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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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Street Bonfires by Karen Hinds (Member 10264686) on 27-Aug-2011
My Dad told me about Bonfire night when he was a kid apparently each street would build a bonfire and you would take turns to 'defend' it from others taking things from it.
Sounded like fun, now you wouldn't get away with it now you have to stand so far back from the fire you can't even feel the heat.
My dad is Alfred Atkinson born 1943 son of Alfred and Fran Atkinson.
any one else remember this.
  
  • Re: Street Bonfires by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 28-Aug-2011
    Yes, we would build them so you could get at least two people inside it to shelter from the rain. I recall tempers getting frayed when a raid took place.

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 29-Aug-2011
    I remember we used to raid other peoples bonfire wood which they had stored in the back gardens. We also used to nick "sleepers" off Jackson's clay pit; they were used for the lines that the trucks ran on from one side of Jackson's to the next. Our bonfire used to last for three days or so, we would keep going every day to put more wood on. We always had it on the red wreck at the top of Hexham Ro... more >>

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 30-Aug-2011
    John Holmes.You know that case you were working on about the missing railway sleepers on Jacksons? You've cracked it, see above.
    :-)

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 30-Aug-2011
    Statute of Limitations I think, John. Ha, ha. The cocky was useless anyway - "High Voice" we used to call him. They must have lost some sleepers over the years though when I come to think about it? It's a wonder the trucks had anything to run on.

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 30-Aug-2011
    I remember collecting bonny wood with my mates and we liberated an empty barrel from behind the labour club facing St Marks Church. I had just dismantled it with my grandads firemans axe when a policeman appeared. I was with Ray Hatton, Paul Beard, Billy Briggs and Linda Briggs. Billy Briggs dad was the local bookie and paid the £5 deposit that was due on the barrel.
    Dave

  • Re: Street Bonfires by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 30-Aug-2011
    Peter, NOW you tell me, 40 years too late! :)

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 31-Aug-2011
    Hello again Jack. just seen your post about bonfire night,- good memories. We had ours on the same "red wreck" on the corner of Lowther Ave, but on the other side of Barnard Rd. Bet you lot nicked our wood more than once!! Happy days yeh!! Did you know Mr Dootson the policeman who lived on the corner of Lowther Ave/Barnard Rd?.

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 31-Aug-2011
    No. I never nicked your wood Roy, it was mainly the O'Connors around the Manby Road and Aylesby Avenue areas. Yes, I knew Mr Dootson very well. I remember a neighbour of mine, I won't mention his name, who was a bloody nutter to say the least, marrying Mr. Dootson's daughter. Both parents went absolutely ballistic, but they didn't stop it going ahead.

    I suppose you would have known the Dalton... more >>

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 1-Sep-2011
    Hello again Jack. Re your last post. I do remember the Daltons from that time. You mention the O`Connors, was one of them called Billy?, if so I am sure he was at Spurley When I was there. Also, was Mr. Dootson`s daughter called Kathleen?, a strange lady indeed. Two of my friends I had at the time were Muriel Cork,- lived on Barnard Rd., her brother and father was a fireman and driver at Longsigh... more >>

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 3-Sep-2011
    Yes, Billy O'Connor was one of the brothers. I think Dootson's daughter was called Kathleen, and she must have been strange to marry my neighbour because he was round the twist. Can't recollect Muriel Cork but I do remember Barbara Corlett. My sister Jean had a very good friend called Connie Ayres who lived in Longsight Road, she was the daughter of Mrs Ayres who lost her three sons when their shi... more >>

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 3-Sep-2011
    Jack, its me again. That Billy o`Connor,- what a rapscallian he was, always in bother.Another family, The Beresfords.we all steered clear of that lot,- they lived two doors down from the passageway that went from Barnard Rd, accross Hexham Rd., to Mount Rd., nearly opposite the Gorton Mount pub. Another lad who was at school with me was Harry Anderson, another trouble maker. it was him who persuad... more >>

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 4-Sep-2011
    Hello again Roy. Yes, I knew the Beresford quite well though they were older than myself. Harry Anderson was a good friend of my brother Ken, whilst his brother, Vic Anderson, was a good friend of mine with whom I played football both with and against him at school. Vic of course went on to play for Manchester City. Harry turned out to be a lovely lad as did Vic. Harry was a PT Instructor in the a... more >>

