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reopened by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 7-Nov-2011
the vale cottage has reopened with a new landlord   
  • Re: reopened by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 8-Nov-2011
    Hi Danny that will make you happy [Joyce Carson]Please say hello to your Mother

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CHRISTMAS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 6-Nov-2011
DON'T YOU THINK IT'S ODD TO SEE A BLUE SANTA OR A BLACK CHRISTMAS TREE, IT'S LIKE SAYING SANTA IS A FAN OF MAN CITY AND I,M NOT HAVING THAT, MAN UNITED IT'S GOT TO BE   
  • Re: CHRISTMAS by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 8-Nov-2011
    I think Santa was originally depicted in green as it is in traditional Spain ( where they celebrate the 3 kings on 6th January ) I think it was the Americans who put him in red & white.

  • Re: CHRISTMAS by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 8-Nov-2011
    Dave, think you might be right, blame the yanks.
    I seem to remember wasn't it summit to do with coca - cola? advertisments?

  • Re: CHRISTMAS by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 8-Nov-2011
    Dave, think you might be right, blame the yanks.
    I seem to remember wasn't it summit to do with coca - cola? advertisments?

  • Re: CHRISTMAS by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 9-Nov-2011
    Three kings day in spain . over here we know the three kings as the three wise men

  • Re: CHRISTMAS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 9-Nov-2011
    The red-robed Father Christmas we know today was the creation of a German-born American cartoonist called Thomas NAST (1840-1902), who was a political satirist and charicaturist.
    It was he who changed Santa's green robes to red.
    Coca-Cola have always denied it was they who first portrayed him in a red suit, and have stated that it was all the work of NAST.
    Can't imagine him in green, can you?

  • Re: CHRISTMAS by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 9-Nov-2011
    During the McCarthy witch-hunt era, Father Christmas's in American in their red suits were arrested as communists. Yes, it could only happen in America.

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Childhood jokes by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 6-Nov-2011
Do you remember those silly innocent little jokes we told each other for a giggle? such as...... " I don't smoke, I don't drink, and I don't tell lies, and I don't swear, bloody hell, I have left my pipe in the pub" we thought we were ever so witty.   
  • Re: Childhood jokes by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 6-Nov-2011
    Here's one, we thought it was hilarious!
    "Mississippi is a very long word, can you spell it?" The answer was of course "it".

  • Re: Childhood jokes by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 6-Nov-2011
    YES I REMEMBER THAT ONE KATE! IT WENT ON THE SECOND LINE, "IF YOU CAN'T SPELL IT YOUR A DUNCE," AND EVERYONE TRIED TO SPELL CONSTANTINOPLE INSTEAD OF IT

  • Re: Childhood jokes by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 6-Nov-2011
    ARE WE GETTING MIXED UP IN THE WORDING HERE WE USED TO SAY CONSTANTINOPLE IS A VERY LONG WORD ?

  • Re: Childhood jokes by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 6-Nov-2011
    Sorry Kate that question sounds as if I meant it sarcy, and I mean it in a friendly fashion

  • Re: Childhood jokes by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 7-Nov-2011
    No offence taken Mary, I remember both those words being used!

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Radio Programmes by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 2-Nov-2011
Not noticed this subject before.- old Radio programmes. Going back some years, here are a few. Morning Music,- this was on while I got ready for school, with bands like Sid Phillips,Roy Fox Harry Roy. The morning service (10.15 weekdays) Music while you Work. Forces favourites, Housewives choice. Sunday evenings we had Albert Sandler and the Palm court Orchestra.Comedy shows were ITMA,Round the Ho... more >>   
  • Re: Radio Programmes by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 2-Nov-2011
    Incidentally, Reg Dixon`s signature tune was called Confidentially,- anyone remember that one?.

  • Re: Radio Programmes by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 2-Nov-2011
    Every Sunday lunchtime we sat and listened to the Forces Radio requests - I remember BFPO 40 and RAF Akritiri being mentioned frequently.

  • Re: Radio Programmes by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 2-Nov-2011
    I remember workers playtime when I came home at lunchtimes also childrens favourites was on Saturday morning I think and later Saturday club.

  • Re: Radio Programmes by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 3-Nov-2011
    Dick Barton special agent and Valantine Dial the man in black on a Saturday night

  • Re: Radio Programmes by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 3-Nov-2011
    Journey into Space was one of my favourites when I was a lad, didn't matter what I was doing or where I was playing, I had to be in to listen to that. Semprini on a Sunday night (my dad's idea to get me and our kid to listen to proper music). Thanks God Frank Sinatra was around as I grew older.

  • Re: Radio Programmes by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 4-Nov-2011
    how old are you lot

  • Re: Radio Programmes by julie (Member 10255407) on 4-Nov-2011
    he he Danny

    I used to wath " Watch with Mother "
    Bill and Ben , Andy Pandy , Muffing the Mule oh and the Wooden tops, spot the dog .
    They have done modern versions of a couple of these kids programmes but not quite the same somehow

  • Re: Radio Programmes by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 4-Nov-2011
    Hi Julie, it's Muffin the Mule, not Muffing. What you said could be an arrestable offence.

  • Re: Radio Programmes by julie (Member 10255407) on 4-Nov-2011
    Trust you Peter lol
    I blame my education !!!!!!

  • Re: Radio Programmes by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 4-Nov-2011
    I'm as old as my tongue, and a little bit older than my teeth

  • Re: Radio Programmes by Irene ( Dunn ) Truman (Member 10023158) on 5-Nov-2011
    Have a Go with Wilfred Pickles. Violet Carson ( Coronation Street played the piano.
    And Alistair Cook's, Letter from America.

  • Re: Radio Programmes by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 9-Nov-2011
    Al Read, Tommy Handley, Dick Barton, Snowy & Jock, Riders of the Range, Workers Playtime, Eric (Waterlogged)Barker, Much Binding in the Marsh.

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LONG GONE PRODUCTS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Oct-2011
I was thinking about products that we knew as kids, and which have disappeared from shops:
An example would be LANRY and MELRY, which were bleach-like products sold in bottles that were used (mainly) to disinfect back-yard drains - does anyone remember their names at all?
I would be interested if anyone else has memories of products like that?
My Mother used OMO soap powder to wash our clothes,... more >>
  
  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 27-Oct-2011
    Carbolic soap( red ) Fairysoap in blocks, Lux soap flakes, Ensign coffee ( square bottle like Camp coffee.) Milk roll bread?

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 27-Oct-2011
    Rinso, Durback soap (for nits i think ) Vim. Turf cigarettes, Player weights, Wills wiffs , Mackeson, Carters little liver pills, Stotherts back and kidney pills , Epson salts, Beechams pills , Sarsasparella in a stone jar, Midget gems . First things that came into my head but there must be hundreds.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 27-Oct-2011
    We used to have a Lanry man who delivered it from the back of a mini van, along with stuff that smelled like Stardrops, which we used for blowing bubbles.
    OMO packets were said to have been placed in the windows of bored housewives as a signal to their lovers. OMO standing for "On My Own"
    Fairy household soap was the only stuff we had in the house, in large blocks.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 27-Oct-2011
    Echo margarine. Vile! Summer County

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 27-Oct-2011
    Dolly Blue

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 27-Oct-2011
    OMO is still a very popular and well used product in most third world countries.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by kevin lomas (Member 10265376) on 27-Oct-2011
    i remember my mum getting step stones off the rag n bone man,and firewood in little bundles,and penny book of matches,woodbine cigs,park drive,senior service and the killer capstan full stength,oh yes and those little healers that cured everything! lol.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Diane Farmer (Member 10250547) on 27-Oct-2011
    Bluebird toffee bars and them funny pink spearmint bars.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 27-Oct-2011
    fennings cooling powders mixed with milk if you had a fever

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Oct-2011
    Jackson's Febrifuge (Febs), was a cure-all medicine,Carter's Little Liver Pills, Scott's Emulsion (with the fisherman on the label with a large cod over his shoulder),Ekco radiograms, Fairy soap (green and rock hard),Olive Oil and Raspberry Vinegar (tasted foul), Cod-liver Oil and Malt (tasted even worse), and what were those little folded papers containing a white powder for headaches or temperat... more >>

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Diane Farmer (Member 10250547) on 27-Oct-2011
    loose biscuits

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 27-Oct-2011
    San izal ( ouch ), The Maypole shop, Mineral (later called pop), Dolly white, Philips stickasoles, Captain webb matches, Speedway razor blades, Jack knives, Thick twist pipe tobacco, Lifebuoy soap.......

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 28-Oct-2011
    We had an Ekco tv, rented from Kofflers for many years.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 28-Oct-2011
    Football Pinks,
    Zip firelighters.
    2001 Cleaner.
    English made cars, lorries and busses.
    Employer's .... who would have thought places like British Rail, GEC, the Co-Op and most in Trafford Park would no longer exist!
    Even the number of schools that have vanished from the 70's.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 28-Oct-2011
    Pubs

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 28-Oct-2011
    SHERBERT DABS, KAYLIE , SHERBERT FLYING SAUCERS,CHERRY LIPS,

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 28-Oct-2011
    ARROW BARS , SWEETS IN JARS

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 29-Oct-2011
    Esso Blue and other paraffin sold direct out of a tank with a tap on it (imagine that today with Health and Safety), Coal Yards selling fuel to women pushing a pram, Firewood Man selling from a handcart, Candles (not to make the house smell nice, but for power cuts), Fly-Papers, Lavender-scented furniture polish in a tin, Stair-Rods, ready cut hardboard panels to cover-up lovely pine doors,
    Mothb... more >>

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 29-Oct-2011
    Always thought I had a good memory then I see a lot of goods mentioned that I had forgotten, and it brings back the good old days.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Diane Farmer (Member 10250547) on 29-Oct-2011

    Vim

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 29-Oct-2011
    Beechams chewing gum tablets in little green pkts, Fennings powders in small folded paper,cigarette sweets,three hands disinfectant,
    bev coffee,curly top shampoo,bannanna split slab toffee, Ben Gordons half penny drinks,(He made them in a small bottle for you to drink on the premises, or sold you a half penny tablet to take home and make your own,) does any one remember him? his shop was on the o... more >>

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 29-Oct-2011
    HAVE A NICE TIME IN ORLANDO PAUL, IF ANYONE WONDERS WHY HE IS OFF LINE , HE IS ENJOYING A WELL DESERVED BREAK. SORRY YOU HAD TO MISS YOUR UNCLES FUNERAL, BUT I KNOW YOU WILL BE THINKING OF US ALL, AND THANKS FOR ALL YOU DID FOR HIM.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 30-Oct-2011
    My better half adds Drene shampoo, Three Hands Disinfectant, Body mist deodorant.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 30-Oct-2011
    Vosene shampoo

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Diane Farmer (Member 10250547) on 31-Oct-2011
    Barley Sugar, Candy twists,

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 31-Oct-2011
    Champion bread. Also "Chief" with a picture of an Indian chief on the wrapper. Cod balls in batter (never knew codfish had them), Smiths crisps, Cream Label stout, Whitbread Trophy bitter, Worthington E, Fairy Snow washing powder, Wilsons bitter, Bass Charrington beers.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 31-Oct-2011
    Top Deck shandy

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 31-Oct-2011
    Soap Flakes,powdered egg,MOF food (from the clinic),worm cakes ugh!! Prices bread, Lanry,Izal toilet rolls,(one side was "glossy")- oops!

