as you know), so we then decided to reduce the stake to 25p a line and do three doubles and a treble on ... more >>

  • Re: Back Entry by Bill Entwistle (Member 10266722) on 24-Oct-2011
    The bookies was not on Henry Street, it was at the top end of Norton Street from Clowes Street. My dad sent me to put a bet on at the end of his slip of paper he had to have a code so he could avoid getting caught as it was illegal to bet. His was XPS and when I asked what it stood for he said Expects Something. I don't know how he collected his winings,if any.

  • Re: Back Entry by philip orme (Member 10262543) on 18-Nov-2012
    i used to take a bet for my dad .his nomdeplume was alfox/

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Pat o'neil by Gary morris (Member 10236122) on 14-Sep-2011
Still looking for Patricia o'Neil who lived around the Peacock Strret area of Gorton in the late 70's with her brother Patrick.They owned a capuccin monkey.patricia worked at Cee n Cee supermarket (Kwik Save) on Reddish Lane.She had short reddish hair & was of slim build around 5' 6" tall.Loved a cigarette did Pat!!!!

Anyone with any info,much appreciated!!!
  
  • Re: Pat o'neil by Diane Farmer (Member 10250547) on 22-Sep-2011
    Hello Gary, have you tried manmates.co.uk its another site for Manchester folks looking for frinds and relatives. Good luck in your search.

  • Re: Pat o'neil by Gary morris (Member 10236122) on 22-Sep-2011
    Thanks for the tip Diane,i'll give it a go!!!

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PUSH BIKES by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Sep-2011
Why do a lot of males on bikes go through red lights, ride two on a bike, and be allowed to ride on pavements or without lights, are the police turning more of a blind eye to them these days, because they seem to be getting away with things a lot more than they did in my younger days. (And it isn't just children)   
  • Re: PUSH BIKES by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 24-Sep-2011
    Actually you will find that the police encourage youngsters to cycle on the pavement to avoid them going on the main road. I don't agree with it and have come close to getting hit a few times whilst walking on the pavement in Blackpool. I'll bet there is many an elderly person fell foul of these pavement cyclist.

  • Re: PUSH BIKES by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 24-Sep-2011
    Same with these disabled scooters on the road, they seem to think they are driving a car.

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What you don't see anymore. by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 13-Sep-2011
Kids in class with that purple stuff on their scabs........haha. or the kid in front of you with his / her head jumping with nits........
Thank God. I'm scrathing just typing this..ha ha.
  
  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Sep-2011
    Don't see nits anymore, but think that is because we are not involved with having to keep a childs head clean, I hear mother's still complaining it's hard work to keep on top of it when a child is in school, which brings me back to a time we stood in assembly when I saw the biggest lise I had ever seen crawling up the parting at the back of the head of the snob of the class, I hadn't the guts to s... more >>

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Sep-2011
    You don't see anymore a child running an errand for a neighbour, admitted we did it to earn a penny, but children don't have to earn money to spend anymore, we just spoil them with too much, they don't have to earn it.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 14-Sep-2011
    Pity it wasn't the day for the nit nurse, Mary.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 14-Sep-2011
    1) Wives carrying white jugs of frothy beer home from the "out-door beer licence" for the "old man".
    2) Cream and white stones for steps.
    3) Community laundries with hand-carts and old prams full of washing.
    4)Policemen in proper helmets with clean boots and neat creases in their trousers.
    5) Bus conductors.
    6. Sh... more >>

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 17-Sep-2011
    Sorry about this,- White dog muck!! Now dont tell me it didnt exist. I have mentioned this to several "mature friends" and all agree. Perhaps it is because it is not left around for long these days. And not many chaps wear caps any more.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Sep-2011
    YOU'VE TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH ROY, I WAS OFTEN GOING TO MENTION THIS, BUT DIDN'T DARE, BUT DO YOU THINK IT WAS THE DOG'S POOR DIET? MANY A TIME I HAVE LOOKED AS A CHILD TO DRAW MY HOP SCOTCH, THINKING I HAD PICKED A BIT OF WHITE STONE UP, AND GOT THE WRONG THING BY MISTAKE, I SHUDDER TO THINK OF IT NOW, BUT WHAT WE DO AS KIDS!

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Sep-2011
    just been discussing this white dog muck thing, and I am informed by my husband, that a friend of his who was a dog handler, told him one of the causes of this was if a dog had eaten bread.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 17-Sep-2011
    Mary
    I had a white dog and it's poo was the same colour as any other dogs. ha ha

    What about dolly blue for the washing

    or them hair nets women wore especialy the ones with them little pearls on.

    Dave

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 17-Sep-2011
    And when it dried and you gave it a kick it was like a cloud of white dust !.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by julie (Member 10255407) on 17-Sep-2011
    Hi everyone, not been on for ages hope you are all well.
    Marbles we dont see kids playing with marbles or allies as I remember calling them.
    We used to be able to buy them from the newsagents, they came in a little white net bag .
    I bet there are hundreds down the grids

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 17-Sep-2011
    They were also very good for use in the slings / catapults.......that is when your thumb nail didn't get in the way....that usedto make your eyes water a bit, well untill the nail fell off.ooooooch.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 18-Sep-2011
    It was bones. All dog owners used to ask the butcher for a bone for the dog. I learned at a cost of £300 15 years ago not to give a dog a bone. Mine chewed up a large pork bone, and the stuff set like cement in her tubes. The vet said she can't leave these premises until she's had an emergency operation. He had to open her up and work it all through her bowels by hand. It was like shards of glass... more >>

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 18-Sep-2011
    Sorry about this but it was a true complaint to a Town Hall where a woman said "It's the dog mess I find hard to swallow".
    I can understand that.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by julie (Member 10255407) on 18-Sep-2011
    Lol Peter

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by julie (Member 10255407) on 18-Sep-2011
    Remember asking for the scratchings at the chippy?