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 5-Sep-2011
    Jack, thanks for your great reply. I recall Harry Anderson did become a decent chap.He went to work at Crossley Motors in the body shop. I worked there myself for a few years before I joined the Air Force.I also knew Jean Holland. She may not remember me, but if you speak to her again,ask her if she remembers the Wilkinsons,they had a daughter called Margaret. also a Hilda Beaumont, she lived in t... more >>

  • Re: Street Bonfires by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 5-Sep-2011
    RE Harry Anderson. What a great guy!!! I had him as a pe teacher at Bishop Greer ( replacing Mr Pilling ) and Harry was also Our Youth Club Leader ( boss ) at West Gorton Center for Young People. Think I heard he went into the pub trade, then went to Spain, somewhere.Thanks for that memory..

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 5-Sep-2011
    Just been reading your remark Roy about your grandad Hulse, the name Hulse is I believe on my family tree, gran reckond we were related to Sir Joseph Whitworth, but it has never been prove.
    Her parents were called Fitton and she used to say." Go to Gawsworth hall in Macclesfield, and you will find out all about my family " I have been a few times, but never got any satisfaction.

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 5-Sep-2011
    Hello there Mary. An interesting remark there about the name Hulse. I have tried several times to trace Grandad`s name ( Arthur)without success. My Grandmother was Martha (nee Partington) a mill girl from Hindley. they once lived in Wilson St,and before that, in Far Lane.Information is a bit thin on the ground,and the last of that generation passed away only recently.

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 5-Sep-2011
    The only Hulse I remember Roy was the Hulse who had the Ironmongers on Mount Road, but I think he lived on East Road, though I maybe wrong with that. I will ask Jean Holland about what you have said the next time I speak to her.

    As regards Harry Anderson going into the pub game John, I think you will find that it was his brother Jeffrey who went into the pub game and then opened a bar in Spain... more >>

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 5-Sep-2011
    Funny how these names crop up amongst friends, I go on face book now and again (Don't like it really, but go on to get news of distant relatives) Anyway I noticed that a niece of mine in Shropshire has a friend with the surname "Hulse" By the way it is a pleasure to talk with level headed people on Gorton Knowhere after Facebook, what charactors you get on facebook! even our own young members of ... more >>

  • Re: Street Bonfires by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 5-Sep-2011
    I lived opposite a Hulse family who lived on Cambert Lane, on its corner with Rowsley Street, between 1960 and 1970.
    Father was called Fred Hulse, he had one eye, and I can't remember his wife's name.
    They had twin boys, Raymond and Alan, who both attended St. Gregory's Grammar School, Ardwick.
    Alan Hulse went on to be an actor, appearing on Coronation Street and a lot of Jewson adverts.
    Do th... more >>

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 6-Sep-2011
    Thanks for passing on that information John, but I dont think there is a connection there re the Hulses (Cambert Lane)

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 6-Sep-2011
    Mary. I have just read your comments about facebook etc., and I have to agree with you there. I too use it on occasion as my son got me on to it a while ago. as far as I am concerned,it is to contact friends and relations, several who are in Droylsden. Most of the stuff on there is childish drivel, and comments no one wants to read. A young lady I know who is thirty and married puts photos of her ... more >>

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 6-Sep-2011
    To Jack Forshaw. Further to our chats on here, I recently unearthed a School photo. This is one of class 4A which I was in. Harry Anderson is on there, and also a few names I can remember but not all I`m afraid. On one side is Mr Simpson our teacher and on the other Mr Martindale. I have often wondered what happened to these lads and what they did in life. If we ever meet, I shall let you see it.

  • Re: Street Bonfires by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 7-Sep-2011
    for Roy...Please see your faceBook Messages, Ta.

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 7-Sep-2011
    Thanks Roy, I will look forward to seeing that photo, there is even a chance my brother, Ken Forshaw, is it it. Just depends on the year. Have you got my email address? If not it is: Jack_Forshaw@talktalk.net

  • Re: Street Bonfires by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 8-Sep-2011
    For John Carleton. Could you please let me have your email address again, it seems to have disappeared off FB. I can then send the photo to you. Thanks.