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 31-Oct-2011
    Just remembered,- Cephos powders.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 31-Oct-2011
    Chesters dark mild, press button A or B 4 penny telephones, Police morris minor cars and the morris 1100 ones, my pushbike could go faster.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 31-Oct-2011
    Veno's Cough Linctus, Camay Soap, Ajax Scouring Powder, Knight's Castille Soap, Davy Crockett Hats, Linco Beer Shampoo, Brown and Poulson's Custard Powder, Kunzle Cakes, Calor Gas Mantles, Washing Boards, Iced Diamond Refrigerators, Ascot Water Heaters, Bunty comics, Jackie comics, Eagle comics, Jack and Jill comics, those battery torches with red and blue filters you used to put under your chin a... more >>

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 1-Nov-2011
    Flit guns, Football greens ( put out by the Evening news, I think ), Saturday night Empires, Belle Vue fireworks , Saxa salt, Radio Fun .....

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 1-Nov-2011
    Here's a quick quiz to test everyone's memory:
    What famous Holywood personality used to advertise Alka Seltzer on TV?
    The jingle went -
    "Alka Seltzer, speedy Alka Seltzer,
    Acid indegestion, take it right away,
    If you have a hea... more >>

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 1-Nov-2011
    George Raft, John?

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-Nov-2011
    Or I should have rememberd that,I didn't like the fellow!

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-Nov-2011
    The advert I was sickend at was... You,ll wonder where the yellow went, when you brush your teeth with pepsident.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Diane Farmer (Member 10250547) on 2-Nov-2011
    Green shield stamps. Number six coupons and the catalogues that went with them.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 2-Nov-2011
    The answer to the Alka Seltzer question is:
    Walt Disney, he appeared with an animated cartoon character called "Speedy".

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 2-Nov-2011
    Mary
    We used to sing 'You'l wonder where your teeth have gone if you brush them with an atom bomb'

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 4-Nov-2011
    Real liquorice sticks. I suppose kids could choke on them, so they might be banned now.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 4-Nov-2011
    Tide washing powder,hair nets with little pearls on,UCP shops, Lyons corner houses,sugar mice.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 5-Nov-2011
    Shops called Home and Colonial. The PC Brigades heads would explode today (hopefully).
    Also, goods with a stamp saying "Empire Made" - usually Hong Kong. See above for reaction by PC Brigade.
    Anyone remember Horne Brothers in town? High class tailors, but they stocked the uniform for Central Grammar/High School.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 5-Nov-2011
    Peter,
    Was it Home Brothers or Horne Brothers?
    I remember them holding an "open" day at MCGS on a summer's Saturday morning at the Kirky Lane site.
    It was staged so that first-year pupils (like me), due to start in September 1959 could order their uniforms.
    It all seems a little contrived now, as there was no alternative supplier there, and if I remember rightly, sports kit was provided by Tyl... more >>

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 5-Nov-2011
    Peter, sincere apologies mate, you've got it spot on with Horne Brothers.
    I misread the print on my laptop - my eyes are rubbish until midday, sorry old friend, Horne Brothers it was.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 5-Nov-2011
    Talking about Stockport Road, Longsight -did anyone buy their khaki shorts , tee shirts and gollies from George GLASS', just near Dickinson Road?
    They were cheaper than the Co-op on Hyde Road (The Stores as I called it).
    The trip to GLASS's was an annual treat, ready for the holidays in Towyn or Penmaenmawr, but the gollies fell to bits after a soaking in the rain or the over-use of Meltonian Wh... more >>

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 5-Nov-2011
    Here#s a quick memory-jerker before I dive in the shower:
    Remember when butchers used to write in whitewash on their windows to advertise bargains - how many of you rubbed some of the writing out when the shop was closed, and tried to make "rude" words?
    Bet some of you did.
    My target was Bert Hall's Butchers on Clowes Street.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 5-Nov-2011
    Hi John, I remember Glasses, and I think they also had a store in Levenshulme, near Lennons supermarket, on the same side of Stockport Road. I too recall little things from the past, but can't tell you what I had for tea yesterday.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 9-Nov-2011
    Who remembers this song from an advert in 1975, and if so what was the product?

    My old man has finally run away. I'm late again and the rent is due today. Me 'oming pigeons 'aven't come 'ome. I'm losing the 'air on top of me dome, but really what's the bloomin' fuss about?
    When there's wonderful C**** L**** S****!

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 11-Nov-2011
    It was Cream Label Stout. It was quite a funny advert. So no one wins the prize I was going to award - a year's supply of salt. I bet you're kicking yourselves now.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 11-Nov-2011
    SHIN TIN THE CHINESE RENT MAN

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 18-Nov-2011
    Tri-ang toys.

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 20-Nov-2011
    Anyone recall the M&S Co-Op. I think their full title was The Manchester & Salford Equitable Co -op Society. The nearest branch to us was at the south end of Mount Rd.,near St. Marks church (Levenshulme).

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 20-Nov-2011
    Hi Roy
    My Mrs Bucket used to live on Dorset Road from 1951 to 1956 and she says that they used to depend entirely on that Co-Op.
    She would queue with her mother at all the different counters.Liver and mince from the butchers counter. Butter etc was sold in pats at another counter.
    She was heartbroken when St Marks little school was burnt down.She went to nursery there and they used to sleep in ... more >>

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 26-Nov-2011
    Hi Dave. Re the M&S. You mentioned Benbows grocers shop, was this on the corner of Barlow Rd. and/or Molyneux Rd., or Fairbourn Rd?. My Dad used to go to that bookies when we lived there in Levenshulme (after moving from Gorton).I went to Sunday school at St Marks church hall. I recall a row of shops opposite Printworks Lane,- a newsagent,chip shop greengrocers, and the shop you mentioned, but I c... more >>

  • Re: LONG GONE PRODUCTS by Mike Thatcher (Member 10230387) on 17-Jan-2012
    Empty bottles of Lanry Bleach, you got a penny back on them, we made a fortune nicking them out of Percy's back yard (Taylor Street) and taking them back to him for the penny until he sussed us by making a mark on the label!!! didn't know an old man could run so fast.

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' One of your own' by Diane Farmer (Member 10250547) on 23-Oct-2011
I just finished reading this book by Carol Ann Lee.
About the what became known as 'The Moors Murders'.
A most chilling read indeed.
  
  • Re: ' One of your own' by julie (Member 10255407) on 23-Oct-2011
    Hi Diane I read years ago one called Beyond Belief about the same pair , is this a follow up ?

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Diane Farmer (Member 10250547) on 23-Oct-2011
    Hello Julie, No I think its a new author and was published only recently, I also recently read lost boy by Duncan Staff about Keith Bennett. i have read beyond belief and heard in variuos forums that it is mostly innacurate... although I don't know about that ! There is also a book called Witness by Dave Smith which I have heard is a very good account of his experience. they were dark days wern't they.

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 24-Oct-2011
    Shocking era although I was too young to be aware at the time. We lived in the same street as Hindley (Bannock St), and lived back to back with her parents who lived in Eaton Street next to the back entry that ran parallel with Casson Street. Hindley used to take my sisters to the park when they were small, but that was well before the events. All 3 of those books are very interesting. But how any... more >>

  • Re: ' One of your own' by julie (Member 10255407) on 24-Oct-2011
    Well said Peter
    I myself was too young to realize what was going on at that awful time.
    I was friendly with keith's younger sister when I was about 12ish 1970
    She often talked about her missing brother but sadly he had been missing years before that , Nobody was sure at that time if those two evil monsters had anything to do with him being missing.
    To this day God bless him we dont know what h... more >>

  • Re: ' One of your own' by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Oct-2011
    I grew up with Pauline Reade's brother Paul, who had a Saturday job at the greengrocer's on Cambert Lane, just near Darley Street..
    He was a lovely lad who never recovered from his sister's murder - but was a very dignified lad in later life.

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Diane Farmer (Member 10250547) on 25-Oct-2011

    He's always got airtime while Keith Bennett is still on the moor if thats where he is?

    His Mother and Brother have created a website

    www.searchingforkeith.com

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 27-Oct-2011
    Just read that Danny Kilbride has died. R.I.P.

  • Re: ' One of your own' by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 27-Oct-2011
    Peter, thanks for that, poor man, RIP.

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Kenneth Fuller (Member 10267312) on 10-Nov-2011

    I too am reading this excellent book; by far the most intelligent and non-sensationalised account I've read on the topic. From reading this book I found out a place I often walk past in Gorton was where Pauline Reade worked. This has piqued my interest in other places mentioned in the book, now long gone. Fr'instance, can any of you Gorton-heads tell me where Bannock/Beesley St was approximately... more >>

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 10-Nov-2011
    Hi Kenneth, the best thing would be for me to email you a scan of an A-Z from the 50's. I would tell you what grid square they are all in, but will need an email address. Regards Pete Woodier

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Kenneth Fuller (Member 10267312) on 10-Nov-2011

    Hello Peter-fast reply! that's very kind of you-my e mail is

    KennethFuller123@gmail.com

    Hope it's not too much trouble. I kind of get the feeling the area in question has been subsumed by Tesco, as, sooner or later, all the inhabitable land mass of the eart... more >>

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 11-Nov-2011
    It's not a problem Kenneth. Most posters on here are interested in the old Gorton, and are happy to share with like-minded people.

  • Re: ' One of your own' by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 11-Nov-2011
    I for one am very greatful for the old maps that Peter sent to me, Thanks again.
    To me they are not maps, but a transport time machine.....I just click on a street and WHAM !!!
    back in time to happy and sad days when I wondered around Gorton. Great stuff.