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 18-Sep-2011
    The hard skin from round the cheese. Squadies/ sailors home on leave in their uniforms,them 3 wheeled scammel trucks from the railway( one of which run me over on corner of Froxmere st. / Gorton Ln.) Rag n Bone man, Biscuits sold from square tins,Gold Top milk ( jersey full cream ).

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 18-Sep-2011
    Rolling up newspapers and tying them into knots to light the fire

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 18-Sep-2011
    that type of fly catcher you hung up and it held dead fly's hanging down stuck on it

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 18-Sep-2011
    Chips wrapped in newspaper and butter beans sold at the chippy

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 18-Sep-2011
    Customers in a pub stood singing, Wonder if it's because of the prices?

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 19-Sep-2011
    1. Chemists that cared.
    2. Landlords walking from door to door, and collecting rent in little leather bags.
    3. Men emptying gas and electricity meters and giving rebates in coins wrapped in brown paper.
    4. Trolley buses.
    5. Pianos in pubs.
    6. Clean publi... more >>

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 19-Sep-2011
    The Truant officer, I can remember one that used to cycle all over the place..........only caught me once, on kirkmanshulme Lane. a right misrable sod he was to.
    People stepping off the back of buses....Wouldn't be allowed now H & S. If we had that type of bus.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 19-Sep-2011
    In the 70's our Wag Man was called Mr Lunt. It escapes me now what the lads at school called him.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 19-Sep-2011
    Hi John. Hence the old saying: "Do you think I've fallen off the back of a bus?"

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 19-Sep-2011
    Was he a tall guy that used to wear a Michael Crawford coat,haha. think this is the same guy who I had the pleasure of dodging. ha ha.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 19-Sep-2011
    He rode a bike everywhere John, covering Central High School for Boys on Kirky Lane

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 19-Sep-2011
    My wag officer was called Mr Barrington, funny how you never forget their names, he was fat and probably a nice guy, but us kids used to shudder at the sight of him.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by julie (Member 10255407) on 19-Sep-2011
    I think the wag man on the bike was nic named saddler I remember him wearing a mac type coat

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 24-Sep-2011
    parkies

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 25-Sep-2011
    A Parky would have to be a brave man these days.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 28-Sep-2011
    CUSTOMERS in pubs.......ask any landlord.
    Signs in shops saying "Please do not ask for credit as a refusal Will offend."
    old fashioned cobblers.
    coal wagons delivering to the front of houses, down the coal hole.
    that green smog from clayton annolin.?

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 28-Sep-2011
    My old friend Tommy Mills, licensee of the Gorton Mount, had a novelty alternative sign behind his bar - "Please do not ask for credit, as a refusal is usually accompanied by a broken nose".
    In actual fact, he was a very generous soul, sadly missed.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 10-Oct-2011
    Just looking through the messages again about "What you don't see anymore" the other day and was going to go back to it later on to put the fact that don't see inspectors on buses anymore. Well, believe it or not, that same day I got the bus into Blackpool and who should get on the bus, yes, the inspector. Well I had a good laugh to myself and when he came to see the ticket I was still smiling, w... more >>

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 12-Oct-2011
    Jack, you see them in Manchester. And quite often they have 2 burly policemen with them. Shame has been replaced by violence and threats.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 13-Oct-2011
    That really is very sad Peter.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Janet Proctor (Member 10266423) on 16-Oct-2011
    Hi. you dont see kids playing out with home made toys like whip and tops and stilts made by dads or playing hopscotch or skipping games, elastic band games

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 16-Oct-2011
    Or doing hand stands against the wall and playing ball games on the wall, being an end house we often had the noise of the ball thrown against the wall and I could even play with three balls at that time, still can memories the verses we threw the ball to the rythmn of.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by julie (Member 10255407) on 16-Oct-2011
    remember this one Mary
    Have a cigarette sir , no sir , why sir
    coz i got a cold sir, where did you get your cold sir , from the North pole sir , what you doing there sir , catching polar bears sir.

    On each sir that was said did you lift your leg and throw the ball under , Main question HA HA
    can you still do it .... Julie

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by julie (Member 10255407) on 16-Oct-2011
    do you remember clackers think thats what we called them
    Two solid rock hard plastic balls ( a bit smaller then a tennis ball )with a string on and you had to shake them up and down quite fast so the made a clacking sound, there was a knack to it if you did not get it right well your knuckels got the bashing.
    What about the tin can on a string tied round your ankle then spun it round then jumpe... more >>

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 16-Oct-2011
    I remember that one Julie, how you brought back memories, I CAN DO ALL SORTS IN MY DREAMS, BUT I HAVE THE KIDS LAUGHING WHEN I TRY TO RUN ACROSS THE LIVING ROOM, MY ARMS MOVE BUT MY LEGS WON'T, JOINED A PAINTING CLASS AND WAS AMAZED THAT THE OLD CODGERS COULD HOP, I HAVE ARTHRITAS IN MY KNEES AND MY FOOT WON'T EVEN LIFT FROM THE FLOOR, YOU HAVE TO LAUGH OR YOU WOULD CRY, OH FOR THOSE ENERGETIC YOUNG DAYS!