  • Re: Street Bonfires by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 8-Sep-2011
    ok, no probs..and THANKS.....jandaozz@gmail.com

    looking forward to it, ta mate.

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Tracing Family by Karen Hinds (Member 10264686) on 27-Aug-2011
Hi,
I know my Mum and Dad have connections with Clowes street and I think Bennett street.
They got married at st marks in 1966.
Alfred Atkinson(b 1943 and Brenda Rigby(b 1946)
I think my dad went to St James but I don't think he liked... more >>
  
  • Re: Tracing Family by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Aug-2011
    Searching Alfred ATKINSON:
    I have looked carefully on Ancestry.co.uk records and cannot find a reference for the birth or marriage of Alfred Atkinson.
    Have you any idea where he was born, did he have a middle name, where was he married and have you any idea of the full name and place of birth of his wife?
    If you want to e-mail me instead, its:
    j.holmes47@sky.com

  • Re: Tracing Family by Karen Hinds (Member 10264686) on 27-Aug-2011
    I think he was born cheshire 22 jun 1912 mothers maiden name Hallam. He was married 1933 to Frances Duff 1933 but don't know which church but it was Manchester. Died 1974.
    I think his dad was frederick Atkinson mother annie Hallam, but can't find any reference to marriage.

  • Re: Tracing Family by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Aug-2011
    Karen,
    Give me a few days, let me see if I can help you,
    John.

  • Re: Tracing Family by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Aug-2011
    Karen,

    You will need to look at this and verify that the facts are correct as far as you know, and this would be your start point if they are correct:

    1) Alfred ATKINSON was born on 22nd June 1912 at Stockport, Cheshire, his mother being a Hallam.
    His Birth Certificate Reference is shown to be JAS19... more >>

  • Re: Tracing Family by derek Barber (Member 10264804) on 1-Sep-2011
    Does any body know what happened to Elizabeth (betty) taylor who left Thomas street school in july 1952.

  • Re: Tracing Family by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Sep-2011
    Derek, give me her approximate year of birth and I will try to find something out for you.

  • Re: Tracing Family by derek Barber (Member 10264804) on 3-Sep-2011
    John betty was born in July 1937.

  • Re: Tracing Family by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Sep-2011
    Derek,

    Have done some digging, unfortunately there are a few few Elizabeth Taylors born around that time in Manchester, here are the ones that seem to fit:

    Elizabeth Taylor, b AMJ 1937 Mother: Sellors
    Elizabeth Taylor, b JAS 1937, Mother... more >>

  • Re: Tracing Family by derek Barber (Member 10264804) on 5-Sep-2011
    Thanks John for your help tracing betty. I think the name Whyatt seems closest,the marriage year seems about right but I lost track of her after that.

  • Re: Tracing Family by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 5-Sep-2011
    Derek, no problem, any time.
    If your assumption is correct - (that Elizabeth Taylor married Brian Whyatt in JFM 1957), they had two children subsequent to that marriage:
    Lesley E Whyatt, b September 1958 at Manchester
    David B Whyatt, b June 1962 at Manchester.
    There are no other births registered against their names, and unfortunately any more detail would be contained in their marriage certif... more >>

  • Re: Tracing Family by derek Barber (Member 10264804) on 6-Sep-2011
    Once again John thanks for your efforts on my behalf. I think Betty and Brian and the two children are the ones I am looking for.

  • Re: Tracing Family by lee michelle roseweir nee tomlinson (Member 10251311) on 31-Dec-2011
    hi my dad(tommy/bert tomlinson) was a good friend of ur dads i remember him always talking about him.

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SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 18-Aug-2011
I REMEMBER DURING THE SIX WEEK HOLS GOING TO RYDER BROW PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR MY DINNERS ALSO A COUPLER OF YEARS LATER GOING TO SPURLEY FOR SOMETHING LIKE THE YOUTH CLUB BUT IN THE MORNING ,FOR TRIPS OUT , ONE OF THE TRIPS WAS DOWN THE BRIDGEWATER CANAL ON A BARGE, I REMEMBER WE HAD TO STOP TO LET THE SWING BRIDGE OPEN TO LET A SHIP FULL,
HAPPY TIMES
  
  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 18-Aug-2011
    Hi Danny
    I remember gaining a free pass for Gorton Baths and spent a good part of the six weeks hols swimming. The only trouble was by the end of the day after all day in the pool my skin looked like tripe. Still it was great and I would be back the next day.
    Dave

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by ronnie chesworth (Member 10264367) on 18-Aug-2011
    i remember swimming with mates in gorton resavouior.and looking for cattapillars in sunny brow park ,they always seemed like long hot sunny days ..went home when hungry.