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 11-Nov-2011
    Kenneth, please see posts from Paul Hartley below, under the heading Maps. He has quite a collection he's been sharing with us. Some are from the 1800's.

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Kenneth Fuller (Member 10267312) on 11-Nov-2011

    Thanks for those maps, and that amazing picture, Peter, what an archetypically 60s terrace street. I’ve often pondered if John Cooper Clarke’s poem/tirade ‘Beasley St’ is alluding to that particular St since Myra grew up there. Think he’s from the Salford/Broughton area though.

    So I was amazingly wrong about Beasley/Bannock St being in the Tesco area. Modern Taylor Street obviously ... more >>

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 12-Nov-2011
    Hi Kenneth. Millwards was where there are flats, opposite the parade of shops - between Hemsworth Road and Darras. I think it was behind the buildings that were at the front.
    There is a superb collection of Manchester photos on the libraries website of Manchester City Council, only about 80,000 of them. Type in the search bar anywhere you want to see, but add Gorton so you don't get streets with ... more >>

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Kenneth Fuller (Member 10267312) on 13-Nov-2011
    Thanks Peter-what amazing fingertips knowledge-I can barely remember where it is I live now, never mind buildings that disappeared in the 70s. I saw those shops you mention too. The book mentions Millwards as having been near a big launderette.
    I’m a bit suspicious of Carol Ann Lee’s knowledge of the places in question cos she keeps referring to Hollin ‘Brown’ Knoll.

    Anyroad up, thank... more >>

  • Re: ' One of your own' by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 13-Nov-2011
    There was a row of shops directly in front of Millwards,and the furthest shop on the right hand side from the Sacred Heart Church eventually became a Scrap Metal Merchants before they were all demolished.

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Kenneth Fuller (Member 10267312) on 14-Nov-2011

    Ta for the info John

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Mike Thatcher (Member 10230387) on 17-Jan-2012
    I remember Pauline Reids cousin, Mike Leadbetter, organising a gang of kids to go and scour the streets of gorton surrounding the bottom end of Taylor Street, I seem to remember she had gone to a disco that night and hadn't returned home when expected, I also remember seeing Brady in Sivori's on a regular basis, he always had camera's around his neck, I also remember Mo Hindley she lived with her ... more >>

  • Re: ' One of your own' by carolyn quigley-kenny (Member 10270557) on 15-Apr-2012
    Hi pete did you know my mum then. she lived with me in bannock street in 1961 when i was born (carolyn). myra hindley lived across the road at number 7.

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Arthur Hamnett (Member 10275138) on 9-Jul-2012
    Beasley/Bannock street was 2nd from the last street down Taylor street,I lived in it before it changed to bannock street,I lived at no3 and Myra handles gran lived at no7.eton street was the last street on the right hand of Taylor street

  • Re: ' One of your own' by Arthur Hamnett (Member 10275138) on 9-Jul-2012
    Beasley/Bannock street was 2nd from the last street down Taylor street,I lived in it before it changed to bannock street,I lived at no3 and Myra handles gran lived at no7.eton street was the last street on the right hand of Taylor street. Arthurhamnett@btinternet.com

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many thanks by julie (Member 10255407) on 19-Oct-2011
Thankyou John your a star   
  • Re: many thanks by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 19-Oct-2011
    Your more than welcome. Thanks.

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PUBS AGAIN by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 19-Oct-2011
SORRY FOR BLEATING ON AGAIN ABOUT THIS ONE BUT YET ANOTHER PUB CLOSED ITS DOORS ON SATURDAY , DO KNOW FOR HOW LONG BUT THE NELSON CLOSED DOWN,
IM NOT AT ALL HAPPY ABOUT THIS , IM A VERY SOCIAL PERSON ,I DONT DRINK IN THE HOUSE , I GO OUT A COUPLE OF TIMES A WEEK. AND ITS BEING SPOILT BY PEOPLE WHO ONLY CARE ABOUT GETTING RENT AND NOT HELPING THEIR TENNANTS
  
  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 19-Oct-2011
    Do you go in the Nelson Danny ? I don't drink myself but Julie My neice went in there with John Jam (her partner) and daughters April and Christina

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 19-Oct-2011
    i did up to last saturday mary, ive been going in for about thirty years on and off,

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by julie (Member 10255407) on 19-Oct-2011
    Sorry for butting in and changing the subject I dont know how to put a fresh topic at the top of the page if anyone can advise me that will be great.
    Gorton Monastery is it used today I have looked on its website and its showing as a restaurant very grand indeed.
    I thought that if it was still used it would be a great meeting place for lots of people on the message board to meet up

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by julie (Member 10255407) on 19-Oct-2011
    The Nelson
    Shame Danny its closed maybe its under refubishment

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 19-Oct-2011
    For Julie..go to bottom of this page and click on CREATE NEW THREAD.

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 19-Oct-2011
    You know only say 15 years ago Danny, people would not have believed your news, saying you're making it up. But these days it's so believable with everywhere else shutting down. But still shocking. A place closes down generally when it's not giving customers what they want, but the Nelson and Vale were superb pubs. It is the rent and terms that kills them, I know from experience in my former field... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 19-Oct-2011
    Hi Julie,
    The Monastery is being used for all kinds of corporate and religious conventions as far as I can tell. My Aunt came over from Australia last year and I took her to the monastery (she had been married there about 1960) I took her to see what it was like now, it was a lovely afternoon out and the refectory was great.Just be careful when you go, as the last time I went I managed to get mys... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by julie (Member 10255407) on 20-Oct-2011
    Thanks Dave .
    Sounds like a little bit of an adventure, on the website its done up as a restaurant all lit up and looking rather grand .
    if you go on the M61 towards preston on the lefthand side there is a church.
    This church is lit up and can see it for miles at night.
    One late afternnon I was curious I was with a female friend and suggested we drive in and have a look.
    we did this but leav... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Oct-2011
    Julie,
    Check this out on Google, I believe it's one of the largest Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)in the UK, and is a copy of another one down in East Grinstead, Essex.
    I passed it last week on the way up to my ancestral home (Garsdale near Hawes, Wensleydale).
    Let me know if it checks out.
    John.x.

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 20-Oct-2011
    Julie,
    Just checked it for you:
    It's the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints at Chorley, and I made a slight error before, the East Grinstead church (almost a copy) is in in Sussex and not Essex, sorry.
    They are Mormons, and the church is relatively new and has no graveyard (they don't have them), it does look a bit like a block of flats in Ardwick, but white!!

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by julie (Member 10255407) on 20-Oct-2011
    Lol , Thanks John for that I dont live far from Chorley and someone has said it might be part of the mormon faith.
    We have quite a few visits on a sunday you know when having your breakfast etc selling their mags .
    Thanks again julie

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by george gee (Member 10245909) on 25-Oct-2011
    are we talking about the NELSON pub facing BROOKFIELD CHURCH in Gorton????????????

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by julie (Member 10255407) on 25-Oct-2011
    I think it is that one George , but Danny on here will let you know for sure

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Oct-2011
    I was up in Gorton on Saturday this last weekend, and there were people outside the Nelson opposite Brookfield Church, but I was driving and did not stop, so I have no idea if they were customers or not.
    It didn't look closed to me, but like I said, it was a quick glance from the car.
    If it's true, there's no hope for any of Gorton's pubs.

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 25-Oct-2011
    I believe it was a customers last farewell at the Nelson pub last saturday night John, so that is what you saw

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by kevin lomas (Member 10265376) on 27-Oct-2011
    is that the nelson on hyde road? you might know my bro in law les marsden he used to drink in there many moons ago,he lived on trust road and had a band called THE CONFEDERATES,they were a beatles cover band,think he drank in most of the pubs along hyde road,he has now lived in devon for 25 years.and my currant neighbours parents used to have THE ROCK INN facing the old speedway track.

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 30-Oct-2011
    I always thought the pub opposite Brookfield church was The Lord Nelson. My Grandfather used to go in there, and lived in Wilson St., where my Mother was born.

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 30-Oct-2011
    Spot on there old friend, it is the Lord Nelson, and sad to say in my 20 years living in Gorton, I only went in once - let's hope it opens again Roy.

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 30-Oct-2011
    Just drove past the Nelson on Hyde road at 7.15pm and it was open, lights blazing and the usual smokers outside. What is going on there,I have just been over to Scarborough for a week and when I went away I was sure the pub was shut.
    I will have to stop next time and check it out.
    Dave

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 31-Oct-2011
    Hi Dave, if you do check out the Lord Nelson, let me know what the beer is like. Next time I am over, I will call in for a pint for old times sake.

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 4-Nov-2011
    Roy
    We called into The Nelson tonight and as we thought, the pub did shut but only for just under a week. The brewery have put a relief manager in for now. Well what a close shave I had as I had no sooner sat down with a pint of John Smiths when the pub was raided by the police.I was told it was a drugs raid but I escaped as they never found my 'statins or water tablets'. I was ready to name drop... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 6-Nov-2011
    I hate people who take drugs. Especially that copper who took mine. (just a joke)

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 21-Nov-2011
    Talking about west gorton pubs there was one on Hyde road that always fascinated and somewhat scared me when I was a sprog. It was called the Wheatsheaf but to all and sundry it was known as the crackers. It stood between the Justice Birch pub and Clowes street and its main distinguishing feature was a park type bench outside which had the following message painted on it."RESEVRED FOR HEAD CASES... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 22-Nov-2011
    Billy Briggs, I remember you.
    I was born at 124 Clowes Street and moved next door to 126 Clowes Street in 1948.
    Me and our kid Chris both went to St Marks' in William Street.
    I was in Mrs Butterworth's class, then the horrible Mr Platt's class, and Mrs Clayton was Head Teacher when 'Pop' Housley left.
    Ephraim Arthurs was the caretaker who lived on Clowes Street.
    Who were your mates when you were a kid?
    John.