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 16-Oct-2011
    When did those giant boxes of chocolates with landscaped picture lids dissapear? one of my aunties always seemed to have one in her cupboard. Were they just a Christmas item or out in the shops all year round? I can only think of them as Cadbury's but did other firms do them? And when they were empty they seemed to be kept to store old family photo's inside.

    Can someone tell me what those white... more >>

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 16-Oct-2011
    Did anyone else ever have an Advent calender at Christmas when the chocolate tasted terrible, it was really greasy "seconds" I think that some cheap factory turned out.
    Cadbury's never really got involved in producing them until the late 80's - they had a reputation to protect I think.
    On that point, the chocolate in those "gold" coins was rubbish as I recall.
    You never see a decent sized Waggon Wheel these days.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 16-Oct-2011
    Pretend handguns made out of four wooden clothes pegs, remember making those?

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by julie (Member 10255407) on 16-Oct-2011
    Hee hee Mary comes to us all in the end.
    I must admit I did a bit of showing off this afternnoon with two apples and an orange.
    juggling them in the air, first the two apples easy peasy then added the orange, after a little practice I managed all three.
    My neighbour opposite could see mw running round the living room and came over to investigate.
    I had to laugh she is older than me in her 60'... more >>

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 16-Oct-2011
    Can't say on here how far back I do remember Julie as most of you won't know what I am talking about isn.t it awful when your so ancient ? No thinking about it I count my blessings still young at heart

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 18-Oct-2011
    I vaguely remember making a kind of catapult using an elastic band which stretched from one end of a stick to the other where there was a clothes peg holding the stone. All you had to do to fire it was to release the peg. My elder brother claims his gang made a kind of gatling gun with these bands and pegs all the way round a cylinder-shaped gun so it could fire many stones at once.

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 18-Oct-2011
    Do you remember firing a peice of folded paper, on an elastic band, holding the paper between your teeth?

  • Re: What you don't see anymore. by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 18-Oct-2011
    What about making darts in class. 1st get a dippy pen nib..break in half. 2nd shove half pennib into a straw........and away you go.

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Weather by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Sep-2011
Why do people moan about the weather, every type of weather has a memory good as well as bad, why don't people be more adventurous in their outlook, and think to themselves "that's life" keep your laughs coming in everyone.   
  • Re: Weather by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 13-Sep-2011
    Yes you are right....Its the same as there are no bad holidays in Britain.....Just bad choice of clothing. ! !

  • Re: Weather by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 13-Sep-2011
    I often am amazed by the way people react to our weather, after two days of hot sunshine they're moaning that it's too hot, "I can't stand much more of this," they will say. Tell me this then, why is it that the very same people go to Spain for their holidays?

  • Re: Weather by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 13-Sep-2011
    To be honest I hear a lot of complaining about this year's summer weather. True, it has had its share of gloominess and rain, but overall it isn't too bad. Like a lot of people I work, and the only time the weather is relevant in terms of leisure is at weekends. So, if we tend to get a run of bad weekends we end up saying the weather's been awful. With an inside job, you tend to disregard the weat... more >>

  • Re: Weather by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 15-Sep-2011
    I live in Lincolnshire now, very flat, no real hills, but what I get is big open skies all the time.
    I see weather coming from miles away and I realise that having been brought up in West Gorton, with all the houses and factories on top of you, there was not much sky to see and when weather came, hot, cold, windy or rainy, it was all pretty sudden and unannounced.
    Still, I miss it even now in my... more >>

  • Re: Weather by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 15-Sep-2011
    When I come on this site and read how much some of you miss West Gorton, I realize how lucky I am to have lived here all my life, I have seen some changes , but it is still the old place to me, and there are still a few families here that can remember the good old days, I would never like to leave the place, just had all my house renovated and it looks as good as new in every room (Thanks to the ... more >>

  • Re: Weather by Ed Cars (Member 10272780) on 20-Apr-2012
    We are always amazed by the weather no matter where in the world we are,In Boston MA where I live we are normally looking at plenty of snow anything from a couple of feet per storm to in some cases 5 feet,this year as been very light and we have recorded record high Temps throughout the winter season,with little snow, (which I am grateful for)Many folks say it is Global Warming,I tend to think it... more >>

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PUTTING YOUR FOOT IN IT by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 11-Sep-2011
When I first left school I worked at Slack & Cox one of our duties was to keep the floor clean. One day I was mopping a reception room, and there was a man sat talking to a member of staff, get the corners he shouted to me laughing, well if you can do better here's the mop I said laughing, the following morning, the boss came in work, I was a new commer and he had been off since before I found a j... more >>   
  • Re: PUTTING YOUR FOOT IN IT by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 14-Sep-2011
    I USE TO PLAY POOL FOR GORTON LABOUR CLUB AND EVERY THURSDAY SOME ONE MADE SANDWICHES FOR BOTH TEAMS ONE NIGH I WAS TALKING ABOUT THE BUTTIES AND COMPLAINING SAYING THAT THEY WERE NOT VERY NICE AND ASKING WHO MADE THEM ,JUST MY LUCK IT WAS THE CAPTAINS MRS, SAT RIGHT OPPOSITE ME . I WAS SLIGHTLY EMBARRASSED

  • Re: PUTTING YOUR FOOT IN IT by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 14-Sep-2011
    Do you remember big John Allan ( jock ). Jimmy Coulson, Eric Roberts.? ? at all?