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 19-Aug-2011
    Looking for frogs and toads under stones at the "Frog Island" at the top of Hemsworth Road, or rafting in the 'swamps' over the back of Mellands, not far from the trainyards/cemetery. Playing in the old air raid shelters close by. Fishing for tiddlers in Debdale reservoir, taking sandwiches and water and being out all day.

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 19-Aug-2011
    for Ronnie, did you live on casson st, near the scrap yard, and go to bishop greer.? If so we used to knoch about together.

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 19-Aug-2011
    for Ronnie, see also this page GORTON FAIRS.

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 19-Aug-2011
    AND WE NEVER CAUSED ANY TROUBLE

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 19-Aug-2011
    JUMPERS FOR GOAL POSTS

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 20-Aug-2011
    A rope swing on a tree over the canal. Trying to build a raft that would float properly on the canal. Whitewashing back yards and outside lavs for not a lot of money. Kids these days haven't got a clue if it aint got button to press or a screen to watch they're lost.

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Aug-2011
    Picking hot pitch off the streets and making a bomb by wrapping the pitch round one end of a lolly stick and pushing a match down it, then throwing it onto the pavement.
    Building a "bogey" with my mates, trying to find wheels for the axles.
    Staying out till the sun went down, when Mother would shout at the top of her voice - "John, come in and get this steak and chips", and then running in to fi... more >>

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by ronnie chesworth (Member 10264367) on 20-Aug-2011
    for john yes i used to live 13 casson st and i did go to bishop geer i was in the french teachers class ithink her name was banks iread some the orther comments and it was me that woked at jerinas malcolm allcock went in the army as far as i knoww please do get touch

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 20-Aug-2011
    for Ronnie, hiya mate long time no see.
    catch me on face book..John G Carlton.( ireland ) or email @ Jandaozz@gmail.com

    looking forward to hearing from you.

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 20-Aug-2011
    what about my favourit trick...catch a moggy ( cat ) then sittng on the roof of the outside bog and dropping the said moggy, onto unsuspecting passer bye's. great fun from my point of view ..bet the people pissed their pants, haha. was I wild YESSSSSSSSS.

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 22-Aug-2011
    Last week in July, first week in August: Once-a-year taxi ride to Exchange Station, walking with suitcases over the filthy River Irwell to the platforms, train ride to Abergele, walk from Pensarn to Towyn, to Owen's Camp and two weeks in a shoe-box of a caravan and burnt to a crisp - oh the joy of those summer holidays in North Wales.

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by lee michelle roseweir nee tomlinson (Member 10251311) on 23-Aug-2011
    for ronnie do u mean malcolm boocock from forbes st? if so hes on facebook,take care,lee.

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 28-Aug-2011
    What did you look forward to on your return to school from the six weeks' holiday?
    The smell of freshly-varnished classroom floors, a new tin of crayons, a new wooden ruler with no ink on it, exercise books with no writing in them, a shining white ink-well and a new nib in your wooden pen, a different picture on your hook for your "gollies" bag (will I be a Red Ball this year or a Yellow Banana?)... more >>

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 28-Aug-2011
    The bell, and then HALF TERM ! ! ! lol.

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by cw (Member 10242991) on 12-Sep-2011
    hi just been reading about the six weeks holidays great fun can anyone remenber building rafts with telegraph pole in the ponds behind spurley hey school

  • Re: SCHOOL 6 WEEK HOLS by dave hodkinson (Member 10266434) on 28-Oct-2011
    hello all, just reading John Holmes account of the six weeks holidays , and I can relate to what your are saying, happy days no chips or mobiles no internet just simple pleasures. This is a sign of getting older. But without the tech I would,nt be sending this! as I say Happy Days.

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