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 22-Nov-2011
    Hi Billy
    I remember you well and your mum and dad and sister Linda. I lived on Hoyland Street and my gran lived on Abbotsbury Street. You may remember me as David Ford, I became Wright in 1961, we all knocked about together remember Ray Hatton and Paul Beard,we always played at the back of your street. Glad your mum is ok my mum is still about too.Hope Linda is well too.Great to hear from you.
    Dave

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 23-Nov-2011
    Hello Dave Wright. I read your story about pushing David Macdowell around Clowes Street dressed as Guy Fawkes in a pram. We pushed him to every pub on clowes street (about fifteen of em).Raymonds job was to rattle a coin in a tin mug while we all shouted"Penny for the guy mistor".Then a feller came out of one pub and flicked a shilling high up in the air saying its yours if you can catch it, and... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 23-Nov-2011
    To John Holmes. I feel I should know you but I can,t place you. I came to this message board about two weeks ago and its all a bit new to me. I was born in 1948 and I think you are a bit older. You probably knew guys like Bobby Broomhead aka Schoular, Les Howden previously Birdican, Dave Read, Jimmy Frost and his tribe, Geoff Beard, Tony Latham ET AL. Later on I became big pals with Bob Broomhead... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 23-Nov-2011
    Hi Billy
    Great story, There are loads of memories that have come to me about you and your family.David Macdowell and I was playing on the croft at the back of your house during dinner time at school.
    We had a dart and was throwing it towards each other, I was catching it on a piece of hard board and David was catching it on a piece of cardboard. We threw the dart as high as we could and I could ... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Nov-2011
    David Wright. It just goes to show that your memory cannot be relied on. My sister and I both remember that incident but we both thought it was you who took the dart and I thought that it was Raymond Hatton who threw it. What I remember is coming home from school and into our back yard cum bookies office and it looked like a slaughterhouse with buckets of bloody water and blood soaked towels all o... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Nov-2011
    To Dave Wright. I read your story about the beer barrel that went walkies from the labour club opposite St Marks church and my dad paid the five quid deposit. Did you ever wonder why? You didn,t mention that we set fire to one of the stable doors before we departed with the barrel but strangely, nobody got into trouble for that one. The Robert Street gang rolled out the barrel all the way to the ... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 24-Nov-2011
    Hi Billy
    The memory does get one confused at times, lately more than ever. Did you have relatives either in America or Canada as I remember you came out into the back with this light coloured bomber type jacket that they had sent you it was well ahead of its time in a fashion sense. It was near bonfire night and you had some bangers with which you lit one put it in a tin and pushed the tin into a... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Nov-2011
    To Dave Wright. I don,t remember the jacket or the stunt with the banger but it sounds just the sort of dopey thing that happened with monotonous regularity to me as a kid. You are correct about the links my family had with the USA and Canada and our house was always well supplied with US kids comics, you may have read some of them. What about that rocket though? That was one of my best toys but ... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 24-Nov-2011
    Billy
    those comics would be worth a fortune now if you had the originals.
    The incident with the rocket was in Gorton park when the Robert Street gang were re-enacting a scene from wagon train. We were all running in a circle round you in the middle. You put the rocket to your shoulder like a bazooka and you fired it, it came at me like a heat seeking missile, it zig zagged towards me and hit me ... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Nov-2011
    For Billie Briggs - hi mate, yes I was born in 1947, our kid Chris in 1950, and we both went to St Marks', I left in 1959 our kid in 1961.
    I knocked about with Tony LATHAM, my best mate, now a taxi-driver in Manchester and I spoke to him on the phone a couple of months ago, and Keith (Fudgie) BROOKS,Frant PARTLAND, Alan (Bunny) CLARK, Jimmy DANIELS, Eddie and Raymond FROST, Bernard BURKE and the ... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Nov-2011
    Regarding West Gorton Labour Club (the barrel story) - our house's back-entry backed onto the stable yard at the rear of the Labour Club, and when we were tiny kids, the music used to keep us awake on Saturday nights.
    The yard was always referred to as Tilley's Roof -no idea why.
    Did anyone else swing on the two great wooden gates which had iron bars set in the top half?
    They opened on steel wh... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 27-Nov-2011
    To John Holmes. You referred to the big wooden gates at the St Marks labour club. If you check my account of the beer barrel saga, the door we set fire to was the right hand one of those. If the fire had taken hold my dad would have had to pay more than the fiver deposit on the barrel. We took no prisoners on that mission. You mention Alan(Bunnie)Clarke. Bunnie and I were big mates, we were in th... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 27-Nov-2011
    To David Wright. I have just had some of my dads home movies transferred onto D.V.D. and I was watching a may queen procession on Robert Street filmed from outside our bookies shop when who should come marching towards the camera but David Wright or maybe David Ford aged about twelve with that big grin that you always wore as if you knew something we didn,t and eating an icecream. There,s footage ... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 27-Nov-2011
    To Billy Briggs
    Billy that would be great to see that footage.
    My email address is wrightdjl@yahoo.com Would be chuffed if I could purchase a copy. I remember once watching some of your dads filmwork back then. It is only you reminding me about his cine films that brought back them memories.
    Cheers Dave

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 27-Nov-2011
    To Dave Wright. Hello mate. I,m new to this computerology lark and although I had to have an E mail address or summat to register for this notice board I would not know what to do with it. So the best thing is to cut me out as middle man and deal direct with the owner of the studio. A really nice helpful guy. Ask for a copy of "BILLY BRIGGS HOME MOVIE,S" and bobs your uncle. If you have still got ... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 27-Nov-2011
    Billy
    How could I not still have the hots for Lynda.I cant wait for the DVD.Half West Gorton will be at HMV with the knowledge that Lynda Briggs in her swimsuit in all her glory its bound to be a best seller for Christmas, get your orders in lads before they all go.
    Cheers Billy

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 27-Nov-2011
    To Dave Wright. I put a message for you on this site when I first discovered it and i,m a little surprised that you have no comments about it. Its on the Thomas Street School section somewhere between 81 and 100. I never knew you went to thomo and we never discussed it. I have never discussed it until now. my mum thinks i,m a misoginist but I,m not. I just hate women.

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 27-Nov-2011
    Billy
    I only read your comments on Friday evening before I went to North Yorkshire for the weekend.
    You had the same experience as I had with Mrs Kenyon and the head mistress. She was an evil bully and destroyed my confidence. You seemed to have had the same problem with her.She had repeatedly slapped me, and scared me to death. I played truant a few times. It has always made me reluctant to ask... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 30-Nov-2011
    To Dave Wright. Do you remember the family that lived next door to Pip Eccles by the bend in Robert Street. They had two kids, Ronnie and Kathleen Hassel who both wore massive clod hopper boots with millions of socks to make them fit, summer and winter. Ronnie had severe learning difficulties. He may have been autistic but that had not been invented yet. It was Kathleens job to look after Ronnie w... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 30-Nov-2011
    Billy
    You are quite right, there is always someone much worse off. The thing is they would not have known anything different,what a life. We see telly progs about carer children, even now it goes on.
    Can you remember the house fire on the other side of Robert Street I think it was facing Ray Hattons.
    I was very young but I remember going out to see it with my gran there were flames coming out o... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 30-Nov-2011
    To Dave Wright. I do remember that house fire across the road because I lived a couple of doors from Ray. It just left a smoldering shell. Domestic fires were a regular thing back then but when you consider the stunts we used to pull to get those fires started it is hardly surprising. Propping up shovels and covering the gaps with sheets of newspaper or carrying the red hot embers in the shovel fr... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 30-Nov-2011
    Hi Billy
    Can you remember that little reservoir at the back of Belle Vue near the railway sidings.There was a small open grid that at some point of the year was teeming with little frogs. I remember David MacDowell taking a load of them home and putting them in his backyard in the zinc bath with a bit of water and a few half bricks.
    The morning after we went round to see him and he told us that ... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 30-Nov-2011
    To Dave Wright. Yeah, I remember the frog pool, I got some too in a jamjar. I set them up in an old kitchen sink with rocks in our back yard but they all died. They must have got wet. Are you still in contact with David McDowell. Cheers. Billy Briggs The Bookies Kid.

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 1-Dec-2011
    Hi Billy
    I have not seen David or his brother Steven for over 45 years.I don't know where they moved to. Unless they come on a site like this it would be hard to get back in contact.
    Dave

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 2-Dec-2011
    To David Wright.
    David McDowell lived directly opposite me on Robert Street and one day I called at his house to discuss some vitally important business. His mum answered the door and said, David is in the bath, you can come in and talk to him if you like.
    I thought that was strange but she led me straight through the house and into the back yard where David was splashing about in his cossie in ... more >>

  • Re: PUBS AGAIN by William Frost (Member 10244605) on 10-Mar-2012
    I am sorry to read that the Lord Nelson has closed I used to go in there a lot in the Nineteen Fiftys and Sixtys Did you Know the Front Door was at the Back not the entrance facing the church the back door used to lead onto a row of terrace houses and the path used go to the Vale cottage.

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BOOTH HALL HOSPITAL by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 17-Oct-2011
Did any one go into Booth Hall in the late 1940 i was addmited to this hospital in 1948 to ward7 and iowe my life to them . What a change in the hospital of today   
  • Re: BOOTH HALL HOSPITAL by julie (Member 10255407) on 17-Oct-2011
    Though much later in 1967 I was in Booth hall Hospital having my appendix out age 9 .
    My mother was a nurse there too which made it a little easier for me .
    The uniforms was they smart or what ? starched aprons and hats and little frilly cuffs that went around the top of the arm.
    no matron now or ward sister my mum became one of these.
    You dont know who is who on a ward now everyone wears an overall

  • Re: BOOTH HALL HOSPITAL by julie (Member 10255407) on 17-Oct-2011
    Not forgetting the red cape

  • Re: BOOTH HALL HOSPITAL by julie (Member 10255407) on 17-Oct-2011
    Not forgetting the red cape

  • Re: BOOTH HALL HOSPITAL by julie (Member 10255407) on 17-Oct-2011
    oooops

  • Re: BOOTH HALL HOSPITAL by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Oct-2011
    I was only saying the other day Julie "Bring back the Matron" I worked in the nurses dining room at the otherpeadis Hosp Shropshire, and saw what a big differance a Matron makes

  • Re: BOOTH HALL HOSPITAL by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Oct-2011
    That was Orthepeadic Hosp Oswestry Shropshire

  • Re: BOOTH HALL HOSPITAL by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 18-Oct-2011
    Julie did they have the pony and trap when you were in Booth Hall to take the children who were in for long stays as i was we used to have rides round the grounds what a wounderful hospital

  • Re: BOOTH HALL HOSPITAL by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 18-Oct-2011
    I was in Booth Hall twice with pneumonia, once when I was two and again when five years of age, nearly dying on both occasions. I can't remember what happened when I was two but can remember certain things from my stay as a five year old. Wonderful place it was then too. As regards bringing Matrons back, I agree, though as things are these days don't you think the Matron would be "one of the girls... more >>

  • Re: BOOTH HALL HOSPITAL by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 18-Oct-2011
    Never thought of that Jack, Matron these days might have another style about her , just like the teacher's have changed.