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Gangs by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 11-Sep-2011
See a gang in the street these days and they look bored and looking for trouble,in our child hood we were more interested in finding a can to play kick can, a tin for hop scotch, or a rope to swing on a lamp post, or skip, what do you think they look for these days ?   
  • Re: Gangs by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 11-Sep-2011
    Victims unfortunately.

  • Re: Gangs by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 11-Sep-2011
    Too true John, gang used to mean fun and friendship, now it means trouble.

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Jumble Sales by Diane Farmer (Member 10250547) on 11-Sep-2011
Does anyone remember being dragged round church halls rummaging through piles of clothes and broken toys... still got a green jumper from one of them   
  • Re: Jumble Sales by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 11-Sep-2011
    Yes I do, and I remember that not all were confined to toys and clothes (though we had our share), and we got a double bed, a wardrobe and a replacement tin bath from a Jumble Sale in St Mark's Church Hall on Hyde Road.
    We hired a man with a hand-cart to bring them to our house on Clowes Street, and my Dad gave him an extra half-crown to lug the bed and the wardrobe upstairs.

  • Re: Jumble Sales by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 11-Sep-2011
    I remember once when a jumble sale was held at Our Lady and St. Thomas Church on Mount Road, and us lads were asked to help out. It was a hot day and one of my friends, Brian Holmes, took his coat off and left it draped over one of the tables, later a woman picked it up, looked at it then said to me, "How much?" "6d," I replied. With that she paid the money and was off with it. My pal went daft wh... more >>

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Whit Sunday by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 8-Sep-2011
Kids dressed up in their Whit week clothes, mum's on pins in case they ruined them and they would not be able to pawn them on Monday morning And silly old women shouting "God knows is own" as it poured down on the whit walks, all good fun And alot to look forward to at that time of year   
  • Re: Whit Sunday by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 9-Sep-2011
    I REMEMBER THE WHIT WALKS , GETTING UP SUNDAY MORNING ,PUTTING ON YOUR NEW CLOTHES THEN GOING ROUND TO FREINDS AND NEIGHBOURS SHOWING THEM OFF AND SOMETIMES THEY WOULD GIVE YOU SOME MONEY AND THEN OFF TO THE CONGRAGATIONAL CHURCH TO GATHER FOR THE WALKS UP CMABERT LANE GORTON LANE , CASSON ST, TAYLORS ST , IT SEEMED TO TAKE FOR EVER OR WAS IT BECAUSE I WAS SMALL.

  • Re: Whit Sunday by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 9-Sep-2011
    Yes it did seem a long walk Danny, especially if your new shoes were rubbing, at least the little girls had more of a chance of comfort in their whitend gollies, do you remember the crowd giving you a clap as you passed them?

  • Re: Whit Sunday by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 10-Sep-2011
    I remember walking with St James' choir in the Whit Walks around Gorton, and all my mates heckling us because we used to wear blue cassocks and white surplices, and they thought it hilarious.
    The usual route was down Cambert Lane, right into Taylor Street, right into Gorton Lane,then up one of the side streets and criss-crossing Cambert Lane again, then onto Hyde Road, left into Gortoncross Stree... more >>

  • Re: Whit Sunday by francis wilcox (Member 10265187) on 11-Sep-2011
    Hy Mary lots of good times them days wonder how menney folks are still around that remember us will se you before we go back Frank

  • Re: Whit Sunday by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 11-Sep-2011
    Some of the best times I ever spent were in Openshaw at Whit Week. No matter how hard up parents were, they always bought their children new clothes even if they had to go into debt (which most did) and pay on the weekly. I always had a nice new suit, which normally came from Leons tailors on Hyde Road. I would get up early on Whit Sunday morning, have my breakfast, get all dolled up in my new sui... more >>

  • Re: Whit Sunday by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 11-Sep-2011
    Hi Frank fancy meeting you here, we can talk forever about those good old times, you must have many laughs to give us, you should come on here more, and don't forget this time to come to see us before you go back to the USA Cheers Mary Give Anna my love. X

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PLACARDS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 8-Sep-2011
Right you Gortonians! do you remember the wall placards around West Gorton, which do you remember? There was one near Belle view, with the mouth of a pelican open showing a row of guiness, it was there for years do you remember it? and behind Belle Vue one with a devils imp advertising chewing gum. and how about the belle vue circus and speedway posters do you remember them?   
  • Re: PLACARDS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 8-Sep-2011
    Sorry that should read Belle Vue, shame on me for spelling it veiw.

  • Re: PLACARDS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 10-Sep-2011
    There was a large wall poster on Hyde Road near to the Prison Ground that urged us to go to North Wales using the trains from Exchange Station.
    It showed two small children making sandcastles on the beach at Rhyl.

  • Re: PLACARDS by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 11-Sep-2011
    At the south end of Mount Rd.,there was an engineering firm called Elliots, and on their roadside wall were some large plackards.One was for the Essoldo cinema,advertising the films,either showing or forthcoming. There was one for the Ardwick Hippodrome at one time,- does anyone recall that place?. there was the usual Guiness advert with the toucan. also one carried adverts for Colmans starch, Ste... more >>

  • Re: PLACARDS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 11-Sep-2011
    Hi Roy,
    Yes I remember the Ardwick Hippodrome, directly opposite the Apollo Cinema -(where I learned to waltz at a Dancing School held in one of the cinema's large reception rooms).
    The Hippodrome had a cast-iron awning with a glass-paneled roof running round the Hyde Road and Higher Ardwick sides, and under which we used to queue to get to the entrance doors.
    I only went twice, both Christmas ... more >>

  • Re: PLACARDS by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 11-Sep-2011
    I remember the Hippodrome very well and went there on many occasions. The last time I went, Lonnie Donegan was the star attraction, with Des O'Connor appearing way down on the bill. Then I remember years later when Des O'Connor became a big star, him having Lonnie Donegan as about the third guest on his show. How times change, Lonnie must have thought at the time. Both of them great entertainers o... more >>

  • Re: PLACARDS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 11-Sep-2011
    Was what I called a Pelican a Toucan Roy? I don't know the differance.I never heard of a Toucan

  • Re: PLACARDS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 11-Sep-2011
    Hello Mary, yes it was a toucan.

  • Re: PLACARDS by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 11-Sep-2011
    Pelican, is a wunderful bird,
    It'sbeak can hold more than it's belly can. ha ha ha.

  • Re: PLACARDS by julie (Member 10255407) on 17-Sep-2011
    like someone I know ha ha

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Colour changes. by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 8-Sep-2011
Whilst round at my Mam and Dads house yesterday we got talking about how West Gorton use to be. One of the topics was the change in the colour of Ambulance's, the furthest back I could remember them were the purple and black Bedford J1 models with the chrome bells on the front bumper from Belle Vue St station. But my dad was saying he seems to remember brown Manchester Ambulances at one time, ( I ... more >>   
  • Re: Colour changes. by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 8-Sep-2011
    Those little green vans you refer to belonged to the GPO ( General Post Office) I think this eventually became POT,- Post office Telephones. The GPO also had large lorries with trailers that carried telephone poles and heavy equipment. The father of my school pal a chap called Edwin Leeson came to grief one horrendous night going over Shap.On an icey road his trailer jackknifed and tried to `overt... more >>

  • Re: Colour changes. by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 8-Sep-2011
    Thanks Roy, I've just Googled GPO vans and there they all were. Morris Minor 1000's - 5 cwt Thames and BMC J4's .... brilliant.

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Old Radios by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 6-Sep-2011
I have always been fascinated with old wireless sets. As a child living with my parents and grandparents, the radio was always on,- there were no TV`s then. Grandad had an old Cossor which had 3 inputs,- mains,an accumulater,and a 9 volt grid bias battery. The accumulater had to be taken to Hulses hardware shop on Mount Rd., for charging up. when we moved to Levenshulme, my Dad rented a Regentone ... more >>   
  • Re: Old Radios by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 7-Sep-2011
    I Remember the old accumulator Roy, my mum used to take it to be charged on Levenshulme Road,
    sometimes running late before the shop closed, funny how it was always the males who treasured the wireless, my dad used to tune in for hours, i can still hear the whistling and interferrance on the wireless, it seemed to take ages before he was satisfied with result.she would put the accumulator at th... more >>

  • Re: Old Radios by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 10-Sep-2011
    I remember taking my gran's accumulator to be re-charged by a man who ran a cycle and radio shop on Clowes Street, on the opposite street corner to the Union Chapel, close to Dr Scott's surgery and Bert Hall's butcher's shop.
    It looked like a junk shop when you went in, but you could by anything electrical in there, especially light bulbs, bakelite wall switches, pull-switches and flex, fuses and... more >>

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Names by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 5-Sep-2011
Do you like your christian name? and what did you want to be called? I think more women are disatisfied on this one than men. Mine is Mary, how old fashion can you get then that? Mind you I know a Tuesday and a Bracken, (I'm saying nothing on that) do you know any unusual names?   
  • Re: Names by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 5-Sep-2011
    My mothers maiden name was GIELTY, its from an island off the west coast of Ireland.....Guess what my middle name is, john Gielty Carlton.!!!!That caused a few skuffles in the playground, untill I dropped it.mind you I have been on a few occasions ( guilty ) haha. I know a man here in Mayo and his middle name is MARY.!!! He says he had no choice in the matter, maybe mines not that bad afterall.

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Swearing by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 4-Sep-2011
Why do people have to come out with four letter words in a respectable conversation? is it that they are not educated enough to choose a better word ?   
  • Re: Swearing by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 4-Sep-2011
    Margaret, I confess to using bad language occasionally, mainly when I am riled. but I don't use it in normal conversation. It annoys me that pubs allow it now whereas at one time you would be told to cut it out or leave. The vault was different of course, and barmaids had to put up with it. But some people use it every fourth word, and it just isn't clever, even when their children are with them. ... more >>

  • Re: Swearing by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 4-Sep-2011
    And sorry Mary, but you're not Margaret. My mistake.

  • Re: Swearing by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 4-Sep-2011
    I know some nice down to earth people who use this kind of talk but there is a time and a place, perhaps I feel too touchy but I feel a man doesn'nt respect a woman when he comes out with it to her.