  • Re: BOOTH HALL HOSPITAL by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 18-Oct-2011
    I am so glad that Booth Hall has been mentioned here. As a child, the wonderful people there saved my life twice,- yes twice!!!.The first time was with Paratyphoid at age 5. I was in an isolation ward,and even my Mum and Dad had to stay outside a glass partition if they visited. At age 7, I was back again this time with acute septicemia, when I almost lost my hands, the infection was so bad. My to... more >>

  • Re: BOOTH HALL HOSPITAL by julie (Member 10255407) on 19-Oct-2011
    Hi Joyce , I dont remember the pony and trap so can not say really I will ask my mum though as she was a nurse there for years on the isolation unit and then on the burns unit, later to become a ward sister.
    I think bringing back the Matron or ward sister would be a good thing to get a little more order on our wards, but as many of you have said staff and senior staff are very familiar now , not ... more >>

  • Re: BOOTH HALL HOSPITAL by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 20-Oct-2011
    Received a text recently.
    A bloke is asked to go back to this beautiful blonde's flat where she started to seduce him. He noticed in her wardrobe that she had a Nurse's uniform, a French Maid's outfit and a Police Woman's kit. He decided to leave for home as he didn't have faith in women who can't hold down a job. (Well you have to stick to your principles)

  • Re: BOOTH HALL HOSPITAL by kevin lomas (Member 10265376) on 27-Oct-2011
    had my tonsils out there in....oh bout 62/3 when i was 4 or five,i vividly remember an old lady used to get in my bed if i wasn't in it and pee then go back to her own ward,weird i must say but true.

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Fitness Industry Courses by distinctionfitness (Member 10266473) on 17-Oct-2011
CURRENT OFFERS:

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  • Re: Fitness Industry Courses by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 19-Oct-2011
    IS THIS AN ADVERTISING BOARD NOW

  • Re: Fitness Industry Courses by julie (Member 10255407) on 19-Oct-2011
    not on is it Danny , its pants

  • Re: Fitness Industry Courses by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 19-Oct-2011
    As I have said before get some more threads going and it will fall off the page.
    P.S. Anyone want to buy a rowing machine?
    Dave

  • Re: Fitness Industry Courses by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 19-Oct-2011
    Dave,
    I'm married to a rowing machine.
    She causes rows every night in our house, rowing about anything at all mate.

  • Re: Fitness Industry Courses by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 21-Oct-2011
    Hi John
    You are not on your own mate, the other evening I text my Mrs Bucket from the pub, the text read "I am having one more pint with the lads and will be home in half an hour. If I am not, read this text again"
    Talk about no sense of humour.
    Dave

  • Re: Fitness Industry Courses by julie (Member 10255407) on 21-Oct-2011
    Guys , Guys , come on you love us really

  • Re: Fitness Industry Courses by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 21-Oct-2011
    A bloke won £8m on the lottery, and was celebrating in his local when his ex-wife walked in saying "Hey you, I'm definitely entitled to half".
    "You're right love, you'll have to forgive me for not offering"
    "Ooooh thanks, I knew you wouldn't leave me stuck"
    "Calm down dear, now was it Carling or Fosters you wanted?"

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War Years by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Oct-2011
I went for a babies all in one garment yesterday, I told the sales assisstant we used to call them siren suits, she said she had never heard of one, as anyone else? don't say I'm that acient!   
  • Re: War Years by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Oct-2011
    sorry for all those spelling mistakes was rather rushed at the time

  • Re: War Years by julie (Member 10255407) on 17-Oct-2011
    When you say all in one baby suit like a babygro ? or the pramsuit

  • Re: War Years by julie (Member 10255407) on 17-Oct-2011
    I know the siren suit , now known as the snowsuit. I went onto ebay seeing if any was on there and it came up with a good few but modern ones also known as the snow suit.
    I googled Siren suit and there is quite a lot of info on there.
    Some people todat still refer the suit as the Siren suit ( on ebay ).
    I think women used to wear them also .... did they ?

  • Re: War Years by julie (Member 10255407) on 17-Oct-2011
    Mary what about white knee socks with elastic round to keep them up .
    Or woolen stockings with home made garters massive big knot that used to dig in your thigh.
    The boys in grey flannel shorts until they were 14 and grey socks not forgetting the caps.
    and of course the gabardine coat very smart they were

  • Re: War Years by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 3-Nov-2011
    It became quite difficult for women to obtain hair-dye, nylons, and cosmetics. Some of the wonderful improvisations included: "Recitt's Blue" which was rescued from the wash tub and used to lighten grey hair - no doubt coming into widespread use after the Manchester blitz? "Bicarbonate of soda" which was dusted under the arms and used as an antiperspirant; "Burnt cork and Chimney soot" which was ... more >>

  • Re: War Years by Frank Ravlen (Member 10276433) on 16-Jul-2012
    Though born 1936 can remember hearing outbreak of war on radio. Memories include sirens and ack-ack fire,shrapnel bouncing off slate roofs,hiding under the stairs, one night in shelter in back entry,Italian P.O.W.s on Mellands and them wandering around in brown uniforms especially at Sivoris on Hyde Road.The night the lights came on again along Hyde Road,The 2 bonfires for VE and VJ celebrations.F... more >>

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School Scares by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 16-Oct-2011
The things kids frighten each other with at school, what frightend you? one rumour went round school that the world was coming to an end on a certain day, and none of the kids would settle down one afternoon, ( the teachers had to give us all a lecture on listening to false statements.)   
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Christmas by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 16-Oct-2011
What was your worst or best Christmas? and before you write about so little bought you in the poverty days, how would you like to have been a twin, with most things bought between you, like one paint box and two paint brushes, and a fight because one would make a mess of the paints, the birthdays one card with both names on, (All together now orrrrr) The best was when we started work together, a... more >>   
  • Re: Christmas by julie (Member 10255407) on 16-Oct-2011
    Mary .... I replied to your post further down the page

  • Re: Christmas by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 16-Oct-2011
    Mine was bad EVERY year, having been born on 27th December (the day after Boxing Day) I only ever got one lot of pressies, never two.

  • Re: Christmas by helen lord (Member 10262329) on 16-Oct-2011
    hiya everyone,thought id just pop on the say hello and how are you?xxx

  • Re: Christmas by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 16-Oct-2011
    Our youngest great grandchild was born last Christmas Eve and I,m determined I'll wrap a birthday present for him amongst his Christmas presents, my birthday is Easter time and nearly always falls around my wedding anniversary and mothers day, it doesn't matter when you get older though does it?

  • Re: Christmas by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 16-Oct-2011
    Helen .... welcolme to the site, can you give us any new ideas for memories.
    What area are you from, and did you move far?

  • Re: Christmas by julie (Member 10255407) on 16-Oct-2011
    Helen Hi long time no see mind you I have not been on here for a while , hope you are well .
    Hello peeps

  • Re: Christmas by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 26-Oct-2011
    Christmas was like magic as a kid in the 1960's for me. You had a party at school, Scouts, Boys' Club and Church. You saw all your favourite Uncles and Aunties who would give you money as well as a present. Even the Christmas Morning stockings filled with an apple, orange, chocolate bar, a cracker and a small toy was exciting.
    The build-up after Bonfire Night added to the occasion. They had Sant... more >>

  • Re: Christmas by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 26-Oct-2011
    Don't think they will call it a party these days Peter if it doesn't end up in a punch up, as for christmas it died out when the true meaning of Christmas ceased to be taught in schools there is nothing Christian about it now .

  • Re: Christmas by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 27-Oct-2011
    You're quite right there Mary, Christmas is commercially ruined now. Toys, decorations and the like have been on sale here in Blackpool since July, absolutely ridiculous. I don't even look forward to it anymore now because we've had it every day for five months before it comes, and then, as you say, the true meaning of Christmas has gone. In fact it wouldn't surprise me if today's generation just ... more >>

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ice lollies by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 14-Oct-2011
I remember when ice lollies were first sold they were made by the shop in small plastic cups with a stick in, my twin was a paper delivery girl for Mr Jones (at the corner of Margaret street, she had to test when they were frozen enough to be sold, the first one I ever saw was when I was queueing up at the school dinners, and this girl came in the cue licking one, she had everyone of us kids looki... more >>   
  • Re: ice lollies by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 14-Oct-2011
    Remember Jubblies?
    They were triangular-shaped and frozen solid.
    They lasted for hours and were so frozen that they would have sunk the Titanic.

  • Re: ice lollies by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 15-Oct-2011
    Remember Pendleton's Twicers?
    They were the first lollies which had ice on the outside and ice cream on the inside.
    There was a litte jingle that advertised them:
    "What could be nicer than a Pendleton's Twicer?
    Ice cream with a Lolly each end".

  • Re: ice lollies by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 16-Oct-2011
    Jubblys, we used to ask for 'semis' meaning semi-frozen, as they were quicker to deal with. Lime juice, cherry and orange, made by Mambo. They were a treat on a hot day. And they quenched your thirst, unlike today's lollies which are like eating syrup.

  • Re: ice lollies by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 16-Oct-2011
    Peter,
    We had a tight-fisted sweet-shop owner on Clowes Street who apparently used to switch his freezer off at night to save money, so if you went on the way to school, everything was half-frozen anyway, a we thought he was just being kind.

  • Re: ice lollies by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 16-Oct-2011
    Wonder if he ever forgot to switch it on?

  • Re: ice lollies by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 16-Oct-2011
    Peter .... what a great memory jerker that was, remembering the Jubbly makers name "Mambo". Those milk cartons from the 60's were strange things weren't they in the shape of a giant Jubbly, when you cut off a corner to pour them they never seemed to pour properly. I remember letting one slip from my grasp with the condensation on the waxy carton when running an errand for my mam, and it quietly sp... more >>

  • Re: ice lollies by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 17-Oct-2011
    And don't forget the Calypso brand Paul, as they made jubblys too.

  • Re: ice lollies by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 18-Oct-2011
    Anyone remember the pop man who would come round selling lemonade orange juice, sasperilla or cream soda. I think the name on the cart was Davenports, maybe the forerunner of the brewery of today, not sure. The cart would be loaded with those stone jugs with the drinks in.

  • Re: ice lollies by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 20-Oct-2011
    What about Belle Vue's infamous "Water Ices"?, considered delicious by visitors at the time. In winter the lake froze and was used as an ice skating rink; when it was broken up it was either stored in ice houses on site or sold to butchers, or used to make ice lollies. It probably caused many upset tummies because of algae and other impurities that were in them. They would probably get ten years t... more >>

  • Re: ice lollies by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 23-Oct-2011
    No doubt called Salmonella Surprise, or E Coli on a stick.