  • Re: Swearing by Janet Proctor (Member 10266423) on 16-Oct-2011
    I've been with my husband for over 30 years, and i've never ever heard him use bad language. I dont use it either, and i cringe when i'm with anyone that uses four letter words

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TOPICS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-Sep-2011
AM I GETTING THE TOPICS GOING AGAIN ALRIGHT PAUL? TROUBLE IS I THINK I AM ONE OF THE OLDEST ON HERE FROM GORTON, AND I AM AFRAID TO GO TOO FAR BACK.   
  • Re: TOPICS by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 2-Sep-2011
    Hello Mary do you still live in West Gorton and how long have you lived in the area some of my past relations lived in Thomas street and clewes street and my Dad was born in Robert Street. His sister lived in Thomas street untill the late 60s and he never spoke to her for 60 years never knew why its seems odd Regards Joyce

  • Re: TOPICS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 2-Sep-2011
    Let me know their names Joyce! Perhaps I will know them, I have lived in West Gorton all my life, and as you see I am in my late seventies now (Don't feel it though) I was on the prison ground as a child and attending St Francis school, we must know a lot of people in Gorton you and I, cheers Mary

  • Re: TOPICS by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 3-Sep-2011
    Thank you Mary for getting back to me The Name was Carson and Edgerton they lived at no 132 & 134 Thomas St My Dads youngest sisier was Ethel she also had a daughter called Ethel but i dont know her married name i think she lived in Thomas St until the late 60s then moved to Cheadle. My Dad was listed as living in the 1911 at 74 clowes Street with his Dad and Uncle. I was born in Hampden Grove a... more >>

  • Re: TOPICS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 3-Sep-2011
    None of the names you mentioned rings a bell, Joyce, and yet the name Rita Gibson sounds familier, we never knew the boys at the Monestary because they were not mixed classes
    but as you say, bet we have passed each other in the street many times, and even let on, it's surprising how many people we knew by sight only, and you must admitt we were all a friendly lot in those days, we had nothing to ... more >>

  • Re: TOPICS by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 6-Sep-2011
    Hi Mary Thank you once again when you said the name Rita Gibson rang a bell she was the queen round about 1948/9 it was a big honer for her parents in them days. Hope you had a good week end i have just got back from a short visit to see our daughter in Wales and fetched plenty of home grown veg back what a joy' Regards Joyce

  • Re: TOPICS by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 6-Sep-2011
    Mary forgot to ask you do recall a tap dancing school on Hyde Road called Elsie Waltons i think her mother had a butchers shop in Clowes Street

  • Re: TOPICS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 6-Sep-2011
    Yes I remember an Elsie Walton's tap dancing class Joyce! But can't remember where the shop actually was on Hyde road, did it have a Black stained glass window? That is where I remember Rita,s name from, her being a May crowning Queen, it was certainly a honour to crown "Our Lady" I recall the child had to attend Sunday mass without a miss for 12 month's, wrong really, because the mum's dragged th... more >>

  • Re: TOPICS by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 7-Sep-2011
    Hi Mary. In your message yesterday, you mentioned taking your accumulater to Levenshulme Rd. My Mum knew a lsdy who either worked at,or owned a shop there,- I think it was a greengrocers`,not 100% sure though. I remember the name Allcock and I think she knew her from when they went to Old Hall Drive school. Does this ring any bells?.

  • Re: TOPICS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 8-Sep-2011
    No I was too young to remember any shop names Roy, we lived in Hemsworth Road (near Melons playing fields) until I was six, then moved to West Gorton in Forbes Street. I remember though old Hall drive School, I went there under five, until the Sacred Heart took me in ,they wouldn't take under fives at that time.

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PREMONITION DREAMS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-Sep-2011
Has anyone got a tale to tell, my dream happend many years ago...... Two of my daughter in laws were about to give birth, after three son,s myself, and just two grandson's,I was yearning for a little girl by now, I hoped the one with the two lads wouldn't be the one to give me the girl, because she had been so depriving me of cuddling the boys, so I wished for the other daughter in law to have th... more >>   
  • Re: PREMONITION DREAMS by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 1-Sep-2011
    maybe this will help...www.dreaminterpreting.co.uk

  • Re: PREMONITION DREAMS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Sep-2011
    About 17 years ago, I was driving from Gloucestershire with my son, aged 15, who I had just picked up from school, and we were on our way to Penzance in Cornwall for a weekends' sea fishing.
    I was divorced at the time, but we went away every couple of weeks, just the two of us.
    He started to tell me about a teacher who was giving him a bit of a hard time at school because he would not have his h... more >>

  • Re: PREMONITION DREAMS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 3-Sep-2011
    Someone wanted to show your son and you what Mr Potter looked like in old age, wish I could have read your mind as you looked at him, was you thinking "yes you old ..... you gave me a dog's life at school! " made you both remember a lovely day out together anyway, (everything happen's for a reason I believe.)

  • Re: PREMONITION DREAMS by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 3-Sep-2011
    Only yesterday morning I dreamt that I was starving, I badly needed a shave and a pee, and that I needed to get up for work. When I woke up it was all true.

    Beat that!