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Halloween by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 12-Oct-2011

It's that time of year again folk! has anybody got any good childhood memories of Halloween? The one I remember most was when I went to a Holloween party in a nieghbours house (I was evacuated at the time in Poynton) I was just getting over flu, and had a big scab on my lip, the man of the house brought in a big dish full of water with sliced apples in it and wanted the kids to dip their face ... more >>
  
  • Re: Halloween by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 14-Oct-2011
    Hi Mary
    I can't remember anything about Halloween when I was growing up in West Gorton. The only time I saw anything about it was on TV with the American programs. The main thing at this time of year was always bonfire night and I loved it. The build up to it with penny for the guy antics, we pushed David McDowell around for four hours in a pram, he was totaly covered from head to foot in old clo... more >>

  • Re: Halloween by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 14-Oct-2011
    Same here.
    I can't recall Hallowe'en being celebrated at all.
    I can't recall Trick or Treat until I was married in 1970 and moved to Denton.
    Probably it cost too much to dress the kids up where I lived, it was tough enough for families to be able to clothe the kids for school.

  • Re: Halloween by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 14-Oct-2011
    Yes bon fire night was special to us when we were kids, with the rip raps, amd catherine wheels, one fire work exploded in the street that rattled the windows, don't think they make them as bad these days, bet everybody can tell a tale about bon fire night in Gorton' Belle Vue had a big bon fire every year, and a massive Guy fawkes always stood on display at the front of Belle vue, of course we go... more >>

  • Re: Halloween by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 16-Oct-2011
    You are quite correct there John, No one celebrated Halloween that I can remember, it was, as you say, foisted on us as usual to make money, in the late seventies.

  • Re: Halloween by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 16-Oct-2011
    Come to think of it I never remember having a halloween celebration in Gorton as a kid, it's only lately it has become more popular, you can't go wrong with the outfits in the shops now, it is a right money making thing.

  • Re: Halloween by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 16-Oct-2011
    My daughter has lived in the USA for twelve years, and Trick or Treat is a really big deal there, they give the kids cash to go away, the kids make an absolute fortune, and the Yanks fall for it.
    Mind you, this is the same people who have National Duck Day, when they place a large pot duck on the porch and dress it in clothes, the best on the street wins a real duck.
    This is true, there are shop... more >>

  • Re: Halloween by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 17-Oct-2011
    No, you couldn't make it up John. Mind you, in America they think Superman is a documentary.

  • Re: Halloween by Patricia Crossley (Member 10252199) on 17-Oct-2011
    Remember hollowing out a pumpkin and putting a candle in it for Halloween. Great for illuminating the outside loo!

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Sharples pie shop by michelle cooper (Member 10075499) on 6-Oct-2011
Do they still have this shop in Gorton? I remember years ago there was one down Constable Street we always used to get our meat and potato pies and vanilla slices from. My auntie also used to work in the shop in Levenshulme many years ago, I bet that's not there either any more. I'm coming up to Gorton on Tuesday and I'm hoping to be able to have one of those gorgeous pies again!   
  • Re: Sharples pie shop by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 6-Oct-2011
    SHARPLES NO LONGER EXIST , THEY WERE BOUGHT OUT BY MARTINS A FEW YEARS AGO , THE SHOP ON CROSS LANE IS STILL AS IS THE SHOP IN LEVENSHULME, AND YES THOSE MEAT AND POTATOE PIES WERE GRRRRRREAT

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 6-Oct-2011
    Sharples pies were always my dad's favourite, though I don't know why because the pastry always gave him indigestion. I much preferred Blackwoods meat and Potato pies on Mount Road, and their meat pies were the best money could buy, with the hot juice from the pie running down your chin as you bit into it. Of course the meat & potato pies are called potato & meat today because you can't find the m... more >>

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 6-Oct-2011
    SHUDDUP!!!. You are all making me home sick.
    cant get a descent pie here in Mayo. resulting in my missus making our own.
    We went into a butchers last year and asked for a pork pie..... A what? and what kinda pie is that, he says.??? mmmmmm Enough said, wiffie and me looked at each other and just left.For once I was stuck for words.

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 6-Oct-2011
    atahe best meat and poyato pies Slaters on the corner of Parker Street. Many lunch time i used to go home from school when my brother was on shift work to get the pies for our lunch happy days never forgot

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by michelle cooper (Member 10075499) on 6-Oct-2011
    Aww what a shame, they don't have pies like that down here in Gloucestershire, just microwaved pasties that feel like rubber when you bite into them.

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 6-Oct-2011
    sorry for the miss spelling had a bad day must be getting old

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 6-Oct-2011
    None like Lenardo's or Hornby's chippy though, and nobody mentioned Gregs never tried them, but just mentioning.

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 7-Oct-2011
    slaters is where my nanna worked .margaret harrison

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by joyce sutton (Member 10260496) on 8-Oct-2011
    Hello Danny. Are you Margaret Harrison son who lived in Casson St if so i was her friend and whent to school with her.

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 10-Oct-2011
    yes that is me

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by george gee (Member 10245909) on 10-Oct-2011
    AH! happy memories when I was a younster before the war MY MUM used to send ME and MY SISTER to SHARPLES on SATURDAY NIGHT just before closing time to ask for sixpennies worth of stales and we got a bag cakes and pies that hadbeen baked that day BUT they could not keep them until monday as they would be stale and so us lucky kids had CAKES AFTER TEA SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY WE WERE POOR BUT THANK... more >>

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 10-Oct-2011
    I recall in the school holidays in 75-76 when I was left to my own devices (I was 16 and 17) I would have Sharples meat and potato pies, Oxo and beans every day for dinner. Never tired of them.

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 10-Oct-2011
    I can remember getting home from school in the early fifties Peter, and the only thing I could find to eat was just oxo cubes, or maybe sometimes, if I could find where it had been hidden, a packet of jelly which was in square chunks. They kept me going until my mam got home from work. My grandchildren think I'm nuts when I tell them about things like that. They have got no idea how tough it was b... more >>

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 13-Oct-2011
    I remember moving to the Forest of Dean in 1976 and asking for a meat and potato pie in a chip shop there, and was handed a pastie - they had never ever heard of a meat and potato pie.
    Best in Gorton? Ogdens Bakery on Cambert Lane, made on the premises, fresh every day and along with their cheese and onion pies, totally world class.

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 14-Oct-2011
    Not being that hungry I asked for a fish on a barm cake in a chip shop in Devon. The assistant went and told the owner, and I heard him say "whatever turns him on" The looks I was given as if I came from another planet. You'd have thought I was asking for a rat butty. Southerners eh?

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 14-Oct-2011
    has anybody been into lancashire? places like chorley preston blackburn do something called a butter pie , i was wandering what was in them . they sound as though they would give you a heart attack as soon as you look at them

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 14-Oct-2011
    Danny... In the early 80's I use to deliver stuff to a works in Ashton-In-Makerfield, and I use to get these "Butter Pies" from a little corner shop near the works. From what I remember they were like a Meat & Potatoe pie but without the meat, just creamy potatoe.

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 14-Oct-2011
    BUTTER PIE is made from onions and potato quite a savoury taste, i think they may still be sold at Preston football ground. I once asked for fish and chips at a chippy in Streatham London only to find all the skin an some fins still on, i was told thats how they do it it was in the 70s. Funny lot them southerners

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 14-Oct-2011
    Butter pie is also known as Friday pie or Catholic pie as there is no meat in it so it can be eaten on Fridays. You can still get them at Preston matches after a campaign by supporters when they stopped selling them. The company that made them went out of buisness and Hollands took over the pie supply but of course they dont make butter pies. They have a new supplier now.
    Dave

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 14-Oct-2011
    Calling one time in what I thought was a chip shop in Norfolk, I asked for pie & chips only to be told they only did pies or battered fish. Another chippy in Huddersfield thought it strange when I asked for gravy !! .... Oh you must come from the WRONG side of the Pennines they said.

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 14-Oct-2011
    In Nottinghamshire, they do chips n'cheese, which is chips in a tray with melted cheese on top.
    It sounds OK, but takes some scoffing and fills you up, but made me feel a bit sickly.

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 14-Oct-2011
    Hi John
    Over in North Yorkshire lots of the chip shops do cheese and chips though I have never tried it.
    They also ask if you want scraps on your food which is what we used to call scratchings.

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 15-Oct-2011
    We went to Bury market today and they were selling Butter Pies on a couple of the stalls, its the first time I have seen them,was going to pick one up before we came home but we came away without.Its as good an excuse to go back next time and get one.
    Dave

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by Mr. Roy Cox (Member 10242747) on 18-Oct-2011
    Sharples made good pies etc., But Blackwoods bakery on Mount Rd. took a lot of beating, never come accross meat and potato pies like theirs ever since.

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 21-Oct-2011
    Quite correct there Roy about Blackwood's meat & Potato pies being the best, but, as I said earlier, don't forget the wonderful meat pies they sold, they were even better than Holland's - in my opinion of course - though Holland's did run them pretty close.

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by Bill Entwistle (Member 10266722) on 24-Oct-2011
    Sorry but only one of you got it right. My mother used to go to the washhouse on Sturday morning and left us some money to by pies from Lenardo's on Birch Street. The bakery occupied the ground floor of the building comprising the end property of Birch Street and the street that went back at an angle from it leading to Bobbies Croft (so named because a police station was once there, linked to the ... more >>

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Oct-2011
    Bill,
    Did you know an old schoolmate of mine from St Marks' called Tony Latham, lived on Corby Street near Lennardo's?

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by barrie roberts (Member 10256887) on 24-Oct-2011
    Hi Bill I remember the sash window at lenardo's well, we used to buy a bag of broken biscuits every week( well nearly every week) and i can still smell them now lol

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by dave hodkinson (Member 10266434) on 27-Oct-2011
    never mind sharples, must of been good ,but i remember Leonardo's on Birch st passed that open window for about 9 yrs every day and even in my trolly! , wonderful aroma ., and occasionaly my mum stopped and bought some for for my dad and presumably me! Later on I used to run down to the shop and buy them and run back with them for tea. Birch st to Whittaker st near the monastry. Good days

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 28-Oct-2011
    For Dave, Do you remember a Steve Goldthorpe from Whittakers St. I lived for a very short time at number 14, but that was about "66". Steve later married and went to live in Beswick, near the market.