    (Ignore me, just... more >>

  • Re: PREMONITION DREAMS by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 3-Sep-2011
    Peter
    The other night I was dreaming that the phone was ringing and when I woke up it was. How weird is that then.
    Seriously though years ago I was walking down a long corridor at the MRI when a phone was ringing as I was passing the booth. There was no one about so I answered it. The voice on the other end of the line asked for someone and I explained where I was and it was a public pay phone. ... more >>

  • Re: PREMONITION DREAMS by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 4-Sep-2011
    That is spooky Dave. Billions to one chance there. Me and my wife went to see Poltergeist I think in 1982 at the Odeon. It was Saturday night and I'd had a couple of pints beforehand. About an hour into the film I needed to go to the loo, and I noticed a guy getting up from his seat a few rows in front, and I entered the toilets behind him. We stood there minding our own business at the ablutions ... more >>

  • Re: PREMONITION DREAMS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 4-Sep-2011
    THANKS EVERYONE FOR WRITING ON THIS TOPIC THERE MUST BE MORE PLEASE KEEP THEM COMING IN, I AM ENJOYING THE FEED BACK

  • Re: PREMONITION DREAMS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 4-Sep-2011
    My brother Christopher is the most level-headed man I know, and certainly not prone to fantasy or exaggeration, but told me this story a few years ago:
    About 9:00 am one morning he was alone in his house near Leigh and was in the bath, nobody else was in the house at all, when he heard his front door slam.
    He jumped out of the bath, wrapped a towel round himself and walked to the top of the stai... more >>

  • Re: PREMONITION DREAMS by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 4-Sep-2011
    Another weird experience I had with a telephone was about 10 years ago when I was living in a sheltered housing scheme with my partner who was the warden. We were preparing food downstairs for the Christmas party in the day room kitchen when she asked me to go to the office upstairs to fetch some keys.When I was going into the office I could hear our phone ringing in the flat next door to the offi... more >>

  • Re: PREMONITION DREAMS by Kenneth Fuller (Member 10267312) on 26-Nov-2011

    John, I believe the technical name for this strange unexplained psychic phenomenon is falling asleep in the bath and having a (perhaps unusually vivid) dream.

    Also Dave, if your granddad had the power to physically emanate and wave to elderly ladies, why didn’t he just appear to you and warn you of the danger, rather than going round the houses using ethereal telephones? The answers are the... more >>

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vale cottage by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 1-Sep-2011
vale cottage closed on 30/8/11 , to hard to make a living in pubs these days unless you can pack it every night and if you do that the rents go up,too many people wanting to much out of a pint,how long it will be closed i dont know ,John and Alison will be sorely missed.   
  • Re: vale cottage by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 1-Sep-2011
    So sad... had many a pint in there ( underage )then sneaking through to see if my parents were in the Lord Nelson,before having one in there.
    Of course that was MANY moons ago. thanks for the heads up,I will now delete it off my places to visit when I return to GB.

  • Re: vale cottage by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 1-Sep-2011
    That is a shock. The country is changing and not for the better. The Vale was always one of the classier places. Near me, the pubs are hanging on because they allow kids in pushchairs, and generally not being choosy about who they let in. That then kills it for people who just want a pleasant environment, so they stay away. Pubs will soon be for the all day career-drinkers soon, and many already are.

  • Re: vale cottage by vic godden (Member 10264876) on 1-Sep-2011
    Sad to see a good pub closing, it was a hidden gem in Gorton. Hopefully it will re-open

    Possibly its location stopped it picking up custom from passing trade.

  • Re: vale cottage by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Sep-2011
    I can't believe it!
    Another institution, one of the oldest pubs in Gorton, closed down.
    If it fails to re-open, and let's all hope that it does, the Council should open it up as a small museum of Gorton Life.
    I bet they don't even consider it. Sad sad sad.

  • Re: vale cottage by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Sep-2011
    I can't believe it!
    Another institution, one of the oldest pubs in Gorton, closed down.
    If it fails to re-open, and let's all hope that it does, the Council should open it up as a small museum of Gorton Life.
    I bet they don't even consider it. Sad sad sad.

  • Re: vale cottage by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 3-Sep-2011
    Hi John, Been trying to recall just where the Vale Cottage is situated. My Grandfather used to mention it and I think he must have been a customer there back then. At one time he lived in Wilson St. opposite Brookfield church, and used to have a gill or two in the Lord Nelson which Is still there,- that place must have a bit of history attatched to it, do you know anything about it?.

  • Re: vale cottage by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Sep-2011
    Hi Roy,
    As far as I recall, the Vale Cottage was on Kirk Street, near to the Hyde Road end.
    It was not too far from the Lord Nelson.
    I understand it was an ale house in the 1600's, which makes it one of the oldest surviving pubs in Manchester.
    It would be dreadful if it went to ruin, it should be used as a Gorton Museum I think, something to house Gorton's records and the memories of others.
    ... more >>

  • Re: vale cottage by harold wood (Member 10209840) on 3-Sep-2011
    It is very sad to see the Vale close i spent my Stag night in there on June 9th 1961,i have been in lots of times for a Pub Lunch,what is happening to our pubs,is it because people have'nt got the money,perhaps it will open again in the not so distant future i hope so

  • Re: vale cottage by colin barber (Member 10261221) on 8-Sep-2011
    That is terrible news! living just off chapman street, the Vale Cottage became my local throughout the late 70's and early 80's. I even worked there for a while when Ron Almond was the landlord.. It used to be packed on fridays and Saturdays... Christmas Eve drinks in the vale became a tradition...My mum and dad tell me how many pubs are closing down in the UK because of lack of trade, but I neve... more >>

  • Re: vale cottage by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 8-Sep-2011
    thats the problem with most pubs these days.They are only packed fridays and saturdays , but the pub companies want a weeks rent. which with all the other bills cannot be earnt

  • Re: vale cottage by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 8-Sep-2011
    I think the biggest blow to West Gorton was when all the Chester's houses closed down, it seemed such a popular beer, The Harrington The Vic and what was the other's, my dad could name them all, think he went into them that often. and who remembers the old ladies with their outdoor jug of beer?