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by dave hodkinson (Member 10266434) on 28-Oct-2011
    for John, Hi yes indeed his older brother Jeff was a good mate went to school with him ,met up with him at the schools reunion at the now defunct Lord Nelson on Hyde rd earlier this year, he lives in Denton. i was brought up at number 6 Whittaker st, left there in 1963.Stephen used to knock about with my late brother Albert him being 3 yrs my junior.nice reminising, cheers

  • Re: Sharples pie shop by Graham Corbett (Member 10271490) on 9-Mar-2012
    Sharples did great Meat and Potatoe Pies. There was a Sharles shop at the bottom end of Cross Lane, facing Tescos near to the junction of Wellington Street. I used to enjoy one, and a custard, while out of school (St James's) at dinner time. Does anyone remember Hames's, a similar shop, at the Hyde Rd end of Gorton Cross Street.

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Maps by michelle cooper (Member 10075499) on 2-Oct-2011
Does anybody know if there's any old maps of Gorton in existence please? My mum lived in Johnson Street for her birth in 1946 until it was pulled down though I'm not sure what year. I'm interested to find out whereabouts In Gorton this street once stood.   
  • Re: Maps by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 2-Oct-2011
    Hi Michelle, I've got a few old maps covering all the old streets in the area. But can't find a Johnson Street anywhere in Gorton, I searched the Manchester Libraries street images. But the only one they have listed was in Openshaw, when I checked it back on the maps it turned out to be close to what is now Grey Mare Lane Police station. Could this be the same Johnson St? the old streets in that a... more >>

  • Re: Maps by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 3-Oct-2011
    Some years ago I photo-copied two pages of a 1950's A to Z which covers both West and East Gorton. I'd be quite happy to email to anyone. I've done this before. While it's 1950's, the streets and layout are of course mainly Victorian.

  • Re: Maps by derek Barber (Member 10264804) on 3-Oct-2011
    Hi Peter I would like to take advantage of your offer of the 1950s maps of west gorton.my e-mail is derek.barber@ntlworld.com.
    my grand daughter was asking about where I grew up so I will be able to show her.Thanks in antcipation.D.R.B.

  • Re: Maps by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 3-Oct-2011
    No problem Derek. I'm at work at the moment, but will do it tonight.

  • Re: Maps by george gee (Member 10245909) on 3-Oct-2011
    HI PAUL I was born in gorton ELLESMERE STREET in 1926 and would love to have a MAP of old GORTON if you could emale me any copies you have i would be willing to pay for them all the bestregards george gee

  • Re: Maps by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 3-Oct-2011
    George (Paul's mum here) are you any relation to Winnie Gee? I think she lived near Queens Rd West Gorton years ago.

  • Re: Maps by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 3-Oct-2011
    Hi George, just send me your email address, they're FREE. Free to anyone who wants them,

  • Re: Maps by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 3-Oct-2011
    I forgot to mention the maps covering Gorton, are from the 1960's back to 1906 to show the street name changes.

    The West Gorton maps are from the 1960's back to 1845 showing farms on the land before the terraced streets. There is also an 1898 map of the area showing the Belle Vue Prison, the streets are showing, but so new they hadn't all been named then.

    Contact me on, paul.hartley55@bti... more >>

  • Re: Maps by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 4-Oct-2011
    MICHELLE .... Sorry I've given you some dud information about the whereabouts of Johnson St.
    I have traced another one on a 1916 map of Openshaw near Delamere Park, the street name has been changed at sometime to Lassell Street, but it still exists today.
    If you type in Lassell Street, Openshaw in Google maps you will find it. It is in two sections, either side fo the top of Delamere Park, even... more >>

  • Re: Maps by george gee (Member 10245909) on 5-Oct-2011
    HI PAUL my email address is george.gee8@talktalk.net many thanks PAUL

  • Re: Maps by george gee (Member 10245909) on 5-Oct-2011
    HI MARY as regards to winnie gee she could have been related to me all my aunts and uncles plus my GRANDMA lived in JOSEPH STREET and STANLEY STREET off QUEENS ROAD all the bestregards GEORGE GEE

  • Re: Maps by michelle cooper (Member 10075499) on 6-Oct-2011
    Hi, thanks for the replies, I don't know if this particular Johnson Street was in Openshaw, I will have to ask my mother but she is away at the moment. Please could you email me the maps as well if you don't mind.

  • Re: Maps by michelle cooper (Member 10075499) on 6-Oct-2011
    Oops just forgot, my email is mdolla@hotmail.co.uk many thanks, just looking at the images now on Google

  • Re: Maps by george gee (Member 10245909) on 6-Oct-2011
    HI PAUL THANKS for the maps having a bit of trouble printing them but I will manage it by the that tommy lambs you marked in red it was next to my old school SAINT JAMES when us school kids played on his wagons he used to come out and chase us off and by the way he only had wagons and horses when we played before the war he must have modernisd after we left school HA HA

  • Re: Maps by marie hyslop (Member 10266346) on 15-Oct-2011
    Hi Paul would be grateful to receive a copy of the maps you have. I was born in Chadwick street West Gorton lst street after Gorton Brook Hotel until the regeneration as it was called in the late 60's. Do you happen to be any relation to theHartley's who lived in Savoy Street off Great Jackson Street.
    Many thanks Marie Edwards/Hyslop

  • Re: Maps by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 15-Oct-2011
    Hi Marie Paul's my son we lived in Coventry Street until the houses were pulled down, then went to Stanley Grove now I am back near Birch street (I must know you)

  • Re: Maps by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 15-Oct-2011
    Forgot to say I married the oldest child of the Hartley's in Savoy Street

  • Re: Maps by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 16-Oct-2011
    Hi Marie, I need your email address to send the maps through, which end of Chadwick St did you live?
    It seems funny how I didn't know anyone in the section from Hoylake St through too Clowes St, but a lot from the Birch St end up to Hoylake St.

  • Re: Maps by marie hyslop (Member 10266346) on 17-Oct-2011
    Hi Paul my email address is hhyslop25@aol.com.
    I livednearer to Birch Street but not far from the corrugated mission.
    Are you related to Hartley's off Savoy Street

  • Re: Maps by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Oct-2011
    did you knoe Jim's shop on the corner of chadwick street Marie? we lived in Coventry Street facing their house

  • Re: Maps by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Oct-2011
    Sorry that should have read "did you know"

  • Re: Maps by marie hyslop (Member 10266346) on 18-Oct-2011
    Hi Mary I remember you and I do remember Jim's shop my mother shopped there all the time. Don't know if you remeber my mother and father we lived at the 3rd house from pomfritt street they were called louie and tom. Dad didn't work because he had really bad bronchitus.

  • Re: Maps by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 18-Oct-2011
    I really must have known you Marie, how long were you there when we moved there? I remember there was a women my age called Chrissie, she was in my class at school and must have lived next door to you or the house after that, didn't know your mum and dad by name but must have talked to them at some time, did you know Mrs Berry on that row, and Hazel and Bernard?

  • Re: Maps by marie hyslop (Member 10266346) on 18-Oct-2011
    Mary I was born in Chadwick Street 1944 and left in 1969. Is the chrissie you mention Chris Avery nee Burns her parents lived on Thomas Street and her husband was Derrick. If so they moved to New Mills and her house was then taken by Hazel an Bernard. Nust know Mrs.Berry but can.t bring a face to mind.
    My sister Joan lived next door to Hazel and Bernard but sh moved to Macclesfield mid 60's
    ... more >>

  • Re: Maps by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 18-Oct-2011
    Thats right Marie, her name was Chrissie Burns off Thomas street, Mrs Berry was an old lady that used to stand on the step, she taught me to make lovely aran knitting, I beleive she got ran over on Belle Vue street, do you remember Walter he was a bit backward and walked a big dog, he lived on your row, The only Tom I knew was Tommy Farricker Don't know whether I have spelt his name right, but I w... more >>

  • Re: Maps by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 18-Oct-2011
    Marie.... Round about the first 3 houses from Pomfrett Street the person I remember was a plump girl with Blonde hair who used to stand on the step, why she sticks out in my memory was because she always looked so clean and well dressed, did you know her?

  • Re: Maps by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 18-Oct-2011
    Mrs Berry was a small woman with pointed glasses, she lived alone just passed Coventry St and sometimes helped out serving in Savage's shop at the top of Coventry St.
    Her next door neighbour had 2 sons in their 20's both had small dogs, one a miniture Collie the other a Scottie.
    Mam .... who was the woman you knew on that row with 2 daughters, they looked like twins but their birthdays were ab... more >>

  • Re: Maps by marie hyslop (Member 10266346) on 19-Oct-2011
    Mary I do remeber Mrs,Berry a lovely old lady. The blond girl you mention was Pat Potts her mother and father lived at the very top of Chadwick Street near to Clowes Street. She also moved to Macclesfield when my sister moved and was firneds with Joan until she died of cancer in her early 50's. She had 2 girls.

  • Re: Maps by marie hyslop (Member 10266346) on 19-Oct-2011
    Paul the 2 sons you metion with the dogs were not brother 1 was the son of Mr & Mrs Cresty and the other one was his FRIEND

  • Re: Maps by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 19-Oct-2011
    I always boasted I had a good memory Marie, but I just can't bring you to mind, was there a lady near your house that was Chrissie Burns aunty? she seemed a friendly sort of woman. Did you know anyone in the streets around you ? Who did you pal about with?

  • Re: Maps by marie hyslop (Member 10266346) on 19-Oct-2011
    mary don't think chris had an auntie lived in chadwick street unless your thinking of my mother we lived 3rd house from pomfrit street next to the blonde women you mentioned and hazel and bernard when they were there. I was friends with the stansfield twins, olive day and audrey bagot all from clifford street, In 1959 when you moved there I had just left school. Harry and I lived with my man and... more >>

  • Re: Maps by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 19-Oct-2011
    It confuses me a bit because Hazel and Bernard moved along the row to a second house, don't know whether it was yours or not after you had gone, I also had a son in 1965 so yours would have been three years older (I called him Darren ) I remember Olive Day Paul was saying he saw her last year in Droylsden up to recently the family lived a stones throw away from me in West Gorton I would always see... more >>

  • Re: Maps by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 19-Oct-2011
    Were the Stansfield twins Barbara and Anne? I remember them, Did you know Emmie next door she was disabled ?

  • Re: Maps by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 20-Oct-2011
    I am a old Gorton Lad from off Chapman street who went to St Jimmys school and would love any old maps of Gorton Please
    My email addy is bodzy3@gmail.com

  • Re: Maps by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 20-Oct-2011
    These maps are priceless Paul. I have distributed them to my Gorton brothers, and I emailed them to a cousin of mine who is in his 70's, and a bit cantankerous. He came back at me saying what's the point of sending me old maps when I go to the expense of buying new and up to date A to Z's every 2 years? He is serious and not joking.

    Where do you start explaining this to him, and do you ever wis... more >>

  • Re: Maps by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 20-Oct-2011
    Hiya Peter .... I got a good laugh from that, one of my uncles would be the same I think, but I'm glad you enjoy them.
    What started me off collecting them, was when I found a 1966 Manchester A-Z on Ebay 8 years ago with a starting price of 99p. I was surprised that no one else bid the price up at the time, but my son was laughing about it.
    Saying ..... "it's because no one else would be daft e... more >>

  • Re: Maps by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 20-Oct-2011
    Alan .... I will send you those maps through, by the way I went to Bishop Greer on Taylor St with a lad called Tony Boden, is he a relative at all.?

  • Re: Maps by dave hodkinson (Member 10266434) on 20-Oct-2011
    Hi, Im new to this site,I lived on Whittaker st off Motor st near the Monastry.I see you have a old map of this area, will you be so kind to email me with this? memories are now flooding back from those good old days as a kid, left Gorton in 1963 at the tender age of 13yrs. Attended Peacock infants and juniorsand on to Ryder brow,left in 1965. many thanks in anticipation. Dave Hodkinson

  • Re: Maps by dave hodkinson (Member 10266434) on 20-Oct-2011
    MY EMAIL IS DAVE.HODKINSON@NTLWORLD.COM IF THE GORTON MAP IS AVAILABLE THANKS

  • Re: Maps by dave hodkinson (Member 10266434) on 28-Oct-2011
    Thanks for quick reply ref maps , I noticed that where I lived the streets close by are listed incorrectly , ie: welsley st instead of walsall st ? any info please

  • Re: Maps by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 28-Oct-2011
    Hi Dave, it must have had a change of name, a lot did in the late 50's for some reason.
    On the 1966 A - Z it's showing as Walsall St.

  • Re: Maps by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 28-Oct-2011
    You're right Paul. We lived in Beasley Street near the top of Taylor St (Gorton Lane end). They changed it to Bannock Street in the 1950's as there was a Bealey Street off Crossley Road, and the post kept getting mixed up. It was before they had postal codes.

  • Re: Maps by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 21-Nov-2011
    The streets of west Gorton where I was dragged up had faded in my ageing memory so I began a quest for a map of my childhood and could not find one. Eventually I discovered a company in the north east that has reprinted period street maps of most of the country and now I can wander through all the streets,back entries and crofts in my minds eye. The maps date from 1900-1920 and very little had cha... more >>

  • Re: Maps by Arthur Hamnett (Member 10275138) on 9-Jul-2012
    Peter can you possibly email me the old gorton street maps,I lived in Beasley street I till they were pulled down and me my brother and dad moved to hattersley

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WALLPAPERING by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-Oct-2011
How the design has changed in papering the walls, do you remember what they called a freeze? (Leaving a foot gap the same white as the ceiling with a border between the white and wallpaper,) I even remember the distemper and dabs of colour done with a sponge during war years when you couldn't get the wallpaper poverty looking but everyone had the same.   
  • Re: WALLPAPERING by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 2-Oct-2011
    Does anyone remember when every roll of wallpaper had a half-inch wide white border running all the way down the right-hand-side?
    This was so you could overlap each length with the left-hand-side and give a neatmatching overlappingt joint - though you could always see the half-inch "lump" right across the wall.
    Wallpaper shops, such as Dobson's on Hyde Road had a special trimming machine, and fo... more >>

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 2-Oct-2011
    SORRY - trimmed off, so you could run matching edges together - what a waste of time that was !!
    Distemper was sometimes used for upstairs bedrooms only, some "snobbish" families wanted their neighbours only to see their "posh" wallpapered rooms downstairs.
    One funny thing I always recall - nowadays we think nothing of visiting someone's home and saying, "can I use your loo?".
    How many times di... more >>

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 2-Oct-2011
    Do you know John the moment you mentioned that edge on the paper I thought of Dobson's trimming machine,before I read further. By the way I am refering to the wall paper shop on the corner of Moreland Street West Gorton, but my husband tells me that wasn.t called Dobsons, and that Dobsons was opposite Belle vue station, and Acorn Dobson lived there (A well known speedway rider)

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 2-Oct-2011
    And wasn't those outside toilets a problem so dreaded on those dark cold winter nights, us kids were frightend to go alone and often carried a torch with us, mum lost her temper if we didn,t brave it and asked her to go with us sometimes when she was listening to a favourite wireless series she didn't want to miss, (Or was it T V program for you younger folk)

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 3-Oct-2011
    And you often had to clear a cat off the seat before you could use it.

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 3-Oct-2011
    Not only a cat Peter, we lived on the corner of Forbes street, and our back door came on to Stowell Street, the visitors (Trippers as we called them,) came down from Belle Vue in crowds, and if we left the back door unlocked we didn't know who we would find in our toilet, my mother in law a few streets away sat on someones knee in the black out when she went to her toilet one night.

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 6-Oct-2011
    Well Mary, people were a lot closer and friendlier in those days. ;-)

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 6-Oct-2011
    My first real girlfriend's mam & dad had a wallpaper shop on Wellington Street, West Gorton. Her name was Glenis Whittingham. I think she went on to become a district nurse in Gorton? I wonder where she is today? Talking about cats, I once decorated the flat I was living in at the time, and just as I had finished hanging my last piece of wallpaper on the wall, my cat leapt half way up the wall, du... more >>

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 16-Oct-2011
    Dobsons had three wallpaper shops, the one on Hyde Road plus one in Beswick and one in Levenshulme.
    His son was "Acorn" Dobson, a Belle Vue Aces rider.
    They used to advertise that they stocked ten different shades of distemper, that chalk-based wall wash that was a substitute for wallpaper.

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by Peter Woodier (Member 10148049) on 18-Oct-2011
    A bloke hated his neighbour who one day knocked on his door asking how many rolls of wallpaper did he buy to do his living room, as it was the same size.
    The guy replied 18.
    A week later, the neighbour knocked again saying he'd got 4 rolls left over, to which the bloke said "Aye, so have I"

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by Dave Wright (Member 10256925) on 18-Oct-2011
    I was doing some decorating last week so I got out my stepladder, I don't get on with my real ladder.

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by julie (Member 10255407) on 18-Oct-2011
    Lol verrrry good

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by Bill Entwistle (Member 10266722) on 24-Oct-2011
    I went to school (Ardwich Sec. Tech.) with John Dobson whose Dad had the Wallpaper shop on Hyde Road. Is this the same lad who became "Acorn" Dobson the speedway rider? He looked the spitting image of Tony Hancock.

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Oct-2011
    Hi Bill,
    The Belle Vue Aces speedway star was Stanley (Acorn) Dobson, born 1906 at Manchester, who started to ride for the Aces in 1928 when the club first started on a cinder track at Kirkmanshulme Lane, which strangely is now there new home after being based inside Belle Vue Zoological Gardens for years.
    His Dad, like you say, owned three wallpaper shops, one in Gorton, one in Levensulme and one in Beswick.

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Oct-2011
    Bill,
    A bit of information for you:
    The Census Record of 1901 (5 years before Stanley Dobson was born), shows that the Dobson family were living at 81 Hyde Road, Gorton:
    Thomas Spencer Dobson was a 42 years old House Decorator, self-employed and working from home, and the rest of the family was:
    1) Annie, 38, his wife, born Audenshaw
    2) Thomas, 18, his son, a Decorator,... more >>

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 7-Nov-2011
    Jack , i emailed Glenis Wittingham about 3years ago she was just retireing from working at Christies (i Think) She was on Friends Reunited
    and was in the same class as me at school (St James ) havent got the email ,must have deleted it

    Al Bowden

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 10-Nov-2011
    Thanks Al, I have only just seen your email reply. I will look on Friends Reunited to see if she is still on there. If you find anything more please let me know. It would be nice to hear how she is doing. I will let you know if I find her.

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by Frank Ravlen (Member 10276433) on 16-Jul-2012
    Hi there John Holmes and other correspondents regarding my Grandfather Thomas Spenser Dobson.I was born 1936 in Haddon Street(Harwell) .My mother was the Annie listed in the census as 2 years old. Eldest of the five surviving children of Tom and Annie. They were in order, Annie,Norman,Lily,Stanley and Frank.The baby Jane died early from either rabies or Hydrocephalus,my mother did tell me many ye... more >>

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by Frank Ravlen (Member 10276433) on 16-Jul-2012
    Aunt Ellen was known as Nellie a spinster who had a sweet shop on Hyde Road just past Cross Street towards Wellington Street.

  • Re: WALLPAPERING by Frank Ravlen (Member 10276433) on 10-Mar-2014
    Further to my previous notes, the John referred to by an earlier correspondent would be my cousin John Dobson son of Norman who didn't own the wallpaper shops but worked for his brother Frank Dobson. In the 70s Uncle Norman (who had the garage halfway up Chapman Street) and his wife and 2 sons went to live in Galloway They set up a motoring business which still survives
    The lads married and unfo... more >>

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Games in the street by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-Oct-2011
Do you remember when little boys played cowboys and Indians and ran round the streets pretending to be on a horse patting their bottoms and firing at you with a piece of firewood as a gun, I enjoyed playing this although I,m femail, but could never watch a western without thinking the actors were enjoying the part just like I did. And I could never take the film or tv series seriously   
  • Re: Games in the street by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-Oct-2011
    Sorry spelling mistake (female, thought it looked funny)

  • Re: Games in the street by Jack Forshaw (Member 10258735) on 23-Oct-2011
    Nor could I take them seriously either Mary, especially when their hats never came off when they were fighting.

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Pram Races. by Paul Hartley (Member 10226532) on 1-Oct-2011
When did the pub pram races fizzle out, and were they always held at the same time each year. I can't ever remember seeing one, how far did they travel.   
  • Re: Pram Races. by DANNY COLEMAN (Member 10221392) on 6-Oct-2011
    i dont remember pram races but i remember hospital bed pushes. i did one with the pinapple years ago i was a charity bed push. We went round all the pubs collecting money for christies a had drink in each and collect a lot of money , i think it was about a £1000 pound or there abouts on the day

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