  • Re: vale cottage by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 10-Sep-2011
    My aunt Mary Carroll, who lived on the Prison Ground used to work behind the bar at The Unicorn on Hyde Road for years.
    The bar was always full, every day, every night, and I can't understand why all these pubs closed, surely there was a case for keeping at least some of them open?
    I know a lot of houses were pulled down, but why did they not leave a few open for the redeveloped areas?

  • Re: vale cottage by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 18-Sep-2011
    I remember going in the Unicorn on a Saturday night in the hot summer of 76. We would have 3-4 drinks in there before going into the Belle Vue Disco/ballroom where they charged the outrageous sum of 32p for a pint of bitter and 30p for mild. The Unicorn sold the creamiest pint of Boddingtons for about 18p. That was considered cheap even then.

  • Re: vale cottage by Ed Cars (Member 10272780) on 16-Apr-2012
    Dear All
    I am a new member to this site having only found it today,My name is Eddy Cars (Edward) and I was born in Gorton in 1954 at number 8 Britons Row Gorton,Those that are about my age or older will recall that the Vale was just around the corner from Britons Row,it was the hub of that part of Gorton and in fact my Grandfather was a Bookies Runner,where he plied his trade from the Vale.
    I ha... more >>

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The Strap by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 31-Aug-2011
Come on own up, how many of you had the strap at school, and what for? I did for being late for school, if you were late three times in a row you got the strap, didn't do much good though, one of my son's was careful and tried to avoid getting the strap, because he was frightend of it, then one time he got it, and misbehaved after, because he wasn't afraid of it anymore.   
  • Re: The Strap by derek Barber (Member 10264804) on 1-Sep-2011
    During my last three years at Thomas Street School

    (50-52)I seemed to atract the STRAP more than anyone else. I got to know all the tricks to soften the blows including whiping my hands away at the last moment I must say though that wasn't thebest of them.

  • Re: The Strap by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-Sep-2011
    Did you know my sister in law Derek at Thomas St School, she was Jean Hartley

  • Re: The Strap by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 1-Sep-2011
    Hi Mary & Derek
    Had the strap a few times at Openshaw Tech and deserved it for not doing my homework.When I was at Thomas Street I had the strap in front of all the school in assembley.I was accused of kicking a girl from another school on my way home from school. I was not the person who did it but I just took the punishment. The strap never hurt on my hands but on my backside it smarted a bit. ... more >>

  • Re: The Strap by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-Sep-2011
    What year was you at Openshaw Tech Dave? i had a nephew who was there he is in his fifties now

  • Re: The Strap by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 1-Sep-2011
    I left OT in 1967. Seth Adams the Tech Drawing teacher gave me the strap on my backside for not doing my homework. The strap came down with one almighty crack (The Noise that is) and all the class was amazed as I did not flinch. I had a block of callard and bowser caramel toffee in my back pocket.He managed to break it into nice bite sized chunks.
    Dave

  • Re: The Strap by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 2-Sep-2011
    You should have done the honourable thing Dave and asked him to do it again after removing the toffee. ;-)

  • Re: The Strap by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 2-Sep-2011
    I think the honourable thing would of been to offer him a chunk of the toffee,and hope he'd choke but of course I didn't, he was a sadistic maniac.

  • Re: The Strap by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Sep-2011
    We had a PE Teacher at Central Grammar School called Mr Potter, an ex-RAF Officer with a dreadful temper.
    Given the slightest reason, he would use a slipper on any of us boys.
    The slipper was about size 13, brown canvas and looked to be years old.
    The thing that hurt was that he always placed a golf ball inside the slipper at the toe end, and believe me, when you got that thing high up on your ... more >>

  • Re: The Strap by derek Barber (Member 10264804) on 3-Sep-2011
    Hi Mary I remember the name but can't put a face to the name.What was her final year at Thomas street.

  • Re: The Strap by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 3-Sep-2011
    Derek there was a big family of Jean's brothers at Thomas Street school, Jean left in 1950. she had an Older brother by two years (Edgar), and younger brother,s by two years between them Ronnie, Raymond ,David, Keith and Brian, all lived in Savoy Street, their dad was foreman at the Corona cinema Birch street, guess you would have known one of them.

  • Re: The Strap by derek Barber (Member 10264804) on 3-Sep-2011
    Mary I guess it would be Edgar that I knew although I don't remeber much about him.

  • Re: The Strap by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 3-Sep-2011
    I was only on the recieving end of the strap once,- for talking in lines. This was at Spurley Hey, and the blow was dealt by a Mr Pearson. He was`nt a big fellow, but boy, could he weald that strap. It stung for quite some time, and it certainly shut me up,- in lines anyway!. Job done!!.

  • Re: The Strap by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 4-Sep-2011
    You are quite right about Mr. Pearson, Roy. I saw him strap half the class on one occasion for taking the rip out of our French teacher Miss Ind. I have only ever seen it brought down on someone's hand with such ferocity once before, and that was when I had the strap off Mr. Walmsley on one occasion for something I didn't really do, but I was there when it was done so got it just the same. I had n... more >>

  • Re: The Strap by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 13-Sep-2011
    I would get the strap for something I didn't do. It was always my homework.

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